Large 10 Drawer African Mahogany Dresser

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 07-11-2017 02:30 AM 1863 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fortunate enough to obtain a large amount of African Mahogany a while back.
I needed a large Dresser so I decided to make a nice one.
This piece took about a month to build; working on it when I could in our ridiculously hot Florida summer weather.
Management and I are working on air-conditioning the shop, but it isn’t in yet.

The case is dovetailed as are all the drawers.
I used a three-stage beading bit to accent the drawer edges and pulls.
The drawer bottoms are all tongue & groove oak for longevity and strength.
The drawers are made out of hard maple with mahogany fronts.
My daughter got me some excellent Kosta-Nova soft closing ball bearing drawer slides which work like a dream.
Wanting to accent the beautiful grain of this wood, I used Linseed Oil to preserve and protect the wood, and a top coat or two of water based Polyurethane.

The final measurements are 60” long, 22” deep, and 46” high.
It weighs a LOT.

I am very happy with how the piece turned out and hope that my great, great grandkids like it as well.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


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#1 posted 07-11-2017 03:04 AM

Wow!!! That looks great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 07-11-2017 03:08 AM

I love Mahogany! This is a beautiful and fine hand crafted dresser Eric! Nice dovetails together with all the other fine details should make this dresser last for many lifetimes. Nice work!

I hear you Eric.. ” ridiculously hot Florida summer weather.” Not to mention the humidity! I try to get some work done in the morning when it’s a bit cooler…. and try not to drip sweat on the wood! :(

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 07-11-2017 03:11 AM

That is Gorgeous!

You have every right to be happy with the results.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-11-2017 04:31 AM

I really like your attention to detail Eric. The dovetailed drawers are beautifully done. This is a great piece.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 07-11-2017 11:05 AM

Very nice work, mahogany looks great. Like the design very much.

-- andrek

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#6 posted 07-11-2017 11:15 AM


-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#7 posted 07-11-2017 11:20 AM

Real nice chest of drawers!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-11-2017 12:05 PM

Nice Shop. Beautiful wood. Pulls look bulky for my taste, but its not made for me…

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#9 posted 07-11-2017 12:11 PM

Beautiful piece of furniture, great build. I like the wood, fantastic subtle grain, and they way you continued the pattern across the drawers adds greatly to the beauty of this project. Very nice work, something to cherish as a family heirloom.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 07-11-2017 12:30 PM

Nice piece and professionally built and finished. Good job Eric.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#11 posted 07-11-2017 02:03 PM

That is one Beautiful Mahogany Dresser Eric.

-- Ed Port Republic

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#12 posted 07-11-2017 04:16 PM

Very nice piece! I like the look of the linseed oil/ water poly finish. How long did you let the linseed oil cure before you applied the poly?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 07-11-2017 05:30 PM

Hi Ron,
For a full day.
It was left in the shade on a hot day and it cured nicely in the one day.
Then I gave it a good rub down before proceeding.
Thank you for your kind comment.

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#14 posted 07-12-2017 03:25 AM

Excellent work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 07-12-2017 10:56 AM

Thanks for the info, Woodwrecker!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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