Osage Orange and Walnut Bench

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Project by RocDoc posted 11-08-2020 09:33 PM 1227 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this last year from a huge slab of Osage Orange and Walnut from NJ, USA. The Osage Orange usually don’t get this big, so it was a cool find from my lumber guy. I got a little crazy with the design idea, but in my mind it was a good bye to my sailboat. The entire bench is asymmetric following the slab, and mimicking a sail – low/ wide/foot of sail to high/narrow head of sail.
I know , many people don’t get it – and when people walk in the room it’s a love or hate relationship with that piece.
Oh well.
The Osage has since darkened to an awesome caramel color.

And I still am frustrated with how to rotate pictures on this web site ….

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#1 posted 11-08-2020 09:44 PM

That is seriously impressive.

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#2 posted 11-08-2020 10:24 PM

dang nice looking the selection of wood is awesome, and design, i took to it right away, but ‘im a guy who likes outta the box ideas
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#3 posted 11-08-2020 10:36 PM

I like it. It is eccentric and a bit off, just like me.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 11-09-2020 12:02 AM

Love the look, and those 2 woods make quite the pair.

I do question the comfort, seems like sitting on church bench, (all straight lines) which I always took to be some form of penance.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 11-09-2020 12:32 AM

Wow. Great choice of woods for your bench. I really like the asymmetric design. It is seriously eye grabbing.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 11-09-2020 12:53 AM

love it,love your decor,the bench wall color and flooring work well together.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 11-09-2020 01:06 AM

Very nice looking bench. Love the live edge.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 11-09-2020 02:41 AM

sometimes rectangles are boring and it is fun to let the assymetrics in. I bet it was a ton of fun joining the various angles of the back rest. More importantly you were able to creatively explore. It looks to me like it is leaning. I like it and I like the Osage with the Walnut. You can always add a few pictures so we can see how the color of the Osage has changed. Well done. I don’t click on all the projects… just the ones that really capture my interest…this did.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#9 posted 11-09-2020 03:29 AM

Well done. I don t click on all the projects… just the ones that really capture my interest…this did.

- Jamie McDonald

Well done. The design is an original. And that’s one large slab of orange Osage.

Jamie. I understand how you don’t like to click or comment on we lumberjocks projects, but I’ll bet you love it when we lowly lumberjocks click and comment on your projects. Lol.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 11-09-2020 04:09 AM

I can imagine that the joinery was a challenge with all those unique angles. Fine workmanship. AND,... I like the flooring that the bench sits on. Way cool!

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#11 posted 11-09-2020 11:29 AM

Excellent design and build!

-- Petey

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#12 posted 11-09-2020 03:03 PM

I get it, and I like it. I love the look and the combination of the woods. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 11-09-2020 03:19 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship.

-- -Todd

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#14 posted 11-09-2020 03:41 PM

Now that is beautiful. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 11-09-2020 05:22 PM

Very nice, the use of the two woods is really great. Good work.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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