Sapele Bench

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Project by los posted 11-10-2010 09:45 PM 3244 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pretty basic but beefy bench I made for the foot of the bed. Solid sapele with walnut as the support/apron….

I picked up a great piece of 12/4 sapele from Hearne Hardwoods (only 30 min from my house!!!!) and cleaned up the rough milled board to find some beautiful grain and decided to bookmatch the top and focus the whole bench around the top. I book matched the legs as well from the same board.

Used pretty simple joinery, some hidden screws and then glue and dowels to hold the top to the base(not that gravity wont help with a piece of sapele 5 feet by 16 inches by 1 3/8 thick….did I mention it was heavy)

Finished with 3 coats of the Sam Maloof oil/poly mix from Rockler.

Again it was all about that beautiful grain on the top. The morning sun comes in the windows of the bedroom everyday and it just lights up.

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 10:01 PM

That top is amazing!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 11:43 PM

Wow, the wood is beautiful. Great job

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 01:44 AM


That looks absolutely beautiful! I like that you kept the lines simple, as it helps keep the focus on that gorgeous wood.

Excellent job on the bookmatching too.

Nice choice on the finish; it suits it well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 08:24 AM

The wood combined with your finish looks absolutely gold, wow! Like the simple clear lines too, perfect!
Thanks for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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