Live edge spalted maple bench with walnut inlays and carved letters, Don't Tread On Me!

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Project by deadoakcarvings posted 10-09-2014 12:24 AM 2147 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This live edge bench was salvaged material from a storm damaged tree taken down in a local town. I used hand cut mortise and tenon joints, glued not screwed. The cross brace is one half of a larger slab (or flitch, if you want to be fancy). I hammered wedges in an existing crack to get the piece to split along the natural grain. That way both sides have that naturally wavy edge. Vertical legs are the outside slab, showing off the worm tracks, knots and burls. The snake is 1/4” black walnut hand cut and recessed into the bench top with a two part epoxy. The “DON’T TREAD ON ME” letters are hand carved and painted black to stand out. Three coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane for beauty and protection. This is the first bench I have made that was not pre-ordered, so I’m not sure how well it will sell, but the decision I made there is never make anything I wouldn’t be proud to have on my front porch, that way I will not be disappointed if it doesn’t sell!

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 12:34 AM

Nice work! Great design and totally impressive piece!

Odd question; how much would you expect to get for it?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 02:21 AM

Thanks for the compliment!

Not really an odd question; I’ve been asking myself that since I decided to make it. has benches ranging from a couple hundred to several thousand, and this bench is comparable to many throughout the price range. Only one of them had an inlay/carving on the bench top, and it was over a thousand.

I can let you know once it does sell, and I’m sure it will, just a question of the right price and the right customer, I guess.

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