|Project by Napaman||posted 06-17-2013 05:13 AM||1636 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a Redwood Slab Chair from an 80 foot redwood tree we took down a year ago. I blogged about cutting and milling the wood here last spring. This is the first project I have used with the wood, but when we get back to Napa (NEXT WEEK WE MOVE HOME!!!) I will begin using the longer slabs for benches and other projects.
This slab was really interesting…I thought about using it as a flat bench for a long time, but in the end I decided to try this and I think, though a bit funky, it turned out better then I thought it was going to be when I was about mid-way through the project.
The difficult part was removing the wood in the seat portion—-as you can see in the photos below I tried cutting out chips with circ saw, angle grinding and sanding…I was not worried because this was not meant to be “fine” wood working but rough was fine…in the end I think I got it really smooth.
The seat back was cut right out of the top of the slab. Attaching it was interesting but in the end I think the solution worked.
This chair is HEAVY and will not move around the yard. I could not wait to put it in the back yard with the green ivy backdrop all winter…finally we got to visit our house and I left it up there a couple months ago.
This week I got to go back and sit in it while I was up for training for my new job…and it felt really good. Its pretty comfortable.
The “legs” are meant to be STURDY runners so that it can sit on the ground…as the plants fill in around it they will be hidden a bit. In the winter I will have to position it so the rain can drip out of it…
Unfortunately the pictures above were taken in FULL sun…and do not show well…but in the morning this position gets nice morning sun and light up…
I filled the area between the seat and seat back with thickened epoxy (as well as spots on the chair that had imperfections) and it looks good once hardened and varnished.
The chair is finishid with two (or three???) coats of clear spar varnish. I may add some more…but in better light the wood is really nice.
Below are some more picts.
-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007