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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)


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!

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product
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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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