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Catalpa Slab bench that is 5' long by approx. 18" wide and 2" thick. It came from a 3 year old slab that had air dried and I had traded for it with a friend for a fruit cherry slab I had. A neighbour wanted a rustic bench so I left alot of the saw marks in the top of the bench and lightly ran a belt sander over the top, then used a wire brush on the grain. I kept the best live edge on for the front of the bench and trimmed the other side off on the table saw. It has two coats of a 1lb. cut of shellac then top coated with a water based polyeurathane. The steel base is from parts at a local plumbing supply store painted with a flat black steel paint. The neighbour was very happy with the result and it is now in her front hall.

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Nice job.
 

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I don't usually like slab tops with metal frames, but there's something about this I really like. I like the saw marks left on, too. Maybe it reminds me of benches I've seen in National Parks, I don't know. But I do like it a lot! Great grain on that wood.
 

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cool, i like it
 

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At first I wasn't sure why you were using shellac and water based polyurethane on an outdoor bench, then I read it is going inside. Nice job. I really like the view from that deck.
 

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I don't know which I like better, the bench or the view from the porch! I can't wait to see the rocker or swing project you post.
 
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