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. It's preferred to notch the bench log so that rainwater doesn't accumulate in the saddles.
- 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
- seat log needs to be at least 11" in diameter
- hewn seat surface needs to be at least 6" wide
- 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, height and seating surface width
- Chainsaws are allowed for this BB but the finished sitting surface must be smoothed/hewn with a hand tool
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.