Dining room buffet

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Project by Alan posted 04-14-2008 06:04 PM 2068 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a commission for a client in Chicago. I was going for a kind of deco look. There’s a slight bowfront to the birdseye drawer fronts. The bottom drawer set is actually one drawer with a slot down the middle so it looks like the others. The handles are wenge. The carcase and top are all solid sapele.
At the time, I was making my own veneers- a very labor intensive job. Doing it yourself, you can make the veneers a little thicker so there’s less problem with sanding through, but overall, it’s a lot of work. I think it’s better to use commercial veneers and a press. The choices are infinitely greater. See more at

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 06:21 PM


This is a very unique buffet. The sapele and maple make a good combination and the wenge adds some visual interest to the piece as well.

Again, I would be interested in the finish you used on this one.

Thanks for the post. I really appreciate the opportunity to look at works like this.

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 06:36 PM

I did this project a few years ago and, if I remember correctly, I used a home brew poly/oil blend. Since then I’ve used spray lacquer (didn’t really like it) and currently I’m using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal wipe on finish. Very time consuming, buts makes a nice hard finish that’s fairly easy to buff out. I use auto polish as a final buffing compound.

-- Alan Carter,

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 06:47 PM

Really beautiful… love the “artsy” look… plus the figure of the wood is marvelous!

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 07:09 PM

fantastic looking

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 02:01 AM

that is gorgeous!

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 03:23 PM

Beautiful design. I’ve always like the Art Deco style. The wood choice really brings it class.

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#7 posted 06-14-2008 04:21 AM

Beautiful buffet.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 06:53 AM

Every piece i see of yours is just stunning..

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