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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in round wood woodworking.

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)

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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...
 
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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...)
 
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this BB does not require hand tools only - but you can if you want!
 
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Good to know! Thank you! We've got some big 6-8 foot long hemlock logs behind our house (good 2+ feet thick) and I'm thinking they'll make an awesome bench!
 
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With logs two feet thick, you gotta be careful that you don't make the bench too high!
 
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Mine at the firepit behind our guest cabin:




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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.


 
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A bench is made!

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.
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Giant log, with my son pruning aaway salmonberries to get to the log
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Since the electric chainsaw wasn't long enough, the log was just chainsawed a few inches deep all the way down
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Then, I put in ax heads to use as wedges and smacked them to split the log all the way through
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Got some cedar logs to use as the
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And, then it was dark and too dark to work--but, hey, there was a lunar eclipse, which we got a blury picture of :D
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Brought log over to the pond (via a wheelbarrow and brute strength)
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Logs almost in place
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Chopping out the notches...and realizing the logs aren't lined up
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It's a big bench! (And my husband is lying in bed, in pain, because that log is HEAVY)
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Finished bench
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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Nicole, your bench is lovely....

I worry about this though

. And injured my husband's back moving the huge log.  



Maybe there could be a badge for how to move heavy things without injury, including logs and big rocks?

Using only brute strength isn't sustainable in the long run.
 
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