Thank you folks.
What kind of wood?
Bigbrownie, I forgot to mention what species of wood.
Legs- ASH (stained Golden Oak)
So the bark is Oak. I used Draw Knife to remove rough, ridged, sharp, outside bark Oak is know for. By slightly removing a bit, it's still natural looking, but smoother. Does give the appearance of Sassafras bark (now that you mention it), but I wasn't going for that.
I was thinking of our great-grand Daughter climbing, laying and crawling underneath these benches...lol. I was going for smooth- no rough, sharp edges and no splitters...lol.
On another note-
The two benches came from the same 10' slab.
One end, one side, the bark was torn off from skidding. So I removed remainder of bark to make a live edge bench. Two different looks from one slab.
Last edited by Hern; 08-12-2017 at 04:40 AM.