An Original Napkin Holder of Wenge, BEM, & Carolina Cherry Burl

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Project by Greg posted 1131 days ago 1914 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a break from building custom Fly Fishing Nets because my 17 y/o nephew was out visiting from Utah. He was staying with Grandma and noticed that G-ma could use a handy dandy napkin holder. So he stayed a couple nights and we sat down and designed for her a pretty darn nice one if I do say so myself! The base is wenge as well as the “spring”, and the sides are Bird’s Eye Maple. The finger pull is Carolina Cherry Burl. All are finished in deft semi.

It took us 2 days to make on and off. We added the secondary 4/4 wenge base after realizing it wanted to tip when using the spring. The BEM is super nice.
This was his first functional wood project and he did most of the work including most sanding to 320. He seemed to really enjoy it so I am looking forward to teaching him how to build fishing nets if he’s willing.
The bent laminated Wenge “spring” does a nice job of keeping the napkins on the holder.
It was great spending time with him as he has lived out of state almost his whole life.
Grandma REALLY loves it too!


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

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#1 posted 1131 days ago

Nice job on the napkin holder great design as well, We are our tuffest critics but when we can spend time teaching that what we love to do to someone else especialy a teenager I’m not that old but lets face it teenagers now a days are more interested in video games, facebook and texting so for your nephew to take an intrest in woodworking and turning out something so nice is awsome so great job and hopefully your nephew left your shop with the bug so hell be back asking to learn more.

-- Joe, Florida

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#2 posted 1130 days ago

Amazing work! Love the wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 1130 days ago

Nice photos displaying your work. Now your gotta find some classy napkins…......

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 1130 days ago

This is fantastic, just fantastic. Let the wood speak for itself. Some insanely beautiful pieces of wood featured here. You did them great justice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 1130 days ago

Great piece, especially the cherry burl.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 1130 days ago

super nice! I’d love to see napkins in it to show me how they look in there.

Love the wood selection as well as the finish.

Great job

-- Ellen --

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#7 posted 1130 days ago

I really like this design. Great piece. Love your choice of woods, too.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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