Ash Dining Room Bench

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Project by Branlon posted 02-18-2012 03:30 PM 3099 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

She said we needed a new bench to match my last project, the ash dining room table. Most of the heartwood from the harvested backyard tree was by-passed when making the table but now it had to be “featured” on the bench.

For the bench top, three boards with heartwood were selected with matching grain and glued together using 6 plate joining biscuits. The aprons and leg supports (1×2s) have only traces of heartwood.
Left-over scrap slats from the table project were plenty long and there was enough water-based poly in the can for two coats on the entire bench and a third coat on the bench top. Johnson’s Paste Wax was then rubbed-out with steel wool for the non-glare finish on the top only.

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 03:49 PM

I have been slabbing a lot of Ash lately. Beautiful wood. Beautiful bench!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 05:17 PM

A great looking bench.


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#3 posted 02-18-2012 05:48 PM

Solid looking build, great job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 08:47 PM

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. Great compliment to the table! Enjoy.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 03:30 AM

Is there a plan for this table. I’ve seen similar ones. I’d like to build one.

-- Eric

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