Curly Burl Redwood Bench with Inlaid Turquoise

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Project by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 08-15-2013 09:10 PM 2324 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a bench that we made using curly redwood burl and burl pine legs. It measures 52×27x19 and is inlaid with turquoise. It was custom made for a family in London, which was made for a loved one that passed away.

We used several coats of General Finishes Outdoor Oil


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#1 posted 08-15-2013 09:13 PM

That curly redwood looks great, especially with the natural legs. You did a nice job of bringing out the curly grain. How is the top attached to the legs?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 09:16 PM

We shaped a piece of 5/8 plywood to that of the bench, and made it smaller than the bench top so that it was not visible, then we bolted the plywood to the legs, and countersunk holes on the underside of the bench so that the redwood would set on the plywood and line up with the bolt tops. Then we used several 2” screws to attach the plywood to the bottom of the redwood….

Hope that made sense


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#3 posted 08-15-2013 09:31 PM

Nice Project

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 09:55 PM

Nice job. Did you inlay something in the center, or was it there naturally? It adds interest.

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 10:00 PM

I forgot to mention that we inlaid a piece of maple burl in the center and accented it with turquoise


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#6 posted 08-15-2013 10:09 PM

What a wonderful piece. Where did you find that Redwood!!!! As always you bring out the beauty of nature in your work and enhance it!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 08-15-2013 10:12 PM

THANK YOU! We ordered the redwood from a supplier in California. Dias Artistries, Adam is amazing to work with.


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#8 posted 08-15-2013 11:58 PM

Absolutely stunning work….which we have come to expect from you. You two are truly special

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 08-16-2013 12:27 AM

Fantastic looking project ! Love how the finish has brought out the grain so well : )
Any close ups of the center inlay ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 08-16-2013 12:52 AM

beautiful bench

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#11 posted 08-16-2013 02:16 AM

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#12 posted 08-16-2013 02:27 AM

Tim and Candy,

Another incredible piece of art! Your really know how to take fabulous wood and make the most out of it. We can’t help but think that piece weighs a ton; it looks massive. Shipping must have been quite a challenge. Thanks, again, for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 08-16-2013 02:50 AM

Awesome! I really like the figure in that wood.

-- Dick

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#14 posted 08-16-2013 04:51 AM

Very cool

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#15 posted 08-16-2013 08:06 AM

Love it,,,,, The inlay is a nice touch as well

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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