Sitting bench for dining table

I built a large dining table many years ago, but we moved and the new space was too small for it. This year, my son and his family were coming for Thanksgiving and we needed more seating. So we moved the table in and decided we could make it fit if I built a sitting bench to go against the wall that would seat two people when the table was pulled out.

I found a suitable slab of hickory with bark on that I could use for the seat and legs.

It was rough sawn so I took it to a friend's commercial shop to get it sanded down. Unfortunately, the sander found a nail that ruined one of the two belts and we had to take it to his three belt sander to finish. (this is the first sander)

I started by marking out the mortise locations, routing out the center and finishing them with chisels.
I cut the tenons then went on to the tedious work of trimming them to fit.
I had to remove all of the bark since it was starting to fall off.
I started pounding the legs into the mortises (no glue), and it broke my mallet.

So, I went with metal hammers with a tubafour to take the damage. Got within a 1/4" of seating them and the tubafour was done.
Grabbed a 4 lb sledge and got them seated.

Trimmed off the tenon protrusions, sanded it and finished it with BLO/MS gradually increasing the BLO concentration.

Lots of work but the wife was happy.
Thanks for looking.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef


Wow, that was a battle! Fine looking seating.

Large sander belts are expensive, but it looks like your mallet can be put back in action.

That is an expansive bench that has some major rustic appeal going on, hopefully you have a place to store it!

Applaud the effort, you won!
Nice! Do you find any issues with the it racking side to side?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Splint, that belt was worn anyway and they had a stack of replacements. My wife is using the bench all the time now.
And yes, I re-glued the mallet and put brass pins in.
Ryan, it sits flat with no wobble or racking. The slab is 1 1/2" thick and as hard as it was to seat the legs, I don't expect any issues in the future.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

damn that sure is sexy. the bench, not you duck ! 😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice, Duck! I’ve got a bench almost done that I’ll be posting soon. Interesting to compare and contrast.

May you have the day you deserve!

Nice bench- and a good write up!
That turned out great.  Nice Bondo pose at the end too.  I guess that means you can use it as a Roman work bench too.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Thanks guys!
 I guess that means you can use it as a Roman work bench too .
No chance, my wife uses it almost daily so she can work in the house instead of her office.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Wow - that was a lot of work but it turned out great.

I think I would have found a couple of stumps ;+) Nice reclining Bondo pose!!!
Very nice work, resulting in a great looking bench.