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Pine slab bench plan
Years ago I came across a few four inch thick pine slabs that I used for extra outdoor seating, facing an outdoor wood-fired grill. I thought I would share the design in case any of you are looking for a spring project as the weather turns warmer. A few cuts with a hand saw, two huge dovetails, and six lag bolts later… you’ll have a bench (with a side shelf) that will last for years. I included a quick sketch to show the construction.
I had planned on making two matching benches, but ended up simply laying the second slab on top of two stumps for the second bench. This past weekend I upgraded the slab-across-two-stumps bench to a couch of sorts. Check out this post for the cordwood couch.
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Can you give some tips on how to cut the huge dovetails? I have two beautiful walnut slabs I'd like to use to make a bench like this, but I have no idea how to do the dovetails (never done them before.)
now that's how you work with wood! and kudos for making that shelf for my drink while I'm waiting for what ever you're cooking up on that wood-fired grill. Sweet.
That is a beautiful bench. I love that fact that nothing was wasted and its still a solid piece of furniture. You have inspired me to try something like that myself. Thanks.
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In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
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