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Here's My Woodworking!
By John Dunne
Glendale, CA


20+ years back a buddy made a napkin drawing of an exterior bench he was considering to have made to complete a recent home remodel. I asked him to allow me to have a go at it. I made a steel sub-structure (High School metal-shop class had taught me basic MIG welding) then clad this steel chassis in white oak slates. The bench turned out better than I expected!

As my friend loved to entertain at his home, and the bench was a hit with his guests, I received new commissions. In time, I organically moved from making photographs to making custom furniture. The more pieces I built the more I was attracted to building with wood as the center piece to my designs. Ash, walnut, maple and mahogony are my favorite hardwoods with which to work.

Laminated ash is what I used for this table project, "The Bite Table". The home for which this piece was designed, The Wave House, incorporates serpentine lines forming curved walls and architectural details throughout. The curved ash base has vents in the bottom and the perimeter of the base top to allow for even transfer of heat generated by radiated heat floor tiles. The table was completed with a nearly 7'L x 48"W x 3/4" thick slab of marble laminated to a 1/4" aluminum plate.

Below are pictures of the construction process.






Below are a few more projects I've made:

Slatted Oak Bench

124 Dining Table made of walnut, bleached walnut and ash
plus black oxide steel. 108" x 54" x 2"

Iluminada Bed (California King size). African mahogany headboard,
frame and wing tables. Ash slating. Hand-forged steel legs

Barca Coffee Table made out of a large red wood burl
with a bronzed steel base.

Collectors Book Case made with apitong ply.

Lattice daybed made from hard maple and ash splines.

After Mim Sihvonen Bar Stools made from ash

Too Pieces Credenza made from walnut with
patinated gun metal steel tube, brass hardware.

Dunes Sculpture made from walnut


John can be reached directly via email at dunne524@gmail.com.

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