Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Hackberry Slab Bench
I found a lovely hackberry trunk slab at Owl Hardwoods a while back, and decided to make a bench for our front hall. I fabricated the frame out of square steel tube at my metal sculpture class - all welded joints. The slab top is very much as I bought it, although I radiused the ends (which had been square cut) and softened the front and back edges, which would have been fragile (and sharp!). I couldn't find any more hackberry for the bottom shelf, so I used hickory, ripped into four strips and mounted it on steel rods with spacers to keep everything in line; I fabricated Z shaped tabs to suspend the shelf in the bottom of the frame.