jatoba sofa base

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Project by MarcInAylmerQC posted 01-02-2009 03:36 PM 1621 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sofa jatoba base I was commisioned to build in the summer of 2008 for customers who wanted to fit some fancy Tunisian cushions. The largest section is 11 feet long, the smallest is 4 feet long.


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#1 posted 01-02-2009 04:04 PM

I am trying to figure out the third picture. What is it?

Nice bit of carpentry.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 09:39 PM

i love the wood…i too was trying to figure out the 3rd picture too—-i am assuming that is part of the base without the cushions yet…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 11:38 PM

very nice, clean looking project. really like the wood choice. I’m with the others on the third pic. I vote for a coffee table.

-- F.Little

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 11:59 PM

looks nice. Jatoba is a great wood and holds up well. You will find some darkening if you don’‘t use a good UV protection in the finish.

Nice work

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 01-03-2009 03:00 PM


sorry to cause some confusion. I guess I felt lazy yesterday and didn’t explain all the pictures I posted. Must be all the food I ate over the holidays!

In the picture is a coffee table to match the sofa set. It’s to be used a storage for DVDs. They fit under the top standing up.

Thanks for your interest.

Marc in Aylmer, Qc


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#6 posted 01-03-2009 05:44 PM

beautiful, Marc
the wood is stunning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-03-2009 06:24 PM

Very nice job Marc.What a great idea for entertaining.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 08:06 PM

Marc, this is a really nice piece of furniture. Is the floor brazillian cherry as well? Sometimes it is a little difficult to determine coloring with photos but it looks pretty close to me. I am sure that you found bc to be hard on your saw blades, I know that I have. I enjoy working with it but always make sure I have a sharp blade handy.

How did you finish this piece?

Nice post.

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

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 03:13 PM

Hi Scott,

The flooring is not brazilian cherry: it is a laminate flooring. These sofas were installed in a basement. You’re right about brazilian cherry being hard on blades. I had to get them sharpened immediately after these projects, they were very dull. The finish for the sofa on the right (the one with a rug in the picture) is four coats of tung oil and brown paste wax. The other and the coffee table is finished with circa 1850 paste varnish and paste wax. I’ll never use that varnish again: I didn’t like it at all, it’s so sticky it leaves streaks and marks.

Thanks for the comments
Marc in Aylmer, Qc


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#10 posted 02-15-2011 09:10 PM

reminds me diy sofa

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