I decided to finish the top of the bench with a knife finish. I’ve fastened the legs in and filled the dead knots in a matching style. Cutting the leg tops off and finishing the tooling this morning – after lighting the charcoal kiln.
It is surprisingly easy to finish a flat surface in this way, hand planing an area so big would have been rather time consuming, and I don’t think would have fitted the style of the bench so well, it seems to bring the grain to life with an interesting ripple effect on the growth rings:
I had a visitor, sheltering from the rain yesterday too:
I wasn’t sure what type of beetle this is, there are quite a lot of different ones in Strid, seems to be a Long Horn Beetle maybe
Bark Runner Beetle, Rhagium mordax which feeds on wood, so that would figure.