Entry Bench

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2183 days ago 3916 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This entry bench was built for clients that I have previously done work for. I had previously built a vanity for these clients and you can see it here.

Many of the design elements were taken from the vanity; the color, an arch, and the moulding around the drawers. The clients made the upholstered seat. The wood is curly maple.

I tried a new finish on this project. I used MLCampbell Magna Max. It is a pre-cat lacquer that has the durability ratings of a conversion varnish. I would find it hard to believe but another furniture maker I know highly recommended it. Time will tell, but my initial handling of it is very positive.

I thought that I would share a couple of pictures from my notebook to show some of the design process. I also drew the faceframe in full scale on the workbench to insure that the proportions were good.

The fourth photo with the flowers shows the space before the bench was installed.

The final photo shows the dry fitting. I did a test fit then took the faceframe back to the shop for stain and finish. If it needed any final cutting to fit in place I wanted to do it before the stain and finish.

Finish Update:

I have been using the ML Campbell with great results. It is a pre-catalyzed lacquer that has a higher than normal durability. I love this finish and it is what I leave in my pressure pot all of the time.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 2183 days ago

nice bench Todd. Thanks for including the concept sketch. It’s great to see it from inception to completed install.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#2 posted 2183 days ago

Nice looking bench. Looks like it was always meant to be there.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 2183 days ago

Very nice Todd…I always admire the spacing you produce around your doors and drawers. The finish looks great.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2183 days ago

Thanks Greg. The goal was to make a piece that looked like it had always been there.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 2183 days ago

Great job Todd. Very beautiful look.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2183 days ago

I always admire your creations Todd.

I’m sure your clients are very proud to have something made by you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 2183 days ago

Looks good Todd. I like the leg detail, and of course I like that curly maple anyway it’s stained. Glad you mentioned that the client’s did the upholstery and fabric choice…

Keep us apprised about the MagnaMax. Aside from the odor, I have really liked the Campbell MagnaLac I have shot.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 2183 days ago

Todd: you once said this about one of my projects:

A good benchmark for determining the success of a project is this: Does it look like it belongs in the location or was part of the original design?

In your case the answer is absolutely – YES!”

The exact same words apply here. Very nicely done.

-- David, O.C., California

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#9 posted 2182 days ago

Todd, you have done it again. Your work is very impressive.

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#10 posted 2182 days ago

great looking bench todd, i love the curley maple .

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#11 posted 2182 days ago

Really nice piece..I love curly maple!


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#12 posted 2182 days ago

The curly maple looks like the grain was subdued by the finish. Does the grain pop, or was it the angle of the picture? I love the look of maple, birdseye, curly, you name it. A very nice bench, well made and appears to belong in the area. I agree with all the above comments too!

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 2182 days ago

Nice work Todd. I am quite sure the Magna Max will be your new finish of choice when durability is a concern. It is a great product. Do you use the ML stains as well?


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#14 posted 2182 days ago

the colouring is gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 2182 days ago

Nice job & great use of space Todd.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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