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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 working.

This BB will be building a half log bench on four legs that is at least six feet long.

The dry pieces of wood should be the legs, fitting in to the main bench piece of green wood (freshly cut piece of wood). The idea is that the green wood will shrink and further tighten itself to the pieces of dried wood.

Holes are made in the green wood, and the dry leg pieces are inserted into it.

The log of green wood for the seat is split in half, with the flat side facing up to sit on, and the legs are inserted into the round side.  Do not use screws (as done in the video)


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This video shows a good step by step process and example of what the end product could look like. No fancy finishing is required.  Please do not use a chainsaw to smooth the surface - that is a job for a hand plane.



Be safe when using hand tools, work at your own risk, and enjoy building!

Minimum requirements:
  - 6' long bench
  - 10" wide seating surface
  - 4 legs

Post the following as pics or video (< 2 min):
  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product

Clarifications:
  - "Hand tools" means non-powered tools.  No battery/electrically powered drills
  - The log section can be harvested with a chainsaw
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I’m wondering if anyone has advice on adding a back support to this bench without using fasteners?
 
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Hmm, one way might be to cut the log like pacman with his mouth really open.  Another might be to add more dry wood pegs coming out of the back of the seat up at a good angle for the back and then pegging them into another piece of green wood from the log.  Need to make sure it doesn't get too "back heavy" and tip over.
 
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I've made some dry pegs for this project. I will have to select and split a green log later. I've cut a 1 1/4" round tenon on my pegs, to match the largest drill bit that I own. My pegs seem to me to be a bit too spindly to support a six foot bench and several people sitting on it. So I will probably just call this bench an experiment.
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A ton of Doug Fir poles that are a part of my old garden's deer fence
A ton of Doug Fir poles that are a part of my old garden's deer fence
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1 1/2" by 20" peg waiting to have a tenon cut. I compared the diameter to my spade bit as I cut the tenon
1 1/2 inch x 20 inch peg in a shaving horse ready for a round tenon to be cut with a drawknife. Note the drill bit that I use to check the diameter of the tenon as I cut it
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I removed the stubs of the branches with a mitre saw
I removed the stubs of the branches with a mitre saw
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Dry pegs waiting for a bench
Dry pegs waiting for a bench
 
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Approved BB submission
This took me a while and when you see the pictures you can see a mini version. I accidentally didn't read the BB correctly and made one that was too short in length so I made another bigger and beefier one. Hopefully it's to everyone's liking!
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One of the halves is turning into the bench
One of the halves is turning into the bench
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And some oak legs from last year's prunings
And some oak legs from last year
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Drilling holes
Drilling holes
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Shaping legs
Shaping legs
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Cutting the angles of the feet with a hand saw
Cutting the angles of the feet with a hand saw
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Final length
Final length
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Easily within limits
Easily within limits
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In it's final position with a mini one for the kids and a three log bench in progress
In it's final position
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Height achieved (sorry for the non-freedom units!)
Height achieved (sorry for the non-freedom units!)
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: Thanks, I added those details to a Minimum Requirements section

 
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Congratulations on being the first person to earn this BB, Brandon!
 
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Thanks Jeremy! I'm super chuffed with how it turned out and it was just in time for a camp-fire party I had last weekend too
 
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