The three log bench is a bench with two logs as the legs of the bench, and the third log is used for sitting on.
In the example above, the two logs that make up the legs are sawn flat on on the top side. The third log is sawn flat to meet the legs, and flat on the top for sitting. But there are many ways to join the pieces to make a strong, stable bench.
For this BB, you must create a saddle joint. This means cutting a curved shape into the legs to hold the bench log, OR cutting curved shapes into the bench log to sit on the legs.
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 (which must be at least 7 feet long, 16 to 18 inches high, have saddle notches, a hewn top, and peeled logs)
Could we, maybe, have a video on how to cut the sitting part of the bench so it's flat? I'm figuring I could chop the "legs" like I'm chopping fire wood to make them flat like that. But, I have no idea how to saw a huge chunk of wood like the sitting portion...
It'd be great to know what tools one needs to make a bench like this by hand, or even what the crucial roundwood woodworking tools are, because I sure don't know!
In search of tutorials on how to make a log bench with non-powered handtools, I found this video (I set it to start at the relevant portion). It looks like he actually saws through the whole log with a hand saw!
In another video, though, I saw him split a log in half length-wise by using the little splitting maul wedge-thingys (I don't know what those are called, either...)
This totally took at least thee, if not four hours. And injured my husband's back moving the huge log. (Why must it be 7 feet long?) But, now we have a very nice, super long bench.
I hacked out the notches with both a hatchet and my fiskars ax. I actually found the fiskars easier to use, as I could use two hands and it didn't hurt my wrist like the hatchet. The fiskars ax is also a lot lighter than most other axes. I enjoyed the practice I got with both tools when making this.
We used as many assists as we could along the way. To move the log, we put one half in the wheelbarrow, and the other he carried. And when we got it to the base logs, we put it on one and then I pushed on one side to lift it up so he could put it on the other log, to do a teeter-totter action. He knows how to bend at his knees and keep a straight back. He used to work in a woodshop, hauling around doors and big boards, so he's no stranger to moving heavy stuff. He's not a weakling, either. But, that log was HEAVY. It was 7+ feet of wet hemlock wood.
If we'd made the bench during the three months in the summer when things are dry here, it's probably be easier to move...but it also would probably be smokey and hot, considering how our weather has been the last two years with climate change.
I'd love tutorials on how to do this without injury...and maybe to have the requirement be for a slightly smaller bench that someone could make by themselves. There was NO WAY that I could see that I could make this bench by my self.
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He knows how to bend at his knees and keep a straight back. He used to work in a woodshop, hauling around doors and big boards, so he's no stranger to moving heavy stuff. He's not a weakling, either. But, that log was HEAVY. It was 7+ feet of wet hemlock wood.
What my guy learned after years of lifting and moving things 'properly' was that just because you CAN lift something doesn't mean you should....disc compression happens when you lift more than your body can tolerate...even bending knees with a straight back and well developed muscles, damage happens.
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