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Project by molarman posted 03-18-2008 01:43 AM 4149 views 14 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this a couple of days ago. This chest is mostly jatoba with quilted maple doors, wenge handles and ebony drawer pulls. There were a couple of “firsts” for me on this project. The my first use of knife hinges. These were surprisingly easy to install. It was also the first use of my Leigh jig. Lots of fun.

Comments welcome.

-- Woodworking is not a's a joinery !!!

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 01:47 AM

Wow you did a fantastic job.

-- Billp

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 01:51 AM

that is a very cool cabinet, nice work!
I have a leigh jig. I really need to practice using it more, it’s a shame how much dust it collects…
This cabinet is definately inspiring.

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 02:21 AM

wow thats a very nice cabinet. i love the look of the jatoba and maple together. great job.

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#4 posted 03-18-2008 02:26 AM

molarman is that your own design? If so how did you come up with the poportions of the legs? The cabinet looks great, the legs were the first thing to catch my eye. Once again beautiful work.

-- F.Little

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-18-2008 02:56 AM

This is a very nice piece. Maple and cherry are my favorite combinations. The wenge handles and ebony pulls add nice contrasts to the piece as well.

How did you finish it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-18-2008 03:19 AM

Very cool project. I like your choice of materials and techniques.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 03:33 AM

looks like a big tooth ! wonderful …. exceptional wookmanship

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 03-18-2008 03:35 AM

I like it! There are a lot of unique features to this table that make it stand out. I think the term ‘eye catching’ has already been used but it’s worth repeat’n. Great Job, thanks for sharing.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#9 posted 03-18-2008 03:47 AM

Another stunning piece, Doc! You do some amazing work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 03-18-2008 05:48 AM

Wow – this is one of those projects that makes me smile. That wood is really nice, the design is awesome and the execution is spectacular – another great project Doc.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 03-18-2008 07:05 AM

Man, that thing is great. I love those spider legs!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 03-18-2008 12:53 PM


-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#13 posted 03-18-2008 01:00 PM

holy molar ! im a leg man and i think i found love ! lol awesome project

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#14 posted 03-18-2008 01:22 PM

Excellent. From the thumbnails I thought it was bigger. When I opened it I noticed the glasses on top. I like it better smaller.

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#15 posted 03-18-2008 04:55 PM

I’m examining those pictures for construction details, because it’s a beautiful piece that I want to learn from, but I also find it oddly creepy, like if I were stumbling to the bathroom in the middle of the night and bumped into it I’d beat the everloving daylights out of it because it just weirds me out in some primal way…

Gorgeous, but my own tastes would require something slightly less spidery for that leg curve… But I guess great craft and a strong emotional statement pretty much defines good art.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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