Live Edge Cedar Bench with Black Iron Pipe Legs

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Project by Jeremy posted 12-19-2016 02:55 PM 3051 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I was driving down the road the other day with the wife. We were talking about how she wanted a bench for one side of the dinning room table. As she is talking I notice some beautiful cedar planks leaned up against a local florist sign. So needless to say after a sharp application of brakes, a quick right turn, and a strong scowl from the wife we were hopping out the truck to see where these beautiful boards came from. The wife was very happy and wanted to buy one, which of course I was all for!

So we left with 2 – 9ft. boards. They range from a minimum of 11” wide to just under 15” and are 3.5” thick the length of the boards. The first one is being made into a live edge bench.

There where a few soft areas that I cleaned out and filled with clear epoxy. After curing, the bark was removed with a draw knife and the edges rounded over with a spoking tool. I actually really enjoyed smoothing and rounding the edges by hand vs using a router and round over bit. I feel it works better with the live edge. Once this was completed I sanded, and sanded, then sanded…. then water popped…. after it dried, I did some additional sanding. All sarcasm aside, I really feel all of the sanding and prep work was worth it. I used Minwax Wipe On Poly (I know I can make it myself, I was lazy and wanted to try it….) I did 5 coats and it was a breeze to work with. I’ve had about a dozen different people come and look at the bench, and every single person just sat on the bench slowly running there hands over the surface. That to me is a huge compliment in it self. I am super happy with the finish of the bench and will continue to use this finishing process in the future.

The legs are another Black Iron Pipe design and with the caps on the feet, it is a breeze to level out. As always I appreciate the time to look at my projects and welcome comments and feedback and recommendations.

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 05:41 PM

I very much like cedar projects and live edge; so you hit two of my favorites at the same time.

Nice work.

The piping ;looks good, is easy to do and can be adjusted to allow for changes easily too. Good idea.

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

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