The DiBello Bed

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Project by Goldwoman posted 02-20-2014 02:08 AM 3373 views 11 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first piece after one year of apprenticing with Master Furniture Maker Phillip Sell in Wimberley, Texas. ( My goal for the first year was to enter a piece into the Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville, Tx, in November, and this is the piece I entered. It was accepted, and I actually won 2 awards: Best Apprentice, and Judges’ Special Award. Needless to say, I was blown away and it was the best validation for my new career path.

The bed is Queen sized and made of solid walnut. It was inspired by Charles Rennie MacIntosh’ “Willow Chair”, as well as Phillip’s contemporary work.

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 02:30 AM

Simply beautiful.

What is the joinery for the lattice? Are they lap joints?

I wish you luck with what appears to be a good career path.


-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 02:36 AM

Truly outstanding—beautiful design and craftsmanship! I predict you will go far in your new career. Look forward to future project posts from you.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 02:42 AM

Wow! Thank you guys so much for the kind words and support! I am SO excited to be woodworking! I am also posting some of my marquetry pieces, which I do with my mentor, Spider Johnson in Mason Texas. ( Spider is a master Fine Art marquetry artist. We are working on a commissioned piece right ow that I will post as soon as we get the finish on it next week!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 02:48 AM

That’s one impressive bed,a great design and fine build/

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 02:56 AM

beautiful, congratulations on winning.
look forward to many more posts.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 02:56 AM


The wood selection and arrangement accentuate the restrained curves and impart a “natural” sense to what could have been overwhelming artifice.

Great artistry!

I look forward to future designs.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#7 posted 02-20-2014 03:27 AM

Wonderful project, well done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 04:54 AM

Pretty impressive for your first project posted. Welcome to the site and hope to see more of your work.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#9 posted 02-20-2014 05:48 AM


Absolutely Beautiful Bed!! A work of Art! Thanks For Sharing Cindy.

I look forward to seeing more of Your Work.

Welcome To LumberJocks (And Jills …LOL…)

Regards: Rick

PS: I had a look at Your Profile. ALSO Very Impressive!

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#10 posted 02-20-2014 11:15 AM

wow, that is so amazingly beautiful, that is a work of art, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#11 posted 02-20-2014 12:37 PM

Wow, great looking bed, excellent design….looks like a lot of work to make it…..thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 02-20-2014 12:42 PM

Beautiful work – both the design and workmanship. Welcome to the world of woodworkers. You seem to be starting at the top. It will be fun to see your pieces. Please keep posting.


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#13 posted 02-20-2014 12:49 PM

Amazing piece of furniture, absolutely fantastic. All those little pieces joined with no gaps or flaws, excellent craftsmanship.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 02-20-2014 01:20 PM

Beautiful job!


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#15 posted 02-20-2014 02:05 PM

Wonderful project. Your apprenticeship has obviously served you well!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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