Stone and Wood Bridge Bench

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 12-20-2018 07:44 PM 1754 views 20 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest design/build, a bench with a mahogany top fitted around a stone leg. The supporting arch is one piece that passes through hand cut angled mortises in the cross braces. The arch and cross braces are walnut, and the leg is mahogany wedged in place using a through tenon and walnut wedges. I hollowed out the stone with an angle grinder to make the weight more manageable.
If you want to check out how I built it

Thanks for checking out my work
Brian Benham

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 09:20 PM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 10:17 PM

Gorgeous! Great job and beautiful design.

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 10:30 PM

I think this is my favorite of 2018. I have been working stone into more of my projects and this gives me MUCH more encouragement that I am going in the right direction.

But in addition to the stone I am really in love with the way the wood leg/arch contrasts and compliments the stone.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 12-20-2018 10:51 PM

Awesome piece, can’t say I have seen a rock leg, and I like it.

Great video journey, but I really liked that moment @ 1:55 when you were in that beautiful outdoor setting, and it came to you. Hardly anything can beat the beauty of Nature, and to co-exist with it in your work is very nice.

I love an air, die grinder, so many shapes that will shape metals, they certainly also work on the hardest of woods like going through butta. Your method of using the rocks roughness to leave an outline was smart work. I’m thinking that mask was just about done after your day of hollowing that rocks bottom, hardly anything is as clingy, and able to pack and block a mask, or filter like rock dust, MDF is tough, but doesn’t top rock.

Loved you getting the welder into it, and liked that work around when you’d drilled the holes off angle. That old adage about mistakes/design opportunities came to mind.

Your arch support was pretty good watching as well. Then the fitting, and finishing. The foam was interesting, looked liked it filled rather well based on that huge dome you were sawing off. I liked you showing goofs, then your splendid recoveries from them.

Excellent journey, glad you invited us to go along with you.

Thanks for posting, and good luck going forward.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 12-20-2018 11:00 PM

Gorgeous combination of wood and stone, amazing work. Looking forward to watching the video. This design just incredible.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 12-20-2018 11:05 PM

Wow! I glad I watch the video, so many details in the build of such a beautiful bench. Thanks!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#7 posted 12-20-2018 11:33 PM

Wow…so creative. Love the design. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 12-21-2018 12:17 AM

Beautiful bench and great video. Before watching the video I was certain your inspirations were Nakashima and Frank Lloyd Wright – didn’t expect a bridge and a stone fireplace. Can’t believe it didn’t take longer to hollow out that stone. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 12-21-2018 01:09 AM

Wow. That’s a B-E-A-Utiful piece. Just awesome

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 12-21-2018 02:14 AM

I’m thinking your bench is beautiful and so is the fire place and so is Multnomah Falls in Oregon.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 12-21-2018 06:24 AM

So, so beautiful! I love everything about it. Great photography as well.

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#12 posted 12-21-2018 06:29 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. Much appreciated

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#13 posted 12-21-2018 11:27 AM

You are an artist. Really cool bench.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 12-21-2018 11:48 AM

This is absolutely amazing! I really love the natural modern look to begin with, but the detail and craftsmanship are really make it stand out more. I can’t wait to get home from work so I can check out the video!

-- Never stop learning.

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#15 posted 12-21-2018 12:04 PM

The piece is amazing and the video was very informative. I had to go back and check out all the rest of your videos. Looking forward to future projects!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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