Bench in Sapele

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 07-01-2009 06:53 PM 2903 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bedroom sitting bench in sapele. I pulled this design directly from Thomas Moser. I love his designs and construction, but just can’t afford it. Only differences here were that this was made from on piece of Sapele, and I opted out of making through tenons on the top rail, and back rails.
This was a great exercise in taking a basic line drawing and some photos and bringing it to life in 3 dimensions. I did some prototyping with poplar for the seat bevel angles as well as the curve and taper on the back rest, which is surprisingly comfortable.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 07:31 PM

i really like this. nice simple looking design

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 08:15 PM

very simple design indeed. It’s a copy of a Thomas Moser Edo Bench, sans the through tenons.

-- Andy Brownell

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 08:20 PM

elegant! Nice work.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 11:15 PM

I like the design. Nice build.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 11:52 PM

Niece piece and welcome to LJ’s

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 01:24 AM

Really nice bench. How did you like working with sapele?

-- Rick

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 02:41 AM

It’s really easy. Less expensive, and less tear-out than mahogany. Real easy to find big boards too. Only problem is questionable sourcing.

-- Andy Brownell

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 02:44 AM

Nice looking bench.

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 03:14 AM

Yeah, the edo stuff is pretty sweet. I am working on a bookcase design that is partially influenced by that as well. I’m tracking it on my Gorilla Glue blog.

-- Andy Brownell

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