Walnut waterfall bench

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Project by UKkid89 posted 10-01-2019 11:08 PM 623 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in early spring we were at Culpepper’s in Otto, NC and found a nice slab I could use for a kitchen table bench. It was about 8 foot long with a slight curve in the last three feet and about 2 inches thick. It was also covered in dirt where it had been laying on the ground at some point. They scratched at it but we still couldn’t tell what it was so he sold it to me for $25.
In July I finally got around to cleaning it up. Hosed it down then used great grand-dads draw knife to strip the bark. Used a pocket knife and dental tool to clean out some worm holes so they would show. Cut the raggedy end off and low and behold it’s black walnut!
I hadn’t figured out what legs I wanted on it when my son suggested a waterfall. I figured why not if it doesn’t work out I’ll just square off the cut and make a leg. Over the next month I worked pretty much only on the weekends on it. I used all scrap lumber for the legs and bracing. Wasn’t sure how best to anchor that 45 degree angle for the waterfall end so it is biscuit-ed and pocket holed. It made a good excuse to buy a real Kregg pocket hole jig instead of the harbor freight knock off I was using. Wow what a difference a quality tool makes. :) It took a couple days of planning before I ever cut into that joint, figured I had one shot at it so I was extra careful.
Then I spent another hour or so figuring out how I was going to hold it all together to get it marked and reassembled. I went to my old faithful clamp. The 15 foot tie down strap from the truck. Plus some bar clamps.
I used dowel rod as plugs over all the screws making them strand proud to hopefully give the impression of it being put together with pegs. I also used my dremel (well not a real dremel a 25 year old craftsman knockoff) to blend the live edge at the waterfall. Since that end was the tapered end I had to get creative to get rid of the 1/4 inch difference in width. Over all the wide end is 13 inches and the bench at the waterfall is closer to 10 on the bench side and 9 5/8 on the leg side.
After I put that first coat of poly on it, it went from pretty to being beautiful.

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. --Red Green

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#1 posted 10-01-2019 11:46 PM

Very well thought out project. The double brace at the knot hole end is just right for the job IMO. Great work matching the waterfall end. I like it a lot!

-- Peter

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#3 posted 10-07-2019 01:24 AM

That looks great. I like the leg design you came up with. Good save on that walnut.

-- Galootish log blog,

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