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Project by Cher posted 01-02-2010 07:10 PM 2811 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Tallboy last year (2009) for my eldest daughter Tracy. She gave me the height, width & length, the rest I could do as I wanted. I used meranti in this project as welll. I thought the different colors would be interesting until the project was finished. I wanted to stain it but Tracy said she wanted it to stay like that. I finished it with woodoc no.5.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 08:21 PM

Very cool. The meranti ply seems to have allot of color variations. I think mostly because it isn’t classified as a furniture grade ply.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 08:36 PM

Most probably not. Furniture in SA (in the shops) is made mostly from mdf or pine… if decent wood is used it costs a fortune. In SA meranti is used for doors, door frames and window frames & of course I use meranti.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 08:40 PM

Cher that is sweet looking the different colours add to the features nicely you should be proud ….

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 11:38 PM

The delicate changes in color add greatly to the overall project… which is very nice!
It is simple, classy and hand made by mom!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 11:44 PM

Nice work Cher looks good.


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#6 posted 01-03-2010 01:46 AM

Very Nice and like Ellen said it can’t be beat, made by MOM! Personally I love the color variations.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 08:59 AM

Hi Mario, it is solid meranti. No I didnt dovetail the drawers, I have a dovetail jig but it isnt a good one, I was going to buy a Festool one but the rep was cheecky and insulting so I got a Jet lathe instead.
When Tracy asked for the tallboy she said she wanted something ‘Made by her Mom’.
Thank you to all for your kind comments it motivates me to do better.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 10:39 PM

I think you have done a very nice job on this Tall Boy.
Thanks for posting, I hope to see more of your work in the future.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 11:57 PM

Great job love the color mix (I too do that sometime) glad for your daughter, always nice to do something for our kids…thanks for posting

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 11:23 AM

Very nice looking piece of furniture.

I was surprised to learn that the wood you used for this tallboy is also known as meranti in your country, SA.
Meranti Bakau is the Standard Malaysian Name for the timber of Shorea uliginosa (Dipterocarpaceae). Not only we have it’s name in common, I think the usage is also the same.

Ref –

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 12:29 PM

Hi woodworm, thanks for the link it is interesting

-- When you know better you do better.

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 03:51 PM

You did a good job on the tallboy!


-- Robin Renee'

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 05:51 AM

Very nice, Cher!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 05:54 AM

Nice work!

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#15 posted 02-06-2010 07:11 PM

There are ways to make a bad dovetail jig into a good one. I had a cheap PC and made a table for it. Now it’s accurate and fast.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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