Slab Bench

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Project by slick1970 posted 07-11-2008 02:55 AM 2443 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 07-11-2008 03:47 AM

I like it a lot.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-11-2008 03:49 AM

fun posting … good results on your project

welcome to lj’s

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#3 posted 07-11-2008 04:20 AM

Looks good. Great resource you’ve found with that bandsaw mill!

I haven’t used the jointer on my shopsmith yet (it’s been a great lathe and disk sander though) have to admit I’m a little intimidated by that attachment, how do you like it?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 07-11-2008 04:44 AM

Nice bench. I like the legs with the bark still on them, they are a nice touch to rustic furniture in my opinion.

-- Steve-o

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#5 posted 07-11-2008 10:54 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-12-2008 01:52 AM

Thanks , Everyone for the compliments! I just got finish with the 3 rd. stain now and I have 2 more to go. Going to put 5 total on it. Scott, don’t feel so bad about your shopsmith, This is so far the only thing I have used with my shopsmith so far with any luck. I have played around with the lathe but did not know what I was doing and the wood kept on falling. And the disk sander I need more paper. Thanks everyone once again and good luck with all of your projects.

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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#7 posted 07-12-2008 02:46 PM

Nice bench, and sentiment.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 07-23-2008 06:03 PM

Nice bench.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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