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07-16-2016 10:48 AM

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I’m building a (sitting) bench from a 2” thick piece of mahogany. It’s 10’ long and I’ll be using the outer 16” or so for the legs, so it’ll be a nice long bench.

I’ve got this little section on what will be the underside of the front. I’m not sure what’s going on here. Is it spalted? I’m not sure. But it looks like it has real potential to be beautiful. I’m just not sure what to do with it.

I’m considering using a rasp to take out an even amount on it, following its general curved shape, at least deeper than that ugly black cut mark. And then after rasping, sanding it down. I’m okay with a “divot” in the bench. It doesn’t have to be a perfect flawless rectangle of a surface. I just want to make it look nice.

Any ideas? What would you do? Thanks for your ideas!!

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 11:37 AM

Good morning Eric, how about making a “Dutchman” there, some guys call them butterfly patches. That way you won’t be leaving a divot in the frame and it’ll show workmanship and fit in nicely on the bench. Have fun, make some dust.

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 01:29 PM

If it was me, I think I’d cut that black section out with a handsaw, and then just round and soften all the edges with a sander.

If it doesn’t appeal to your eye, you could still make it larger curved cutout like it sounds as you are asking about.

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 01:32 PM

I’d leave it. You said it’s the underside, and I would never consider it ugly. I’d soften it with sandpaper so there were no sharp edges and let the finish bring out the character.

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#5 posted 07-16-2016 01:44 PM

could you make it the back ??


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#6 posted 07-16-2016 01:54 PM

If this the underside of a bench won’t the top hide it? If not can you just rip it down thinner or use another piece of wood?

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 02:22 PM

Just leave it. It’s the underside that’s hidden. No need to bother with it.

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#8 posted 07-16-2016 11:37 PM

Hi guys, thanks for your comments! It’s been a long time since I’ve been on Lumberjocks since I have not been doing much woodworking the past couple/few years. Nice to see the community is still thriving. :)

I think I might sand/rasp it down a bit, but yeah, mostly leave it. While it is the underside, it’s still going to be visible. I’ll post an “after” pic here later for those who are curious how it turns out.

Have a great weekend!

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