Custom live edge bench with bow-tie splines.
Bench base: The attached photos show a contemporary straight-leg base for a 6' long bench. It was reinforced with square steel tubing inserted into the wood (not visible) and can support several hundred pounds. I can also build a farm-house style base if you prefer that look as well.
Bench top: This is my signature design which features a reversed live edge (live edge is in the middle of the bench so that the exterior remains rectangular) and bow-tie splines (also called Dutchman splines) to secure the two halves. The bow-ties in this photo were made from walnut and the live edge and base were made from Elm. Standard bench length I build is 6'-7' feet, however 8'-10' is available as well for an extra fee.
Dimensions: approx 10-14" wide (you choose), 5-8' feet long, 17" tall. Slab top can be 1.25" to 1.75" thick. Base is typically 1.5"-1.75" square milled lumber.
Wood: The elm wood you see in these pictures have a medium-brown stain applied and an oil/varnish blend wipe-on finish called Arm-R-Seal. This combination provides the best balance of silky smooth feel and durability, but I am open to other finish options.
Standard wood options are: Elm, Spalted Maple, Spalted Madrone, and old growth Douglas fir. All lumber has been salvaged from diseased or storm damaged local trees on Orcas Island.
Construction: Top slab is secured with bow-tie splines, base is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery. Square steel tubing can be used to reinforce extra long benches.
Available for delivery to the greater Seattle area for $40, or you can pick it up here in Bellevue.