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Possible slab design benches

smooth dovetail bench

Simple slab bench with smoothly rounded dovetail joints. One spreader underneath to make totally solid. This design relies on impeccable wood - the claro walnut, oak, madrone slabs on Woods page all appear as great candidates.


exposed dovetail bench

Simple slab bench with exposed and exaggerated dovetail joints that would rise above the plane of the slab bench. These would rise maybe 4 inches and would be smoothly rounded to the touch (the drawing above shows them as too sharp.) One spreader underneath to make totally solid. This design relies on impeccable wood - the claro walnut, oak, madrone slabs on Woods page all appear as great candidates.

Walnut
Walnut
Personally I think the tractor seat impressions (maybe 1/2 deep max) would be most comfortable and would bring back some fond memories of sitting in similar seats around a table.