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08-06-2016 02:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut rustic

I have a nice piece of 7/4 walnut that I want to use to make a bench for our front entryway. I plan on using lengths of the slab for legs and a stretcher. Pretty simple design. I’ve never worked with slab for a bench though so I’m not sure I know what I’m doing. You folks have always been a wonderful source of advice so here goes.

First, because of the live edge one side is narrower than the other side. I’m not sure which side to put up. The narrow side seems a bit more comfortable because the edge curves out, but the wider side has more heartwood and looks better. This side has more seating area as well.

Second, there’s a large crack at one end. When I attach the slab leg to that end will it stabilize the crack?

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#1 posted 08-06-2016 08:35 PM

I’d put a bow tie dutchman, maybe even two or three, to stop the crack. It’s a great look, too.

-- Dale

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 07:09 AM

in your bottoms picture, make the left side the front part of the bench. dutchmans for the win.

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 12:15 PM

Bowties for sure to stop the crack.

On which side should be up, I think people tend to think that folks who will use it will always want the side edge visible, so your second picture.

But here is my humble opinion.
I believe that on raw edged tables, often the slant of the slab edge lends itself much better to have the larger side up. Two reasons – The table is a bit bigger on top, and second, to me it looks more proportional with the sides slanting in towards the bottom.
This is reversed when you have a table with raw edged wood and two pieces, with a piece of glass in the middle on the edges, but for a whole piece like you have, I like the edges to be slanted in and not show so much.

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#4 posted 04-22-2017 03:03 AM

I do not believe putting a slab end on the bench will stop the crack. Stop it right now and save yourself some wasted time and a longer crack.

-- Dale

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 11:54 AM

IMHO attaching your planned slab legs (probably with the grain of the wood running vertically) is not going to stop this split from growing. In fact the seat slab could actually split the attached leg apart. The above posters offer the best advice use multiple butterflies.

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#6 posted 04-24-2017 04:47 AM

I agree with using bowties. Check out the post I just submitted under the same forum topic. I used bowties to stop a crack in a piece of dark walnut, 3 on top, and a larger one on the bottom just for more stabilization.

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