Massasser Ebony Vanity

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Project by Les Hastings posted 01-06-2012 02:23 AM 3599 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bow front vanity with a 145” radius, 22” deep and 50” wide. The veneer is Massasser Ebony. Inlays on the front is 1/16 Maple. The champfer on the front legs is veneered with Birds Eye Maple. The top is book matched Birds Eye Maple with inlays of curly satinwood with a 1/32 ebony border, edgebanded with curly satinwood. The interior is walnut with walnut drawer box’s. The drawer fronts are attached with hand cut dovetails. The drawer slides are hand made sliding dovetails out of hard maple.The drawers protrude 3/8 from the face of the vanity and have 1/8 walnut cock bead around them that is attached to the case. All the legs are poplar shaped by hand and veneered. The drawer box’s come out the case at an angle from the center of the 145” radius.

Figured 197 hours to build thid piece, actual build time 215 hours.

Thanks for looking and have fun woodworking!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 02:26 AM

Wow, Les! That is sure a beauty! What wonderful work you do. It’s always a treat to see what you are working on and this piece is no exception. Your work certainly is beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 02:33 AM

Lee another masterpiece, you never fail to amaze me.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 02:35 AM

Lots of veneering talent on display here. That’s just lovely Les.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 02:44 AM

I saw two of my favorite things in the LJ notification Macassar Ebony and Les Hastings and just knew this was going to be a knock out before I even clicked the link. Fantastic work, love it!

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 02:45 AM

absolutely gorgeous!!! gives me lots of ideas..thanks for posting Les..

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 02:57 AM

Beautiful, great work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 03:04 AM

Masterful work on this, Les.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 03:43 AM

Wow Les this is beyond amazing,pretty much your norm as projects go. Beautiful and technically challenging .

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 04:38 AM


Your workmanship never ceases to amaze us! We really love the birdseye top. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 04:49 AM

A very impressive vanity! The veneer work is excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 01-06-2012 05:21 AM

Wow that is a beautiful vanity. The design especially the legs is great, the selectionof veneer and other woods is outstanding and the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is outstanding. Wow again.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 01-06-2012 06:08 AM

As usual, brilliant! Every angle is eye candy! absolutely love your posts. Keep them coming. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 06:47 AM

Superb piece. I can only imagine the house it’s going into and the price!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#14 posted 01-06-2012 11:26 AM

Wow! Every time I start to convince myself I got what it takes to be a pro, Les Hastings comes along and posts a reality check! Guess I’ll stick around in the Air Force a few more years.

Seriously, this is another fine example of your awesome work. Well-done!

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#15 posted 01-06-2012 02:29 PM

Thanks everyone! Your comments give me goose bumps and makes me feel like I did the job right. I wish all of you could come hang out in the shop with me for a week or two and just talk shop and we could learn from each other. Have a great year everybody!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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