Jatoba ( AKA Brazilian Cherry ) jewelry box

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Project by Madmark2 posted 03-08-2017 06:46 PM 2371 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commission piece done by my shop partner Jim ( AKA RamMan ) all in jatoba. The drawers are 1/8” stock into 1/16” rabbets and dados. The main box is 1/4” stock. There are over 75 (we lost count) wooden pieces. There is no metal in the structure except a pair of pin hinges and the magnet catch and washer.

It took about 100 hrs to build, fit and finish.

If you’ve not worked with jatoba ( AKA Brazilian Cherry ) it is a very dense, hard and stable hard ‘hardwood’. You cannot nail it, it takes machine screws after being drilled & tapped first (I have broken taps trying to thread it!)

Finish is two coats of poly and finished with paste wax and buffed to a low luster.


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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 03-08-2017 06:57 PM

Very, very nice. I worked with some jatoba in a bed head. went a long ways in dulling my jointer blades.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 07:02 PM

Beautiful job and great finish. That lumber is tough on blades but well worth the finished product.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 08:13 PM

Great job, thanks for sharing. I have work a lot with JATOBÁ and i agree that is difficult work with , but also it is unique on the finish that you can accomplish.

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 10:28 PM

Great job! Jatoba is awesome … I used it on a prie dieu I built last year. I’ll bet that even with the thin pieces your jewelry box weights a ton! Again, good job!

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#6 posted 03-09-2017 03:34 PM

iooks great

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#7 posted 03-10-2017 09:07 PM

This is very nice and I love the wood and design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-10-2017 09:52 PM

I think its a little weird how half the grain runs left-right and the other half runs up-down.

100 hours? Yikes that’s a lot.

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