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Mahogany 9 Drawer Cabinet (?)

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Project by Bill Huffman posted 05-16-2020 01:41 PM 1490 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small project I made from some 100+ year old Mahogany scraps I found at a garage sale. I only know this as the retired gentlemen was also a woodworker, and showed me an article on the table he made 40+ years earlier from the original Mahogany purchased in New Orleans for the project.

I used Poplar for the drawer bodies, Ebony for the drawer pulls, and some old straight-grain Fir for the backing. The dovetailed case was all hand cut, but I did use jigs, (shown) I built for all the Half-blind dovetailed drawers. Finish is wipe-on poly (4 coats), and 5 coats Renaissance wax.

This is a pretty small project, only 25-1/4” tall, 8-1/2” wide, and 11-1/8” deep. Each drawer is only 1-15/16th” high. The design is all mine, I just had to work with what I had.

I imagined it as an artists cabinet for pens, and other drawing tools.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.





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dewoodwork

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#1 posted 05-16-2020 01:55 PM

Love that! Nice work.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 05-16-2020 02:05 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 05-16-2020 02:17 PM

Mr. Huffman, this small project is worthy of more accolades than I have in my storage bin so I hope other’s take a look and share.
I find it to be an outstanding cabinet both in design and appearance – waaaay beyond my feeble skills.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of furniture

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 05-16-2020 02:33 PM

Handsome cabinet! Love mahogany.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Bill Huffman

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#5 posted 05-16-2020 02:35 PM

Thanks everyone, this was a great project and one I definitely will keep in my “build it again” file when I find the right wood.

This is one of those projects with so many limitations, it sort of forced the design, as I only had short 8/4” cut-offs to work with, so I had to re-saw, and plane them to thickness, then book-match the parts for the case. The longest parts I had to start with were 27 inches long, so I had to set up rails for my planer to prevent tear out and gouging.

Like most woodworkers, the more limitations I have on a project, the more interesting it turns out, and is lots more challenging/fun to build.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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leafherder

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#6 posted 05-16-2020 05:28 PM

This small cabinet deserves a big round of applause. Great job! With a nice lining in the drawers that would make a beautiful jewelry/watch cabinet or a chest to store sterling silver table settings. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 05-16-2020 05:56 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 05-16-2020 06:03 PM

Great cabinet. And very nice looking shop.

-- Pax - Maryland

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Bill Huffman

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#9 posted 05-16-2020 06:03 PM

One thing I forgot to mention, I purchased the mahogany scraps for this for $40, and the original gentleman that sold it to me owns the cabinet today.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#10 posted 05-16-2020 06:15 PM

It’s a beautiful cabinet, and you’re right – it has 9 drawers, so what’s the question?

-- "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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Bill Huffman

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#11 posted 05-16-2020 06:21 PM

Thanks, my shop is where I spend my entire day.

Here are shots of the different sort of zones for work:

Bench and Handwork corner

Storage corner

Metal work corner

Model building corner

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Bill Huffman

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#12 posted 05-16-2020 06:25 PM

Hi OldTool,

I was unsure if this had a name other than just a cabinet.

My father was in the printing business for many years, and they had a cabinet called a “Turtle” that had huge but short drawers for holding news print and pictures. Each drawer was 40 inches wide, 40 inches deep and about 1.5 inches tall.

Thats part of the image I had when building it, but as I am not a pro woodworker, I don’t know what the standard names for things are.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#13 posted 05-16-2020 06:27 PM

Absolute beauty to look at, really fine little details make this a show not to be missed.

Was it all done with hand tools, and are those drawer fronts bowed?

-- Think safe, be safe

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Bill Huffman

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#14 posted 05-16-2020 06:35 PM


Absolute beauty to look at, really fine little details make this a show not to be missed.

Was it all done with hand tools, and are those drawer fronts bowed?

- therealSteveN

Hi Steve,

Yes to hand and power tools; Hand tools for cutting the dovetails and truing up everything, router and jig to cut the half blind’s in the drawer faces.

I think the curved faces break up the angular parts of the rest of it. I also grew up with a round “depression furniture” corner table of my grandmothers and it had a single drawer with a curved front. I guess it made an impression.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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RCCinNC

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#15 posted 05-16-2020 08:07 PM

Alright Bill…first you had me at the lamp. Now this!? Exquisite work.
You just got yourself another Lumberjocks “stalker”.

Nice of you to share your shop space with Leonardo and the Wright brothers. ; )

Looking forward to further creations!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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