Natural Walnut Bench

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Project by jaykaypur posted 07-31-2012 01:13 AM 1981 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench is black walnut from two sources. The bench and back are bookmarked pieces I got from a friend and the legs are from a tree on the property. It was harder than I thought to get everything to line up halfway decent. The tools used were a chainsaw (I split the log for the legs by clamping it to my shave horse and cutting it down the middle with the chainsaw), various sanders (LOTS of sanding!), drill/screws and chisels. After building this bench, I very much respect the work that Jeffro does and realize that I am a LONG way from skills like that. The bench at first had long back legs that extended above the top but I cut them off as the project morphed on me. The bench measures 5’ long, 3’ tall, and 18’’ deep. The height of the seat is 18’’ also. I used a mixture of walnut dust and CA glue to fill the screw holes (poor man’s plugs) and they turned out pretty nice. I finished it with Danish oil and now have to decide what to do with it. Oil is still drying in some of the pics.

I didnt like this thing at the start and middle of the build but as I got closer to completion it started growing on me and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It is sturdy as can be and weighs about 55 lbs. Thanks for the looks and comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 01:36 AM

Turned out great, I’m learning live edge/ rustic projects can be rough to get proportioned correctly. this one is pleasing to the eye!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 01:40 AM

O Boy, O Boy

You sure did a nice job on that one. Way to go.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 01:46 AM

Looks good, sturdy. Will it be an inside bench?

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 01:55 AM

Looks like you live in wood paradise with access to beautiful wood like that .

I always wanted to know what furniture looks like in paradise and now I know .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 02:09 AM

Now that’s a home run. Great job.

I am almost out of the cherry jam. I put less and less on my toast trying to make it last. LOL Thanks again.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 02:21 AM

This is way kool. Nice hunk-a-hunk-a Walnut fer sure

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

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#7 posted 07-31-2012 02:25 AM

ShaneA———I dont know where it will end up. I may donate it to local charity auction or give it to the local general store…if they have room for it on their porch.

kiefer—-you are correct….it is paradise where I live.

JoeyG—-Just made blackberry this past weekend…20 jars!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 02:39 AM

Gorgeous, Jay!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 03:08 AM

Beautiful work Jay. Really gorgeous bench.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 09:25 AM

Awsome job noting better than walnut ! A real Beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 11:35 AM

Really nice grain and pics. I have always loved Walnut, still have yet to work with it. Great work Jay!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 09:20 PM

Very well done Jay! This caught my eye, and inspires me to build one! Your are right on with paying respects to Jeffro for his work, but you are not giving yourself enough credit for this bench my friend…. Excellent work!!!

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 04:40 AM

Yay, that’s nice! To work walnut wood must take time and blades too, thanks for showing.

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 08:04 PM

Very cool bench. I recently finished a live edge bench that has a back rest very similar shape to yours. Looks great!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#15 posted 08-02-2012 07:24 PM

Jay that is a really nice bench

You have captured the beauty

of the grain in a tight design

like the picture showing your thought



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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