Monkeypod Bench

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Project by Jason W. Fudge posted 01-05-2014 06:30 PM 1344 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I piked up a slab of monkeypod off Craigslist for a pretty good price. This was the first time I ever worked with a slab and rough cut lumber. I built a sled for my planner to level the wood. Then cut it in half with my saw doing multiple passes from the top and the bottom. One half for the bench and the other for the legs. The legs are attached using dowels. I finished it with Shellac that was dilluted with alcohol.

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 06:53 PM

That wood has some great character. Nice job on the finish too…................

-- mike...............

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Jason W. Fudge

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 06:39 AM

This is probably the first project I have done where I did the finish in a way that I am proud of. Typicaly I would use a poly. I hate poly though. For this project I think I did about 25-30 coats of finish on the bench. Because it the shellac was dilluted with alcohol, it didn’t take time to dry between coats so I was able to finish it in a few days. The hardest part of working with the piece was how heavy it is and I was working by myself.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 09:13 AM

Beautiful wood. Slabs present a challenge to work with, but I love the results.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 09:26 AM

Nice work!

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

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 02:39 PM

Great looking and solid bench! Like the awesome wood and finish. You should be proud. Great job!

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