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Cherry Trestle Marquetry Bench

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Project by nakedjoinery posted 392 days ago 1180 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at furniture, which I wasn’t so sure I had the skill to finish but I really like how it turned out. The bench is all cherry with mortise and tenon trestle legs and center brace. I used wedges to lock the legs square to the brace. The guitar marquetry piece was done with an exacto knife using the window method. I did realize a new trick when cutting thin veneer with an exacto I was haveing trouble with splitting then it hit me to lightly wet the veneer when cutting , which allowed it to cut like butter. It caused some cupping with the veneer but I would just toss it between the pages of a thick book for awhile between cuts and it dries flat in no time. It’s all finished with danish oil. I gave this bench to a good friend of mine who like me has five children and wanted a better way to seat the three little ones at one side of the dinner table instead of using chairs. He’s a full time musician so I surprised him with the guitar add on. You can check him out at http://jasonwellsmusic.com/ for any of you music fans. Thanks for looking!

-- mike c





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 392 days ago

Looks beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 392 days ago

Nice project. The marquetry is great and the bench should last a long time.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 392 days ago

Turned out very nice!

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 392 days ago

All yer new toys and jigs are working great from the looks of this great bench. And marquetry too! Love the joinery on the bench.

Finish???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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shipwright

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#5 posted 392 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of marquetry. You can easily get lost in here but it’s a great ride.
Nice bench, what’s next in your furniture agenda?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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nakedjoinery

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#6 posted 392 days ago

Thanks everyone!

Andy, the finish is just Danish oil. I’m to poor for anything else right now lol!

Shipwright, thanks any approval of marquetry from you is a big push for me to try more but I see a Chevy in my future as the exacto is a big pain and I can’t really cut small pieces. I’ve gotta get into a garage shop and out of the basement first. As for next it’s gotta be a set of Greene and Greene end tables for my wife with marquetry added of course!

-- mike c

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david38

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#7 posted 392 days ago

realey nice job

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stefang

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#8 posted 391 days ago

Looks wonderful, the table and the marquetry too, which supplies that wow factor to the whole thing. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 390 days ago

The table looks fantastic! Great design and joinery. The marquetry added a great accent. I’m sure your friend loves it. Excellent work!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 390 days ago

You did a fine job on this. It’s nice to have you on lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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