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When I need wood for a project, my first stop is a small mill near
my shop that specializes in local hardwoods. On one particular visit I
noticed a pile of offcuts sitting out in the rain. As I pawed through
the pile, a slab of white oak caught my eye. From some angles, the plank's
thickness was almost invisible. Eventually, I decided a natural bench would be
the best way to retain the natural look of the slab and highlight its
For more on how to build this natural bench, please visit our blog (http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/02/24/natural-bench.aspx).