Taps maple entry bench

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 11-09-2019 02:22 PM 1079 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much woodworking in this project but I came across an interesting and inexpensive taps maple board to make a new entryway/shoe bench. The bottom shelf is just a live edge pine board that will do all the dirty work holding shoes.
Where I spent my money was on the steel legs made by the Rite Leg Co nearby me in Vernon Ct. They are extremely solid, well made and give the bench the rustic look I wanted.
The taps are interesting…you’ll notice the spalting starting around each of the holes drilled in the tree…a few coats of clear Danish oil and urethane to protect.
I’ve been wanting to try steel legs on a project for awhile now and really happy with how this turned out.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-09-2019 02:23 PM

It is realy nice…. Design is awesome… legs, live edge top an shelf…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-09-2019 02:46 PM

Tom, That is dynamite. The tap holes are a nice feature and those legs with the shelf complete the project.

I have to ask, which came first – the legs or the lumber ? all look too good to be coincidence .

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-09-2019 03:54 PM

Nice looking bench, Tom! Good choices!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Tom Regnier

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#4 posted 11-09-2019 04:00 PM

Hi Dick, definitely it was lumber first then I saw these legs at an open house my lumber supplier had and made the purchase.

Thanks for the comments all.

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#5 posted 11-10-2019 02:43 AM

Outstanding. I am usually not a fan of metal legs, but I really like those. They are a great design and go nicely with your wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 11-10-2019 12:45 PM

This is simple and beautiful Tom. Also, thanks for the link on the legs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-10-2019 08:19 PM

Looks like the Tap wound allows some fungal growth. Your wood exhibits the characteristics you see with Ambrosia bettle entry, and the resulting bloom from the fungus release. Except your holes are from Sugar taps. I suppose a muzzle loader mini ball could make something similar though. Probably with deformity as it traveled into the wood. Interesting wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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