Cherry Trestle Marquetry Bench

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Project by nakedjoinery posted 06-30-2013 07:52 PM 2853 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at furniture, which I wasn’t so sure I had the skill to finish but I really like how it turned out. The bench is all cherry with mortise and tenon trestle legs and center brace. I used wedges to lock the legs square to the brace. The guitar marquetry piece was done with an exacto knife using the window method. I did realize a new trick when cutting thin veneer with an exacto I was haveing trouble with splitting then it hit me to lightly wet the veneer when cutting , which allowed it to cut like butter. It caused some cupping with the veneer but I would just toss it between the pages of a thick book for awhile between cuts and it dries flat in no time. It’s all finished with danish oil. I gave this bench to a good friend of mine who like me has five children and wanted a better way to seat the three little ones at one side of the dinner table instead of using chairs. He’s a full time musician so I surprised him with the guitar add on. You can check him out at for any of you music fans. Thanks for looking!

-- mike c

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 09:21 PM

Looks beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 09:28 PM

Nice project. The marquetry is great and the bench should last a long time.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 10:25 PM

Turned out very nice!

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 10:39 PM

All yer new toys and jigs are working great from the looks of this great bench. And marquetry too! Love the joinery on the bench.


-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-30-2013 11:16 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of marquetry. You can easily get lost in here but it’s a great ride.
Nice bench, what’s next in your furniture agenda?

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

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#6 posted 06-30-2013 11:39 PM

Thanks everyone!

Andy, the finish is just Danish oil. I’m to poor for anything else right now lol!

Shipwright, thanks any approval of marquetry from you is a big push for me to try more but I see a Chevy in my future as the exacto is a big pain and I can’t really cut small pieces. I’ve gotta get into a garage shop and out of the basement first. As for next it’s gotta be a set of Greene and Greene end tables for my wife with marquetry added of course!

-- mike c

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 12:18 AM

realey nice job

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 06:32 PM

Looks wonderful, the table and the marquetry too, which supplies that wow factor to the whole thing. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 01:32 PM

The table looks fantastic! Great design and joinery. The marquetry added a great accent. I’m sure your friend loves it. Excellent work!

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#10 posted 07-03-2013 01:47 PM

You did a fine job on this. It’s nice to have you on lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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