Mahogany File Drawers

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Project by Phil Brown posted 05-08-2007 08:59 PM 2173 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another old project dug out of my early years album. These mahogany file drawers double as night stands for my mother who files every scrap of paper with information on it, and every receipt. I wish my accounting could get beyond the fish bowl method.

I brought a lot of mahogany skids home from the warehouse after their contents were delivered, usually photocopiers. These skids were made of mahogany veneered plywood and mahogany lumber, and had large plastic donuts to cushion the ride. Some of the skids had a layer of foam glued between two sheets of mahogany plywood. It was quite a chore to get the glue off and still have useable material.

Its hard to tell from the scanned polaroid but the finish is puritan pine and spray lacquer. I didn’t want a real red finish. My mother still has them nineteen years later.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 05-08-2007 09:05 PM

wow… 1) beautiful and 2) all that work!! and 3) reclaimed.. unbelievable.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 05-08-2007 09:14 PM

Hi Phil,

This is a nice piece of work.I too use a lot of pallet wood. My son works on lift truck services and the companies he service give him all the pallet wood he wants. I end up with mahogany, oak, maple, and I got a bunch of 2×4x8 of I don’t know what. The wood is orange to reddish brown, very very heavy and hard as a rock. When I tried to rip them on the bandsaw, the blade got so hot, melted the tires.
Got to watch for the nails though…

have a nice day,


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#3 posted 05-08-2007 09:22 PM

This is great use of recycled materials. Apparently very well made also.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-08-2007 11:47 PM

Nice and they can be used for a nightstand too which is nice and space saving which I love. They look beautiful.


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#5 posted 05-09-2007 12:53 AM

Pallets used to be a good source of wood in Australia, but now virtually all Pallets used in this country are “Chep Pallets”. They are made of low quality wood and fairly unsuitable for fine woodworking.

Nice work, Phil.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 05-09-2007 07:04 AM

Being in the transportation industry most of my life has created a great source of lumber. I have years worth of projects in recycled wood stored out behind the barn. Sometimes I just go out there and stare at it, wondering, if I’ll ever get all those projects done.

Shipping within North America still yields good lumber, especially white pine. I’m trying to get an e-book done with many of the reproduction antiques that I sell, all from rough crate lumber.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#7 posted 05-09-2007 11:57 AM

Gives me a new appreciation for those simple old ugly pallets. I thought they were all made of pine or plain white oak. As usual Phil, nice piece and thanks for the info on the pallets.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 05-09-2007 03:05 PM

Beautiful mahagony Phil. I don’t know about using it on a file cabinet, but you could’nt have made a prettier looking one. lol. Really good work. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-09-2007 05:31 PM

Its amazing what you can recycle and what you can make from scrap. I’m going to post a photo of a pie safe that a local reproduction antiques boutique bought from me. Its made from rough sawn swedish pine and spruce that I got from crates when I was traffic and crating manager at a local factory.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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