Massasser Ebony Vanity

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Project by Les Hastings posted 916 days ago 2172 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bow front vanity with a 145” radius, 22” deep and 50” wide. The veneer is Massasser Ebony. Inlays on the front is 1/16 Maple. The champfer on the front legs is veneered with Birds Eye Maple. The top is book matched Birds Eye Maple with inlays of curly satinwood with a 1/32 ebony border, edgebanded with curly satinwood. The interior is walnut with walnut drawer box’s. The drawer fronts are attached with hand cut dovetails. The drawer slides are hand made sliding dovetails out of hard maple.The drawers protrude 3/8 from the face of the vanity and have 1/8 walnut cock bead around them that is attached to the case. All the legs are poplar shaped by hand and veneered. The drawer box’s come out the case at an angle from the center of the 145” radius.

Figured 197 hours to build thid piece, actual build time 215 hours.

Thanks for looking and have fun woodworking!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 916 days ago

Wow, Les! That is sure a beauty! What wonderful work you do. It’s always a treat to see what you are working on and this piece is no exception. Your work certainly is beautiful!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 916 days ago

Lee another masterpiece, you never fail to amaze me.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 916 days ago

Lots of veneering talent on display here. That’s just lovely Les.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 916 days ago

I saw two of my favorite things in the LJ notification Macassar Ebony and Les Hastings and just knew this was going to be a knock out before I even clicked the link. Fantastic work, love it!

-- 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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#5 posted 916 days ago

absolutely gorgeous!!! gives me lots of ideas..thanks for posting Les..

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 916 days ago

Beautiful, great work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 916 days ago

Masterful work on this, Les.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 916 days ago

Wow Les this is beyond amazing,pretty much your norm as projects go. Beautiful and technically challenging .

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 916 days ago


Your workmanship never ceases to amaze us! We really love the birdseye top. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 916 days ago

A very impressive vanity! The veneer work is excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 916 days ago

Wow that is a beautiful vanity. The design especially the legs is great, the selectionof veneer and other woods is outstanding and the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is outstanding. Wow again.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Charles Maxwell

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#12 posted 916 days ago

As usual, brilliant! Every angle is eye candy! absolutely love your posts. Keep them coming. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 916 days ago

Superb piece. I can only imagine the house it’s going into and the price!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#14 posted 916 days ago

Wow! Every time I start to convince myself I got what it takes to be a pro, Les Hastings comes along and posts a reality check! Guess I’ll stick around in the Air Force a few more years.

Seriously, this is another fine example of your awesome work. Well-done!

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Les Hastings

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#15 posted 916 days ago

Thanks everyone! Your comments give me goose bumps and makes me feel like I did the job right. I wish all of you could come hang out in the shop with me for a week or two and just talk shop and we could learn from each other. Have a great year everybody!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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