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TinWhiskers

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11-14-2015 06:34 PM

My first slab job. Want to make a bench with a back rest. With the legs and seat weighing 140 lbs, would an 80 lb back make it top heavy? Feet will be about 15’’ wide. positioned at the rear of the seat slab.

I am probably jumping the gun here as I am using the wood with a moisture content of 20%. My first intention was an outdoor bench. But have found a place for it indoors in a waiting area at a local BBQ joint.

Once made with a back rest, would I have problems when it dries and shrinks?

Could I get away with just a seat with no back rest? Maybe add a back rest next summer? The plan is to use 3’’ angle iron for leg braces with a stringer.

Slabs are 2.75’’ thick.

Kim


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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 11:02 PM

I’ve made a couple of these style benches. I don’t like backrests on them and I don’t think anyone would actually lean back and use them. If you do put a backrest on, it would probably be stable if the back of the bench were against a wall. 20% is probably just a little on the wet side for my comfort. If it were me, I would consider adding a stretcher lower down to stablize the legs from any chance of racking.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 02:22 AM

Thx Randy

I’ll hold off on the back rest. The moisture level does worry me too. Due to that I planned as simple as I can go. If there is a problem down the road I could take apart and redo. The restaurant is owned by a friend and it will be some sort of barter deal. So there is no problem if the bench has issues.

I was going to center the stretcher but will take your tip and lower it.

—Kim—Fremont, OH by way of Northwest(Fremont), OH… 13.8 mi. east of Woodville

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 03:10 AM

Kim – I just noticed you are right next to my hometown! Small world.
I was back visiting my dad just last week.

Randy

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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