Introduction: Cherry and Walnut Sculpted Bench

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I made this bench for my wife for Christmas Made of 2"thick walnut and 3 1/2 " cherry hope you like it.

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I started with a slab cut piece of cherry with live edge on both sides 3 1/2 " think 13 wide x 38" long removed the bark and planed down to 3 1/8th

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I couldn't find any walnut wide enough so I joined 2 pieces 8"s wide 2 1/4 's thick

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next I milled out the cherry to 3 1/4 28's long leaving the live edges and the walnut to 13' x 18' x 2' thick I wet them with water to show the grain. I like!

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next layed out my 10 deg. dovetails starting from center out to leave live edge 

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made the rough cuts with the band saw

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removed excess wood and cleaned up dovetails this step takes awhile

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marked out pins in the walnut

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cut and cleaned up pins

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mated up  I took my time with the clean up and the dovetails fit very nicely. Glued and ready for shaping

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Marked out with patterns I made and roughed out with a chainsaw blade in my side grinder. Then various sandpaper starting with 24 grit

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I used planes, rasps and sand paper to work it down until I was happy with the shape

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3 1/4' dovetails are hard to get perfect

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put a little glue and some cherry dust from my band saw let dry and sanded

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they came out pretty good

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next I used chisels, rasp and sand paper to bring the legs up to the shape of the live edge 

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a little scraping and sanding all over to 220 grit and it's ready for the finish

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I used a semi gloss poly for the finish. This is after the first coat

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5 coats sanded with 320 grit between coats still wet in picture

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Its finished I had to let it set over night between coats of poly. but total time was about 12 hours not including searching for the wood. I payed $40.00 for the cherry it had been drying for about 3 years I was told. The walnut had been drying for about a year it was a little green but I think it will be ok. It was 2 1/2 thick x 8" x 9' I got it for $30.00 because it had a bad edge witch I didn't need anyway with the finish and sandpaper I got less than $100.00's in it I wish I had used gloss instead of semi But I'm well pleased I hope my wife is.Thanks for looking Peace Ricky

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philn7 (author)2016-06-20

Dovetails look like it grew there....

robolimbo (author)2015-01-14

Very nice bench. I wish I could cut out dovetails like that. Great build.

eblackman1 (author)2014-01-31

wow. good job sir.

brianfss (author)2014-01-30

Really beautiful. Well done.

volvista (author)2014-01-29

beautiful! genial

mholmes16 (author)2014-01-26

Is mesquite easy to do this with. I have plenty

monty324 (author)mholmes162014-01-26

I believe mesquite is very dense and hard to cut but give it a shot, the grain is cool as well.

tcrafttx (author)2014-01-26

your wife is a very lucky women! so beautiful! amazing, great instructions. thanks for sharing please share more of your projects! cant wait to see whats next!

Housedog (author)2014-01-25

I love it!

rickysp8 (author)Housedog2014-01-25


OneAngryTurtle (author)2014-01-25

Great job! Very jealous

rickysp8 (author)OneAngryTurtle2014-01-25

Thanks dude

Stone_UFO (author)2014-01-25


rickysp8 (author)Stone_UFO2014-01-25

Thank you

gcanders (author)2014-01-25

Very beautiful. The only think I don't like about it is that it is not mine!

rickysp8 (author)gcanders2014-01-25

Thanks gcanders
Peace Ricky

utest_broly11 (author)2014-01-24

Looking great

rickysp8 (author)utest_broly112014-01-25

Thank you

AngryRedhead (author)2014-01-24

George Nakashima would be proud.

rickysp8 (author)AngryRedhead2014-01-25

Wow now that's a great comment
Thanks Ricky

shantinath1000 (author)2014-01-20

Just Stunning work!

rickysp8 (author)shantinath10002014-01-25

Thanks a lot
Peace Ricky

rickysp8 (author)shantinath10002014-01-22

Thank you very nice of you to say

HibbityDibbity (author)2014-01-24

Absolutely gorgeous! Were you tempted to put a stretcher in there?

rickysp8 (author)HibbityDibbity2014-01-25

Thanks it is so sturdy even in dry fit it didn't move 3" thick dovetails handle a lot only 24" wide inside good thought thanks Ricky

horseman woodshop (author)2014-01-01

Great looking bench and dovetails!


hugh_atkins (author)2013-12-31

Really nice! I am starting a similar project, a coffee table - and this may seem silly - but how do you remove the bark from the live edge, and keep the live edges so nice? Please let me know!

Thanks in advance!

rickysp8 (author)hugh_atkins2014-01-01

I took it off with a chisel the bark came off easy it had been drying for about 3 years I think that made it easier also to keep the chisel marks off I only started it at the top before I thickness planed it down what marks I made were planed off after I got the main bark off I wet the edge and used a scraper to get the rest off then 180 grit sand papers then 220

sbarnett6 (author)2013-12-25

Good project. Looks nice. I'm sure you did this but to anyone who might not think of it, to help get the excess wood from the dovetails, just run the band saw through it a few times. It will make it easier to chisel them out.

nancygribble (author)2013-12-18

What's in the jars hanging on the pegboard?

broken board (author)2013-12-18

wow, inspirational
I wish I knew where in Australia Victoria to buy wood like that.

Lectric Wizard (author)2013-12-18


roballoba (author)2013-12-17

great looking bench!

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