My first post- oak slab bench with walnut keys.

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Project by Andrew63 posted 11-01-2013 04:58 PM 3372 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here goes my first post, I hope you like it.

I milled all of the wood for this project by myself with a chainsaw Alaskan mill. We own several acres of woods behind my house. The tree that these slabs came from had fallen awhile ago and started to rot. I had to deal with a lot of this later. The wood was already relatively dry right off the mill since it had been sitting. I read 22% on my meter and waited until it was around 12% to start working. All of the flattening and smothing was done with handplanes. Everything was relatively flat so it didn’t take very much work. The legs and top are made of two seperate slabs but they are book matched. One slab was ripped into square stock for the legs and the other kept for the top. The legs are joined to the top with mortise and tenon joints. The corner pieces were created from the off cuts of bark from the leg stock. These were attached with mitered mortise and tenons. Which I don’t recommend due to the complexity. The slab had quite a few cracks that I stabilized with butterfly joints. It was my first time using these and there not perfect but they work for me. It’s finished with 5 coats of Danish oil. Overall this project was a lot of fun and I enjoyed making it. All comments and suggestions are absolutely welcome. I want to honestly know what you think.

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 05:05 PM

Beautiful piece of wood – did a great job with the keys and the like – overall – really nice job – its a keeper

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 05:44 PM

A real rustic but contemporary piece .nice work

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 06:53 PM

Andrew a great bench
When the wood wants to speak, listen
The wood and design compliment each other


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 06:55 PM

Well done!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 12:28 AM

Man, you really put a lot of work into this bench (and it shows). That is not an easy wood to work. Very impressive job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 01:08 AM

Very nice job. Looks great.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 09:27 PM

An excellent project Andrew,

Keep the oil up to it and it should provide years of service.

Good work on the chainsaw mill and timber matching choices.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 11-03-2013 06:46 PM

Great job the bench is gorgeous and it’s cool you made use of a log a lot of people would have scrapped. Welcome to LJs.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 11:07 PM

Very nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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