Michael Cox wrote:Some nice benches here. I'm not sure what timbers people have been using, but I have had a lot of success splitting trunks down their length using multiple wedges and a sledge hammer. In our woods the chestnut and oak splits beautifully. I made a pair of benches, but not following the BB guidelines, so will come back to that later. I have also been freehand chainsawing logs down their length, making crude boards and half logs - they would be perfect for this.
I see that the BB requires 7ft, and that various people have commented on that length. For the spot where I need to build benches - around our base camp fire in the woods - 7ft is way too long. I'd be building two 5ft if I wasn't considering it as evidence for the BB. And a 7ft half round is bloody heavy.
Lon Anders wrote:Nicole here is a pretty straight forward video.
Find center, measure out off it on both sides, snap a chalk line and then start hacking.
Our forefathers done it this way for a long time.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I'd love tutorials on how to do this without injury...
D.W. Stratton wrote:Where do you get a nice set of log dogs like he's using? Those are so nice and simple. It's elegant in it's simplicity.
- Saddle notches to join the seat and base logs (saddles can be on the base logs or the seat log)
- 7' minimum overall length for the bench
- 16-18" height to the seat top
- hewn top
- peeled logs
To get certified for this BB, post three pics.
- Your three log chunks that you are starting with
- your three log chunks shaped
- final product showing length and height
- Chainsaws are allowed for this BB but the finished sitting surface must be smoothed/hewn with a hand tool
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