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A bench for a friend.

An old boss of mine is turning 60 soon. It's been 10 years since I have worked for him and we have randomly kept in touch over the years. He's a great guy and taught me many things over the time we have known each other. A few years back his shop burned to the ground. Devastating to say the least. We visited him after and he let my wife and I salvage a few boards out of the yard that survived. Now it's time to drop a gift off to him this weekend to show my appreciation.

Since I'm not so good with the words, I'll just share some of the build photos.

- Live Edge Fir Bench (Handhewn more so than live edge)
- 2 1/2" thick slab
- 16 1/2" wide 40" long 18" tall
-Yeti Bottle opener with magnet behind bow tie/butterfly

As always, thanks for looking and all of the inspiration, fellow lumber jocks.

-PAJA







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Very handsome. It looks solid and rustic. Loving the overall appearance!
 

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Really nice! He will be stoked with the gift.
 

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Very cool, I like the look. Yeti only the best!
 

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that is what a bench shoud look like, solid yet very beautiful, nice work, thank you for showing
 

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You made something rustic very beautiful. love everything about it.
 

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Very neat bench. And a great gift to a friend, good for you!
 

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Eye catching indeed. Very inviting.
Well done.
 

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I love this rustic style stuff… the more gnarly, the better! The big dovetails and butterflies are awesome!
 

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This is great. I love those big dovetails.
 

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Good Looking Bench! I love the dovetails.
 

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Fantastic!
 

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Whats the finish. Im going to camp this weekend…might have to bring the chainsaw with me for some slabs :)
 

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Wowsers!! Man that baby is a beauty. Would be hard for me to even say goodbye to that. LOL!

You did an a good job.
 

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Turned out really nice. Looks like it might also be weight rated for me! Always a plus in my book.
 

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Every detail looks just right; nice work.
 

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Thanks for all the good vibes. Definitely a great community of LJ's!

The slab was really dry so it got a few hefty coats of teak oil, then some coats of Urithane. It might live its life outside so I tried to seal it up the best I could.

 

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The whole project is beautiful, but those bulky dovetails are gorgeous!

I love this bench.

I think this is intended to be used outdoors, what kind of glue did you use for the dovetails? Are joints reinforced with nails or screws just in case the glue fails?
 

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The only metal in the bench are the Bottle opener, the magnet, and an inset Montana quarter on the underside. I used a bunch of Titebond III on the joints. It took much longer to clean up the glue than it did to clamp it up! I was going to use some log screws, but the dovetails are so big that it was surprisingly stable after i glued it together.
 
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