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Walnut & Birdseye Maple Entry Bench

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Project by Damian Penney posted 2587 days ago 5777 views 33 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The frame is walnut while the panel is veneered birdseye maple, and the legs are attached to the rails with sliding dovetails.

Learning quite a lot with this project, first time I’ve done sliding dovetails. These were made using a pretty standard shopbuilt mortising jig (that I built for this project) although it probably would have been easier just doing them on the router table.

It’s also the first time I’ve done any veneering. I built a vacuum pump system using the plans from joewoodworker.com. Dead easy. The substrate for the panel is MDF which is a great material for veneering as it’s very flat and extremely stable.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2586 days ago

oh my that is B-U-T-FUL !!!!!!

Nicely done (and a whole lot of “firsts” ) Nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2586 days ago

I speak Deb… she means Bee-You-Tee-ful (as opposed to full of butt), and I agree. What’s the finish?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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oscorner

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#3 posted 2586 days ago

Super bench! I really like how the sliding dovetail joinery shows. I think you need a bigger shop, even though your creativity doesn’t seem to be hampered by the tight quarters. LOL. ;^D

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 2586 days ago

Thanks :) The finish is five coats of Sam Maloofs Poly/Oil topped with a couple coats of his Oil/Wax finish. Feels silky to the touch.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2586 days ago

have you seen my butt?? It’s pretty FULL hahaa

:)
thanks for the translation. I’ll soon be bilingual .

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Damian Penney

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#6 posted 2586 days ago

The shop is a bit bigger than it looks :) about 14×18 I think, but it’s in a continual state of disarray. I usually do a big clean before starting a project and then let it tumble back into chaos…

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 2586 days ago

There are some more pics here and here

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Karson

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#8 posted 2586 days ago

Very nice Bench. I love Veneering. I made my vacuum table about 5 years ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Max

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#9 posted 2586 days ago

I really like the combination of woods that you used.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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wwnovice

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#10 posted 2586 days ago

Nice woods, nice finish, and nice execution. I especially like the B/E maple.

-- John

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Damian Penney

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#11 posted 2586 days ago

With all this positive feedback I’m liking this place more and more, thanks guys :) I’d originally planned on gilding a small white gold border around the maple but as the project progressed it became clear that the birdseye maple more than stood out on it’s own and didn’t need any further embellishment. Glad you all like it. Next project is a matching console table.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 2586 days ago

Oh, around here they throw compliments at any old junk.

I’m just kidding. That is really one beautiful table! ;-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Damian Penney

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#13 posted 2586 days ago

Errrr thanks Charlie.. I think… :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 2586 days ago

hahah junk wood / beautiful table. Interesting that they refer to the same thing!!!

Quite the compliment to the worker of the wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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mjpierson

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#15 posted 2586 days ago

nice – like the birdeye with the walnut..

thanks for the vacuum tip – I will need to check into that…

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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