Garden Slab-Bench

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Project by jaykaypur posted 174 days ago 1116 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Garden bench out of poplar slab (62”x22”x1 1/2”) and a hollow spalted maple log (18”tall). Had the poplar slab for 3 years and got the maple log from a windstorm clean-up. This was NOT what I had in mind when I went out to make this bench but it turned out great. The dowels are 4” x 1 3/8” oak pieces and go into the maple “legs” about 2 1/2” and it made a darn tight joinery! Was going to put a 1 3/8” oak dowel runner/spacer between the legs but it doesn’t need it. Used red sand and CA glue to fill the one “hole” in the bench. Finished with a saturation of Danish oil. This bench weighs in excess of 100 lbs. and is a sturdy piece. The person I made this for said she wanted an all-weather bench that was gonna last….I think this will fit the bill.
This is the first that I have been in the shop since Christmas…it’s been bitter cold and snowing and I hate both. Plus, my shop has a concrete floor and no heat. Was good to be back out there. Hopefully Spring weather is here for good now!
Please do not ask me about all the hi-tech equipment in and around the shop. I have no answers. LOL
Thanks for the looks and comments.

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

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#1 posted 174 days ago

I like the way you split the log for the legs. Looks rock solid. I have always wanted to do this. How did you split it? DO you think the danish oil will hold up to the weather? You should say don’t ask about the weather, we have another 3-6’’ coming tonight. Anyway , well done job and glad your in the shop again.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 174 days ago

Yeah, I’m like Dave, I really like the use of the split hollow log as a base. The Poplar looks super. Nice job on a project that is certain to be around for many, many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 174 days ago

Great looking bench, I like the dowels and the no metal joinery.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 174 days ago

doubleDD—I used a chainsaw to split the log and she doesn’t really care if it weathers or not. She wanted something heavy and something that would last a while. I think it will be okay….but I think once she see’s it, she will put it under cover of some sort.

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

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#5 posted 174 days ago

This is way kool. I really like the dowel pins to hold the cool legs on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 174 days ago

Great job. I really like the look of it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 173 days ago

Great looking bench. Encourage her to recoat it at least annually or put it out of the weather. It is way too nice to let the sun and weather ruin it (and it will).

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

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#8 posted 173 days ago

gfadvm——-I will tell her. Thanks.

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

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#9 posted 173 days ago

i really like the bench…but then again i like all of your work

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 173 days ago

Like the saw marks on the top!

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

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#11 posted 173 days ago

nice work, that hollow log for the legs is a great idea.

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

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#12 posted 173 days ago

Good stuff Jim, I really like this. I know what you mean about the cold temps for sure, glad you have made it back out.
Keep it going, looks great!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#13 posted 173 days ago

Now that is a nice bench.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#14 posted 173 days ago

Looks awesome!!!

-- Speedy

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#15 posted 172 days ago

I like it. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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