Curly Cherry and Cocobolo Dresser

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Project by jjraybur posted 04-06-2012 01:47 AM 5932 views 18 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dresser is made of cherry and cocobolo. The side panels are coco veneer, and the drawer fronts are curly cherry. I’ve been working on this on and off for awhile now, and ended up rushing myself in the end, as the drawers don’t fit as well as they should. The gap on the top middle drawer is driving me nuts, but will have to do for now since it was drawer number 2 for that spot. I love the look of the dresser, though I will construct the insides different next time as it not a model of drawer and web frame construction by any means.

-- Jeremy, Baton Rouge, LA -

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#1 posted 04-06-2012 03:07 AM

All I can say is LOVE IT! Really like the look of the curly cherry. If that drawer is bugging you to much PM me and I will give you my address so you don’t have to look at it every day :)

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#2 posted 04-06-2012 03:08 AM

That looks amazing! Well done. Nobody is the wiser as to the imperfections that drive us crazy.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 03:16 AM

Beautiful dresser. great design and beautiful wood. The beading around the drawers and sides is cool. I like the shape of the sides and the two bowties on the top holding theeh crack together adds additional interest.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 03:39 AM


The dresser is gorgeous! We really love the curly cherry. It’s got to be the loveliest cherry we’ve ever seen!

Thanks for sharing such a fine build.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 03:46 AM

I think the bowties are my favorite part. I tend to look for cracked lumber just so I can put some in….

-- Jeremy, Baton Rouge, LA -

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 03:49 AM

Awesome dresser, and very nice wood selection! Love the dutchman patches, nice!

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#7 posted 04-06-2012 06:05 AM

Nice job: If I may be just a bit critical though I would not have used a contrasting wood for the bowties, or I would have put a false set at the other end to balance the top out a bit. Thats just me though. My wife & I recently visited Egypt, and I seen where Bowties like yours were used to hold huge stone blocks together. Al Gore may have invented them. He invented the computer you know.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 07:36 AM

awesome! i like anything made from curly lumber, my two favorites are curly and birdseye maple. thanks for the share :)

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 10:54 AM

Beautiful choice of woods

Very nice design and workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 04-06-2012 11:40 AM

That’s beautiful! The cherry grain will distract anyone from ever seeing a gap on the second drawer.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 04-06-2012 11:43 AM

despite your concerns it is a very great looking piece. the curve of the legs, the arch in the base, and of course specatacular wood, make this a terrific dresser.

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#12 posted 04-06-2012 12:14 PM

A great looking dresser,your wood selection and design are out standing and you working looks excellent. As far as you concerns go about this piece ,we all know every little thing wrong with each project we make ,either we move on or go nuts :))


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#13 posted 04-06-2012 01:08 PM

Gorgeous in shape and such great woods. Maybe you should let it go through a full range of the seasons (just tell yourself that your doing a full humidity response test) to ameliorate the ‘Bugged” feeling about the drawer. Then you can tweak if it still makes you nuts.
I (and about anyone, in the trade or the general public) would be proud to have it in their home.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 04-06-2012 03:15 PM

Looked at all your projects. Varied and well done. This is no exception. Nice piece. When I was about 20 years younger spent a lot of time building and repairing houses on the side. A friend invited me to see her cabin in the wooods. she had built it herself. Two stories high, stone fire place, handmade tile. I’m looking in awe, and she says “of course youve noticed the problem in the upper right hand corner near the roof.” LOL! I said “maybe in time, but for now just let me enjoy this!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 04-06-2012 03:17 PM

I love it!!!

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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