Live Edge Bench - the first bench I've made - need tips
Ok, so I bought this wormy funky group of 9 walnut boards - mostly 3/4" thick x 9" to 15" by 8' long for 50 bucks.
This is the first piece I've put together. It's about 50" long, the legs are from the same board of wood.
Now, there's a crack which seems stable on one end of the top. Is it considered "bad form" not to address it with a bowtie or something else? Or, is it acceptable to leave it alone so long as the crack is stable? Personally, I don't mind it. I think it adds character.
Also, on the edges, should I clear all the bark? What do you all think?
Now, I have to pivot the legs inward because the material is so thin and I needed to support the middle even with the rail coming down center.
I value all your experience and advice. Thanks for taking a look!