Live Edge Maple Bench Light Spalting

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Project by deadoakcarvings posted 02-24-2014 02:30 AM 2101 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5’ long, 14” wide, and 17” tall, this live edge Maple bench is assembled with mortise and tenon joints. I used the outer slabs from the log to form the vertical legs, and ripped another live edge flitch down the middle to create the cross support. There were only two cracks that went through the full depth of the seat, and those I stabilized with keys made from walnut and epoxied in place. My signature and date are first written in pencil, then burned for longevity. Finish is 4 coats of spar urethane. This is my first attempt at a bench. The Maple tree was cut down in a town near here, reason unknown, but they called me to see if I could use the trunk, so I obliged.

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 03:44 AM

Great looking bench….fyi… you should shovel the snow out of your shop. lol

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 05:31 AM

haha, good point. Hopefully this summer we will have a new home, and soon after, I will have a much larger and better shop. I much prefer the natural outdoor light for pictures of finished product though.

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 12:29 PM

Looks Great !!!

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 01:13 PM

Nice job on the table. The finish is great. Should be very sturdy.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 01:25 PM

That came out really great!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 01:40 PM

wow, looks great, love the live edge. It looks really cold with all of that snow. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 02:26 PM

That is fantastic. Where on the project did you elect to sign your name and date? I like that you did that. I have an old table that my uncle built, probably before 1960. It isn’t fancy, but i keep it and it is very sturdy. I wish he had signed it somewhere like that. A project well done!

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#8 posted 02-24-2014 02:51 PM

This is a beautiful piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 05:36 PM

Jim, I flipped the bench over and signed it on the underside of the seat. My grandfather and great-grandfather were duck decoy carvers and call makers in Henry Illinois. Everything they made was stamped somehow, and their work is still popping up at auctions and sales. Really nice to know the history of a piece, I agree.

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 04:22 PM

Fantastic bench! The Maple is gorgeous and the live edge is amazing with walnut accents. Excellent job!

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