Jatoba Book Cases

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Project by tim0001 posted 12-29-2011 09:45 PM 1877 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These book cases are Jatoba (Brailian Cherry). I found a large stack of the lumber at a guy in St Louis that reclaims wood from old buildings. This lumber was shipping crates. It was all rough cut and I had to remove nails and fill holes etc but it is great looking wood. I made the center cabinet and liked it so muh I made two more. This was my first attempt at solid doors vs frame and panel. The wood does move a lot and the gap in the center is perfect in summer and a bit gapped in winter. I used quarter colums on the center piece and half spirals on the outer ones. The inside shelfs and back are cherry. Finish is tung oil. The door pulls are kauri. The Jatoba to rather hard and chips out easy when planning so I have to take very shallow passes. I think I spent as much time making usable lumber as I did making the pieces.

-- TimV

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 09:52 PM

Wow Tim this is a fantastic unit,great job.


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#2 posted 12-29-2011 10:38 PM

Shiiping crates, did you say shipping crates …. OMGosh!! That’s a lot of work, but the result is just fantasic. Since they were just shipping crates, did he give you the wood? Are these from your design? They really are dy-no-mite!


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 02:14 AM

whatever time you spent making usable lumber was well worth the effort, those are stunning, and from reclaimed wood no less…....amazing!

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 02:26 AM



I mean … WOW !

Drop dead gorgeous !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 02:37 AM

Truly spectacular, you should be really proud of that one

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 03:37 AM

These cabinets must weigh a ton!! Very nice!!!!

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 06:18 AM


More truly fabulous work!


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#8 posted 12-30-2011 11:59 AM

I just love Jatoba! Great work a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 04:30 AM

Thank you for giving old wood a new life . . . beautiful heirloom pcs!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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