|Project by slick1970||posted 07-11-2008 02:55 AM||1888 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I have been interesting in doing a project for some time now and had not decided what to do till I saw a slab bench in American Woodworker. Then I knew that was it! A slab bench would be my 1st. major project. So here it is and I’m still going to add 3 more coats of stain. This is the second coat and I could not wait for the last coat to put it on here for all of yaw to see. The wood is Pecan. A friend from church has a personal saw mill for personal use and I ask him about some dicarded slabs and he said come and get all you want. Well everything was practically all pine. So he said I got a Pecan Log here you can have and you just tell me how thick to cut it. Well I had no idea and said 1 1/2 to 2 ” will be fine. The log was about I reckon 6 or 7 foot or so. So I had the slabs and let them sit up for about maybe 3 weeks or so and then I started sanding and cutting. I made the bench 59 inches long. The legs are 20” tall and the width of the bench is between 9” and 10 1/2”. I wanted it to look rustic and old timey looking. I strip the bark off the bench and left it on the legs. I used Spar Varnish. As far as sandpaper I started with 50 grit and ended up with 220. I hope to get more tools soon but got by with what I had. Beltsander,hand sander, skill saw, Miter saw, and I used the jointer on my shopsmith. I made this bench for my mother-n-law, for which her birthday will be in a few weeks and I really wanted to give her something memberable. We will be making the 600 mile trip to Pennsylvania in a few weeks to hand deliver and cellebrate her 70th. birthday. i hope I gave yaw much detail and welcome any suggestions for my next project of what to do or not to do. Like I said this was my 1st. and I know it’s not perfect but as long as the one who makes it is satified thats all that matter. And yes I am hook on this type of bench and will be making another one after the trip to Pa. for my wife. She has already spoken for the next 2 slabs that I have. Thanks for yaw’s support and its been great looking at everyone’s projects and getting ideas for the future.
-- David, Tignall,Georgia