It’s been a while since I did the “lights aren’t on yet, I’ll take pictures in the raking morning light” routine…the easiest target is the carving samples I keep out for display.
I built about 5 of these white oak benches last week…we use them around the museum for folks to take a breather…but they eventually rot or get worn out, so every so often I make more. Last time was about 6 or 7 years ago. I usually make them with white pine tops and oak legs, but we just had a bunch of oak sawn up for a building project, so were left with a bunch of flitch cuts – the benches are around 5 feet long.
I split & shaved the legs back in April or May. Then left them around to dry a bit. Bored 1 1/4″ holes with an auger, then reamed them from below. Shaved the legs, and wedged from above.
My favorite legs for a bench or stool like this are “swept” or crooked/crook’d. These come from the butt swell of an oak log, something I reject for all else. But here you can use it to a slight advantage. The sweep or curve of the leg exaggerates your boring angle to add some extra stability. I bet it amounts to nothing, but visually it’s great.
Don’t forget the carving class at Bob Van Dyke’s place, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking – Sept 14 & 15. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/carving-class-sept-14-15-connecticut-valley-school-of-woodworking/