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Project by Monte Pittman posted 03-08-2013 12:34 AM 2501 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got 6 old poplar logs about 16-20 inches in diameter. I need benches right now and I am out of any significant ash logs which are my favorites. When I cut open this poplar log I was pleased that it had spalted. Maybe not quite as pretty as ash, but I like it. The legs are what’s left of my wider ash slabs.

It’s 54” wide, 32” tall and 22” deep.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 12:37 AM

Your benches look nice Monte. Relatively straight forward build? How quick can you build these? Looks good. I like live edge projects.

-- Jay -

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 12:39 AM

Once the slabs are cut, I will have 4 hours in it counting finishing.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 01:02 AM

very nice

-- Joel

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 01:27 AM

Very nice balance and proportion!

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 01:29 AM

You must have a big bandsaw….how are you ripping the 20” logs? Saw mill? Nice work Monty as is all your stuff my friend

-- Cosmicturner

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 01:30 AM

All right Monte…you’ve done it again…a really awesome piece. The popular looks good…How long has it dried since you cut it? the slabe look flat and straight.

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 02:02 AM

You come up with the most interesting poplar. Love the way you incorporated the big knot in the seat and back. I really don’t think people consider whether it is walnut,poplar,or pine when they go to buy it. Sad but true!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 02:06 AM

Great Job Monte. I need one of those on my front porch.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 03-08-2013 02:21 AM

This log had been down about 3 years. The slabs were 23% when I cut them and 11% when I used them m.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 03-08-2013 02:23 AM

some nice looking wood you have there monte, your bench has that really nice rustic look, the knots are nice as they add that darker wood and interesting figure…have fun…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 03-08-2013 02:25 AM

Nice build Monte…as always. Fine job sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 03-08-2013 02:30 AM

Very Cool Monte!!
I like It!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 03-08-2013 02:45 AM

Handsome bench….seems like poplar is popular

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 03-08-2013 02:53 AM

That is a GOOD looking bench, Monte. In fact the back rest looks almost exactly like the slab I have that the wife wants for a coffee table, only hers is an aromatic cedar . . . smells wonderful. I just have tofigure out what to put undr it! :D

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 03:01 AM

Monte, This really looks good. I love the know being incorporated into it. Good Luck with the sales of them hope you can move them all at the next sale.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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