Live Edge Bench Slabs

Double Waterfall Walnut Bench

Live Edge Walnut Bench

Walnut Bench with Chrome Legs

Selecting wood/slabs for a Bench is one of the most exciting steps when having a bench custom built or building a bench for yourself.

Building a bench can be a very rewarding project for almost anyone at any skill level. It's a great starter project for someone who is looking to get in to woodworking or for someone who wants to do a little DIY project.


We keep hundreds of bench size slabs in stock at our Mississauga Location so clients and DIYer's can pick the perfect material for their bench. 



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Tips When Buying Wood:

Has the wood been dried properly?
Wood can be kiln dried or air dried and both methods are totally acceptable when done correctly. The importance of properly dried wood is to insure that the wood doesn't warp and twist on you from seasonal temperature and humidity changes.

Has your wood been flattened?
Flattened wood allows for a smooth even slab, this makes the wood easier to sand and finish for someone who doesn't have the machinery to flatten wood.

How is the price of the wood determined?
When purchasing lumber or slabs, the price is based on the cost per board foot associated with that species and grade of the wood. Certain species are more expensive than others, and thicker boards typically cost more per board foot.

How to calculate board feet?
Calculating the total number of board feet uses this calculation:
Width (in inches) x Length (in inches) x Thickness (in inches) divided by 144 = total number of board feet.

Note: all our live edge slabs have been kiln dried and flattened.


Standard Bench Dimensions:

Bench Length: 2 Seater = 42" - 52"

Bench Width: 16" - 20" 

Bench Height: 16" - 18"


Things To Consider Before Building A Bench: 

Do you want your Bench to have epoxy?
Epoxy can be a nice way of making your piece more practical. Epoxy can also give you some more options in terms of creativity. Learn more and purchase epoxy HERE.

What style of legs do you want for your Bench?
Metal/steel legs are a common choice for benches. Hair pin legs and "U" shape legs are the most common.

Wooden legs also work great on benches but tend to be a little more expensive than steel legs.

Waterfall Legs look great and are very aesthetically pleasing and work really well on benches.

Are you incorporating inlays such as bowties?
Bowties are included to stabilize a split or a crack in the slab from splitting further. They can also be added solely for decorative purposes.

Live edge vs square edge? 
Square Edge will typically give you a more modern/clean look where live edge will appear more rustic.

What species of wood are you using?
The species of wood is often determined by the customer and whether or not they want a light or dark bench.
Lighter species of wood include: Oak, Ash, Maple and Elm.
Darker Species include: Walnut, Mahogany and Wenge.

How do you plan on finishing your bench?
We recommend using Rubio Monocoat Pure 2C Oil.
You can learn more and purchase Rubio Monocoat HERE.

Bench Ideas:
 

Mid Century Modern Mappa Burl with Walnut Legs

Round White Oak Coffee Table with Wooden Legs

Square Edge Walnut with Black Steel Legs

Project:
Modern Floating Walnut Bench

Material: Walnut
Size: 56"
Finish: Rubio Monocoat Chocolate 2C Oil

What we Used

We custom built this walnut bench for a client in Burlington. Our client wanted a modern looking walnut and steel bench for a front entrance way. This bench was fully custom made to order from concept to completion. We used a single piece of dimensional walnut finished with Rubio Monocoat Chocolate 2C Oil. The Steel legs were custom made from 3" by 1" rectangle tube to make the walnut seat appear to be floating.