Perish the thought.
We don’t waste anything here at the Bronze Oak Leaf.
This was a fun little project I conceived when I saw this plank come off the top of a red oak log I was having sawed. This was a squaring cut, and when I saw it was 2″ thick, I knew what I would use it for.
As I’ve written before, I love these simple little quick-turnaround projects. They’re perfect for the Dad-on-the-go. There’s just never quite enough time for the full-blown complex project, so I have no problem building something a little less refined.
Actually, this was a great reminder for me that what we do as woodworkers can be very simple, when we let it be.
I really liked the shape of this plank, and it just screamed “three-legged bench”. So when I looked around the shop, I spied a couple red oak logs I kept from the firewood pile because they were fairly straight.
Since building the Windsor chair, I’ve been happily experimenting with some of the skills I learned, and having a lathe is kinda helpful, too.
I split the leg blanks out, shaved them on the shave horse, then set to turning them down on the lathe.
I wanted this bench to be sturdy, strong, and bulky, so I decided to go with 1-1/4″ tenons. I happened to have a 1-1/4″ bit, but no tenon-cutter. Well, time to learn to use that lathe.
It wasn’t so bad. I turned the tenons down to a heavy 1-1/4″, then put them in the crock pot full of sand to super-dry them. The idea is to make them drier than the seat so that when they’re installed, they eventually absorb moisture from the seat and expand to make a nice, tight joint.
After the legs are attached, I just cleaned it up a bit. I wanted it to still look rough, and it does.
Well, nothing gold can stay, and that includes most things I build for no real purpose. My brother took one look at the bench and decided it would make a good horse for shaving powder horns. So much for that.
Anyway, this little project opened the door to a much better, more refined project, coming soon to a blog near you. It’s a doozy of a project, and I think you’ll like it.