A Live Edge Slab Bench


#1

Claro walnut Slab Bench
A live edge claro walnut slab the easy way.


SketchUp as a hobby
#2

Lovely work! If I were to do it personally. I probably would’ve made the legs either more modernist or more rounded. But just how I’d do it…


#3

Beautiful.
Honest critique… The bench itself (seat portion) is wonderfully old style, almost rustic, but the legs reflect a strictly refined modern edge… personally, I feel the two clash.


#4

Thank you.

You’re welcome to your opinion. The contrast between the live edges on the seat and the straight, square corners on the legs was intentional. Different strokes.


#5

Good morning DaveR,
I hope you do not think of my critique as a personal attack on your work and/or creativity.
Please do not.

It was only a critique. I was thinking about the design last evening too, particularly the legs. I think to be more specific, I would say that the finish on the legs is what clashes, IMHO. It looks more like a modern laminate or veneer where as the bench itself is a beautifully crafted old world style slab.
Blending an old style with a modern style is difficult to do. Not that it can’t be done… it certainly can !

What do you think about making the legs out of a stone material ?
Maybe Granite or Marble ?

Again, this is just a critique. I was taught about critiquing the work of others while in college (design classes), and it is in no way intended to offend you or your work sir.
It is only a humble suggestion / opinion.

Your work ( SketchUp ) shows a lot of skill too. The bench top really is beautiful.
I am just learning about SketchUp myself.

Best wishes.


#6

No. I didn’t think of your comment as an attack. I spent enough time in fine arts school to recognize a critique and not to take it personally.

The wood grain texture I used on the legs is made from a photo of a real board. It isn’t an especially wild grain, though. As with the shape for the legs, I chose the unexciting grain as a contrast to the grain in the walnut. Stone or even concrete could also be used.

I don’t have any plans to build the bench. I only drew it as a subject for a tutorial on how to draw the live edge plank in SketchUp. At least for me, I can now say I’ve been there and done that. On to other things. :wink:

Thank you for the compliment. Practice is the key with SketchUp and with many other pursuits.