Oak Slab Bench

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Project by gridlockd posted 03-26-2016 12:56 PM 1209 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this red oak slab bench over the winter with no particular purpose in mind. bench is 5’ long, 11” wide, 17” tall, and slab is just over 3” thick. This was my first try at all natural joinery and I was very happy with the results. the legs are mortised in to the top and then pegged through the top with 1” diameter turned walnut pegs. the slab had several checks and cracks from drying, so i filled them with red oak wood filler. they are barely noticeable unless you know what you’re looking for. Finished the entire thing with 3 coats of semi gloss spar urethane, so it would be usable indoors or out. I left the natural edge on the front to give it a rustic look.
This was a really fun project, they always seem to be more fun if i’m not working against a timeline! I intended to sell this bench, (and it’s sister, which is in the works) but my wife may have laid claim to it unless the right price is presented!
All in all, it turned out really nice and I learned a few new skills to add to my arsenal. thanks for looking.

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 03:23 AM

Very nice. I like the walnut pegs contrasting with the lighter wood and working well with the dark color of the bark.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 02:47 PM

I like the slimline look & very functional.

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 08:59 PM

Nice job Grid. Where’d you get the slab? Did you cut it yourself? Do you have a sawmill or chainsaw mill?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 02:24 PM

Thanks. I do own a chainsaw mill, but I didn’t cut this slab. I came across this one at a local mill, it was originally about 24” wide, natural edge on both sides. but I could hardly move it as it was, so i cut into two to make two equal benches.

-- Gridlockd

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