Mahogany Bench

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Project by Mean_Dean posted 08-15-2012 06:29 PM 8196 views 69 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a bench in the bedroom for changing clothes, etc, so I decided to build this one!

It’s African Mahogany, 18”H x 30”L x 13”W, finished with clear, satin wiping varnish.

The top is basically QS mahogany, which I’d never seen before. But the grain is just spectacular! It kind of shimmers as you view it from different angles.

It has an Asian look to it, and has wedged-tenons, and even a Greene & Greene cloud lift element on the bottom of the side panels.

I enjoy sitting on it every day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 06:46 PM

That’s beautiful Dean!

-- Rex

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 06:56 PM

Looks very elegant and sturdy, two adjectives that don’t often go together. It’s too bad there aren’t more pictures!

How did you surface the African mahogany? Planing, scraping, sanding? I have a few pieces and it’s a bear to get smooth. Very coarse, swirling grain that doesn’t seem to like being planed.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 07:01 PM

I really like that alot. Beautiful and simple in appearance and I bet its practically bombproof with those pegged stretchers.

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 08:20 PM

handsome bench with nice proportions

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 08:53 PM

I like it ! Attractive and obviously nice and solid. Great design !

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 10:08 PM

Very nice looking bench. The Leg’s design is very attractive – I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 12:24 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

Brian, this African Mahogany has interlocking grain, and tears-out like crazy! Since it was going to tear out anyway, I just ran it through the planer to get it about 1/32” over, and then sanded it starting with 80 grit, and working up to 220 grit. By then, it was glass smooth!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 01:18 AM

Well done, love the end pins

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 02:50 AM

Novice question:

How is the seat attached to the legs?

Beautiful piece.

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 05:48 AM


First, there are no novice questions! The best woodworkers I know are the ones who are always asking questions!

The bench top is fastened to the legs with figure-8 fasteners. The tops of the legs are mortised out with a 3/4” Forstner bit to a depth of about 1/8”. Then the bench top is fastened to the other opening in the figure-8 fastener. Figure-8’s are used so that the top can expand and contract with the seasons, and the bench top just swivels around the tops of the legs.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 08:41 AM

Great work, very clean and some good-looking wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 12:46 PM

That’s just beautiful, Dean. Profoundly simple, solid and wonderful to actually get to use every day. The perfect project.

-- "I'm your huckleberry"

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 02:52 PM

And now I know what figure 8 fasteners are. Never seen those before.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#14 posted 08-16-2012 03:20 PM

Very nice!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#15 posted 08-16-2012 03:33 PM

Are the legs tapered, or is it an optical illusion? Very nice piece.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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