Maple Slab Bench

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Project by Ryan posted 03-18-2011 07:43 PM 4632 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought three different size maple slabs two years ago. All are from same log.
Spent more than 2 years for planning and finally decided to go with desk and chair set.
This one is going to be chair substitute for soon comming maple slab desk.

Supporting part is cherry 4×4. I found the cherry 4×4 being used to support the shovel of
excavating equipment in the construction site near my house. I bought pine 4×4s from Lowe’s
to switch with this gem.

The design is pretty much from my own, but my wife says she can easily guess it’s from
George Nakashima’s. Do you think so?

This is the first project I use Festool’s Domino, used 10mm, 2 for each joint, total of 32.
Bench is finished with 3 coats of water-based polyurathane.
I’m really busy in making the matching desk while watching tournament games.
I’m a buckeye and hope they advance at least to Final Four.
Thank you for watching.

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#1 posted 03-18-2011 08:10 PM

wow, that is really beautiful.
Great idea on finding the cherry post…wish I could come across something like that.!
thanks for sharing,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 08:52 PM

Excellent bench. I’ve got the Buckeyes going deep as well.

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#3 posted 03-18-2011 10:57 PM

Nice bench! I can see a Nakashima influence as well.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 11:07 PM

awsome bench!!!!! i would love to know where you get your slab wood! GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 11:36 PM

I bought those slabs from a guy who ad his backyard lumbers in Craiglist.
He stored lumbers too long in his garage, so bugs started workin on it.
The slabs have many bug holes but it’s not that bad.
I hope no bugs coming out while usig it.

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 01:10 AM

I’ve heard of guys putting their wood under a tent and tossing a bug bomb in there.

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#7 posted 03-19-2011 06:52 AM

I REALLY like it. I agree with the George Nakashima comment.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 03-19-2011 10:53 AM

very cool bench

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 03-19-2011 03:29 PM

Maybe Nakashima’s concept is in my potential. haha..
Some says there’s no own design. All are affected by others a little.

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#10 posted 03-19-2011 05:37 PM

Beautiful bench. The cherry support looks great too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 06:32 AM

Very cool and well done looking bench, really like Asian themed pieces and this one is no exception ! Looking forward to the desk ?

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#12 posted 03-20-2011 06:53 AM

Nicely done. The maple is nicely spalted and the construction of your legs look quite sturdy. The butterflies are also a nice touch.

I was hoping to make some nice furniture pieces from a whole tree trunk of maple that we salvaged several years ago from a neighbor. We had stored the 12 pcs. of 80-800 lb. logs under the back porch on the concrete foundation. Unfortunately some got wet and spalted and we just had too much wood lying around inviting bugs and other critters near the house so a friend came to get them to cut into firewood. What a shame, but we just bit off too much that we couldn’t use. Hauling all this home was pretty easy a few years ago, but I did hurt my hip and have been gimpy ever since. This little ant can only carry so much grasshopper leg home these days . . .

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 03-20-2011 03:56 PM

It’s sorry to hear that your lumber has gone bad by the bugs.
I saw one guy who selling 2500 bf of wormy cherry boards. He stored in the barn and bugs worked on it.
Wormy lumber may be used for some rustic design but badly spalted one is not.
Hope you saved some lumber from the spalting disaster.

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 04:06 AM

Ryan that is a beautiful bench. If you are having a problem with spalting let me tell you how I salvage this material. I have used this on Maple and Mahogany burls. I tape the back with duct tape in the effected area, warm the wood slightly, warm my two part epoxy, mix the epoxy and pore it over the spalted wood. The tape will keep it from running through and dripping on the table. It may take a couple applications but it will solidify the soft areas. I will be posting a Mahogany tray turned on a lathe soon so you may watch for it and see the results. I also sprinkle household Borax on new lumber and I am sure it will work on old lumber to for bug control. I does not leave a stain like copper chromium arsenic or some of the other wood preservatives.

-- Roy Montana

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#15 posted 03-21-2011 09:44 PM

Roy, I mentioned that I have another slab for desk top. It has some weak area due to spalting.
I’ll certainly try your method. I’m sure it’ll come out pretty.
thank you for the tip.
I’ll watch your tray.

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