Jatoba Brazillian Cherry small dresser

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Project by tturner posted 01-07-2013 12:04 AM 7638 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this dresser today. The frame and drawer fronts are all Brazilian Cherry from the same Two pieces of wood. I got the idea out of wood magazine and altered the dimensions to make it about 30% larger. This project has a few new firsts for me. It’s the first time I’ve ever done half blind dovetails. And I will probably do them from now on. It is also the first time I’ve ever used a wipe on poly finish. I used general finishes, semi gloss, wipe on poly. It is the arm r seal. I love this stuff but the tung oil under is another story….I love the tung oil look and smell but it it takes forever for all the oils to weep out, but it just may be worth it because i love the reddish brown it gives the Jatoba. My wife needed a piece for her dressing area and this seemed to fit the bill so it’s hers. Tell me what you think. It’s my first piece of nice furniture. Yes, it’s extremely heavy!!

-- I'm him

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 01:12 AM

Looks awesome

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 01:40 AM

Beautiful cabinet. I love the way jatoba looks, and I can just imagine how heavy it is.

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 02:34 AM

About 8 years ago I built a sideboard for the dining room. The Brazilian Cherry gets better looking every year. It started out looking like your dresser, but now is a much darker burgundy color. I liked it so much that I have put in a Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor in the dining room and living room.

I suppose that you have noticed that your tools have to be sharpened after using them on that Brazilian Cherry.

Nive design and implementation/

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 04:48 AM

Very nice piece. Well done.

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 08:03 AM

A really nice piece of furniture, looks great!
Thank you for sharing.

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 08:18 AM

Great dresser, well done. I like the breadboard ends!

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 02:41 PM

Very nicely done. Good choice of woods and design. If you thin the tung oil to 50% with mineral spirits for your first coat and about 75% for the second and full strength for the third (if you want that many coats), it will set up quicker and weep out of the wood less. Give it a couple of days between coats and before your choice of the
final top coat.

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 02:25 AM

A very nice piece of furniture…your wife must be very pleased!

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 02:29 PM

Great looking dresser! Beautiful wood and finish. Like every detail of it.


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#10 posted 01-09-2013 02:37 PM

Added to my favorites

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