Sapele and Walnut Bench

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 1418 days ago 1723 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most recent project that I made for my in-laws as a house warming gift. This is a ribbon sapele bench with a walnut cross-piece. The sapele has progressively smaller dovetails on the outer edges, including a rounded over edge on the corners. The walnut cross-piece is a through tenon with two wedged purple heart pieces.

It is sanded around the natural edges of the sapwood, and has a wipe on poly finish. This is the second of two similar pieces I made with a large piece of sapele. The first was a coffee table, pictured in this set.

The dimensions are 48” wide x 15” deep x 18” tall.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 1418 days ago

Cool design and constuction. Looks great. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 1418 days ago

Homerun on both of these pieces Andy! The dovetailing looks nice rounded over like that. Would love to see some more pics of the coffee table.

-- Darrell B.

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#3 posted 1418 days ago

Okay, found the coffee table. You are some kind of quality woodworker!

-- Darrell B.

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#4 posted 1418 days ago

Really nice clean design. I like the graduated dovetails. A really subtle touch that I wouldn’t have noticed unless you mentioned them.

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#5 posted 1417 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 1340 days ago

The dovetails are impressive. Great proportions.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 1340 days ago

Bee-a-u-tee-full! Love it. Nice joinery.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#8 posted 1321 days ago

You gotta love that Sapele. Great job.

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