My first "Chippendale" bench

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Project by Jeff_in_LSMO posted 05-11-2012 01:54 PM 3166 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chippendale inspired bench. Genuine mahogany. Dyed and shellacked (sp?).

This is my second furniture project, the first I care not to post. Anyway, thanks to Cal Hobbs and the KC Woodworkers Guild for introducing me to period furniture. I think you may have a convert.

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 01:55 PM

I forgot to ask. Does anyone have any tips for applying shellac in very tight corners/crevasses? As you can see by the ball and claw pic, I had a little trouble getting a smooth finish.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 02:08 PM

Excellent work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 02:20 PM

Impressive work, really nice job on the claw and ball feet.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 03:05 PM

What did you build before you started building furniture? Thats awesome!!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 03:42 PM

489tad, thanks. I’ve remodeled a few rooms in our old house. Built a deck. Rebuilt a garage. General carpenter kind of work, of which I am not, nor do I claim to be a good carpenter. I guess as a kid I liked to build stuff, like rabbit traps, or replicas of guns from the movie, Aliens. You know, that big gun the girl carried that had a handle and needed a shoulder strap to carry? That was my favorite. Plus it made such a cool sound.

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#6 posted 05-11-2012 07:09 PM

Love the bench and ball and claw legs. Keep up the good work!

-- Ed- [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 07:46 PM

great looking bench, The ball and claw feet turned out really well. Carving these is on my to-do list, something I hope to try one day.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 08:28 PM

Well executed Jeff !

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 10:03 PM

489tad; my momma didn’t raise no fool, I was born this way… so I misunderstood your question. My first project was a cabinet for our girls. I’m not to please how it turned out, but I posted it anyway in case you are curious.

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 11:00 PM

Beautiful! Love the cabinet too…

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#11 posted 05-12-2012 01:34 AM

nice work!

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#12 posted 05-12-2012 03:39 AM

All I can say is wow, beautiful piece.

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 05-12-2012 05:36 AM

Great work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 05-12-2012 06:34 AM

In answer to your question about getting a finish into tight corners, A small brush should do the trick. I do it all the time. After you build up the finish, Make a polish out of Boiled linseed oil- alcohol- vinegar-mineral spirits- and rottenstone. put some on a cloth and rub out the finish. Work quickly.

-- Don't be in such a hurry, do it right the first time.

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#15 posted 05-13-2012 02:46 PM


Can’t say how much I am impressed with the bench. You FAR EXCEEDED your level of instruction! A natural. My footstool looks basically the same as it did on our last class session…..

Now what are you planning to build?


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