From time-to-time one can locate a beautiful large plank of local hardwood, such as the 10 feet long Western Maple slab that was used here.
The slab was cut into three pieces, the joining edges were mitered and splined and pegged, and then carefully sanded and finished to yield a beautiful and very sturdy bench or low table. This joining method allows the figure within the wood to continue across the top, over the edges, and down the end boards.
Three of these benches were made at the time, but now are being admired in their new homes. Michael may be able to make one for you!