Live Edge Bench

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Project by Casper posted 09-28-2011 09:51 PM 5427 views 23 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Live edge bench made from butternut and walnut.

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Doug McPherson

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 09:58 PM

It’s beautiful! I think the design of the legs are my favorite part. Also, the curling in butternut sets it off. Strong, yet elegant. It’s not just another live edge, log cabin style piece of furniture, but also includes some of your own design and joinery. The result is really, really nice. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 10:06 PM

That looks great. Like Doug said, the curling looks really great in the top.

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 10:57 PM

The leg design is perfect !
I’ve never seen figured Butternut before.
This looks just like some Maple that I had a while ago with the same fine figure and spalting.

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 11:08 PM

Really nice looking bench! How did you attach the top to the legs?

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 11:29 PM

With glue lol
What a waste of material. Such a nice, clean work on legs and horrible slab on top – lol what a waste.
Did you get tired or something?

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#6 posted 09-29-2011 03:51 AM

very modern AND rustic at the same time! I love it. Great job

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#7 posted 09-29-2011 03:57 AM

I like it as well, it has a very modern and yet old world feel. The live edge make a bold statement along with it study foundation, nice design thanks for sharing…BC

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#8 posted 09-29-2011 04:09 AM

I love nature and the way you were able to show it off with a design that is elegant. It will stand out in any home.

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 06:43 AM

Very nice!

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#10 posted 09-29-2011 12:34 PM

I don’t think anyone got tired here. If I had that slab I would probably waste it in the very same way. Quite serene in picture 5 and I’d love to lay my leaden hands on it.

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#11 posted 09-29-2011 02:58 PM

Thank you for the comments everyone!

Dusty56 – I tend to agree with you about it looking like maple, although I brought it by my local hardwood supplier and they said it was butternut. Its a family business that has been around for 80 years.. I did not argue :) It also had that nice peppery smell like its cousin walnut.

tbone74 – I used mortise and tenon joints.. Nothing fancy.

Live edge furniture is clearly not for everyone but when I saw this slab I had to give it a try. The colors, the shape, and of course the edges I really liked. I tried to keep the base simple and held off the urge to add any more details. Other than some sanding and epoxy (to stabilize some cracks) I left the top just as it was – even the odd angles at the end. I could have taken the top, cleaned up all the edges, and added some nice curves like my other projects but I got tired and I like wasting material.

Thanks for looking!

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 01:12 AM

O’k , thanks for the feedback : )
Was it lighter in weight than the Walnut , with kind of fuzzy / stringy grain before finishing it ?
How about the endgrain pores (barely visible or more open look) ?
thanks : )

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