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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 11-13-2013 09:02 PM 4096 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2013 09:02 PM

I’ve completed the milling and sanding of the main half log making the bench seating surface, but I don’t know what to do about legs and I need some recommendations. It’s already around 300lbs so I’m not worried if it ends up being heavier. I do want to make sure that it will sit flat, so either three legs or four with one adjustable foot. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 03:52 PM

300 LB?? If you have a lathe, use similar logs about 4-6 inches; round one end to about 2-3/4. Saw the tenons vertically. Boar a whole at about 15 degree 3” deep on the bench. Place wooden wedges inside the saw cuts on tenons and hammer the legs in. Alternative is using pre-fabricated cast iron or steel legs. :(


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#2 posted 11-29-2013 04:56 PM

I would use 4 legs for that heavy. you can always sand off the ends a little to level it.

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 10:41 PM

I agree, I’d use 4 legs. Is that spalted maple?

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 10:47 PM

see if this helps.

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#5 posted 11-30-2013 01:34 AM

I’m very partial to modern metal leg designs juxtaposed with live edge/log benches. Some ideas:

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 04:11 PM

It is spalted maple, silver? I think. I am leaning more toward the four legged option. I do have a lathe and several different sized self feed bits in the 2” – 4” range. The other thought I had that I’ve seen is two half logs coped to the profile of the main bench log or the main log coped to them. Seems like it would be a tremendous amount of wood to remove with any degree of precision. I do like the modern look, but I have several smaller logs on hand, acrylic and steel I don’t have on hand right now.

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