Jatoba Cabinet

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Project by BillGagnon posted 02-03-2009 07:23 PM 2596 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a copy of a cabinet that I took pictures of in Mexico. It is made with scrap Jatoba pallet wood.

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#1 posted 02-03-2009 08:24 PM

Looks like a pretty true copy. And what a find to get pallet wood like that!

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 08:25 PM

Very nice! It looks like it could also be used as a bar. You did well in your adaptation!

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 08:34 PM

it is so beautiful.

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 08:53 PM

well done.

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 08:54 PM

The use of scrap wood. I love it. Nice job

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#6 posted 02-04-2009 12:47 AM

Very nice cabinet Bill, I just wish the company I work for would get pallet’s made of Jatoba, just plain old oak that I sometimes use for firewood. Thanks for posting

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#7 posted 02-04-2009 12:59 AM

Hi could you explain whats a jatoba?Alistair

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#8 posted 02-04-2009 01:12 AM

Jatoba is a wood from Brazil also called Brazilian cherry.

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#9 posted 02-04-2009 02:15 PM

This is a really nice piece, Bill. Jatoba is such a gorgeous wood that it is almost sacrilegious to use it simply for pallets. But you did a wonderful job of salvaging the wood and transforming it into a gorgeous piece of furniture. It is a beautiful wood to work with but it is hard on sawblades and chisels.

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#10 posted 02-05-2009 06:16 PM

The cabinet is really nice. It does have a mexican flare.
Did you do all the carving?
What finish did you apply ?

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