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Project by BenZ posted 07-15-2008 at 07:43 PM 1700 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all started about a year back while I was helping a old friend of mine mill some lumber out at his place in good ol’ Floyd, VA. He owns a furniture company and their motto is “from the woods to your living room”. They do it all, hence the lumber milling. So, anyways, we were finishing up for the day and I saw a few pieces of “scrap” maple that he was going to throw in the fire pile and asked if I could have a few pieces to build something with. He gladly obliged due in part to the fact that all he was paying me at the time was a few cheeseburgers and knowledge about the business. These pieces then sat in my trunk for quite a while killing my gas mileage until I finally decided what I wanted to do and then convinced another buddy of mine to use his shop.

I wish I had a picture of when I first started, because the logs actually still had dead vines attached to them and the bark intact. The bark was removed with a hammer and small hatchet then the “live edge” sanded smooth. As soon as I took the first 1/8” off with the planer I knew I had hit the jackpot. The grain pattern, worm holes, and ambrosia were absolutely gorgeous and really went perfectly with the rustic feel I was going for. I could go on and on about the design process I went through (which felt like a seemingly never ending and ongoing process at the time), the lessons learned and the inspirations, but I have a few more boards to joint and sand before the night is over. So please enjoy the photos and let me know what you all think of the end product.

Thanks for reading and THANK YOU for providing all of us with a place to share and learn!

-E.B.Z. and thats IrieDog is the final pic, can you tell she is a spoiled pup? :)

-- E.B.Z. Virginia





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Karson

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 at 07:46 PM

Great looking bench. The ambrosia Maple looks great. I’ve got maybe 200bd of it. I make my kitchen cabinets in NJ out of some. I hated to leave them, Great looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 at 08:34 PM

Exceptionally nice… I love anything rustic or primitive…. thanks for the post!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Miket

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 at 08:53 PM

Looks like it’s build for the ages!

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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trifern

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 at 09:37 PM

Nice looking fire wood. I really like the fireflies, I mean butterflies. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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lew

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 at 09:46 PM

As another lumberjock once commented on one of my posts, “some people will do any thing to get their dog’s picture on the Internet”

That is one beautiful bench!- dog ain’t bad either!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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RobS

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#6 posted 07-15-2008 at 09:52 PM

Nice save Ben! Looks like a super smooth finish too. Nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Callum Kendall

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 at 01:55 AM

Great work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out http://thetimberkid.com/

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 07-16-2008 at 03:07 AM

BenZ,

that is job I like. Thanks for posting.

-- Jiri

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snowdog

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#9 posted 07-16-2008 at 05:16 AM

Wow that is really nice. Is the only thing holding the two planks together butterflies?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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BenZ

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#10 posted 07-16-2008 at 04:16 PM

Thanks for all the comments and yes I did have to throw in a pic with the pup :) The seat and the stretcher are held together by butterflies and the legs, essentially the entire piece is supported by itself. There are not any type of mechanical (metal) fasteners and only glue where the legs are mortised into the seat.

-- E.B.Z. Virginia

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 07-16-2008 at 11:14 PM

A nice piece of craftsmanship!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 07-19-2008 at 01:49 PM

Great project, good save, this is my kind of work. Well done. I’ll be looking for more.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#13 posted 07-19-2008 at 05:52 PM

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#14 posted 07-21-2008 at 08:33 AM

Nice job on recovering beautiful wood!!!

-- NW wood worker

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#15 posted 08-04-2008 at 06:23 PM

Great job. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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