Cedar Slab Live Edge Bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jerbone posted 05-14-2015 03:00 AM 2037 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s funny how somethings can just fall into your lap. I was at my neighbors house discussing building a reception desk for their new business and as I was leaving he asked if I wanted the cedar slab he had in his back yard. An odd questions from someone that does not have trees. He went on to tell me that he and his wife saw a bench on pintrest and they wanted to give a try. They even got as far as filling the cracks with epoxy. However after attempting to HAND SAND the entire thing, they gave up and put it outside.

So I took it, cut away the cracks and used a jig on my table saw to cut a straight line down one side. Using a belt sander, then my palm sander I got it smoothed and even. After that I cut off the ends to use as legs and created a mortise for them to fit into. I milled some of the cut offs from earlier to make two stretchers with tenons that rest in their mortises for support. Now I finally got to use my branding iron I had printed out of stainless(so damn cool) to make it my own. Four coats of waterlox applied with a foam brush gave it a nice finish.

As most things I built I didn’t really have any place in mind for it so off to my grand parents it went. I damn near broke down when my grand father(a man I look up to greatly) mentioned that he could of not made as fine a piece and asked for advice on finishing. I couldn’t of been prouder.

Thanks for taking the time on this long read, hope you enjoy it and am inspired as I am constantly when viewing everyone here’s work.



-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking,

8 comments so far

View ric53's profile


194 posts in 1789 days

#1 posted 05-14-2015 11:11 AM

Nice looking bench.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

View Lanaug's profile


188 posts in 2478 days

#2 posted 05-14-2015 01:36 PM

very nice, I love the simple look of these types of tables when you can utilize all one board to make a piece. Great job.

View JKMDETAIL's profile


218 posts in 1924 days

#3 posted 05-14-2015 05:08 PM

I am not normally a cedar kinda guy but I love this.

View Ken90712's profile


17642 posts in 3458 days

#4 posted 05-14-2015 09:49 PM

great bench, I’m a big fan of Natural edges on project… Great looking wood as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Mean_Dean's profile (online now)


6928 posts in 3416 days

#5 posted 05-15-2015 12:07 AM

Great looking bench—I love that live edge slab!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View david38's profile


3518 posts in 2612 days

#6 posted 05-15-2015 01:52 PM

looks great

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2459 days

#7 posted 05-16-2015 03:29 AM

Beautiful bench!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View Jerbone's profile


35 posts in 2192 days

#8 posted 05-19-2015 01:51 AM

I really appreciate all the comments, and now I will be looking for more live edge slabs

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics