Matching mahogany highboy and lowboy Dresser

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Project by GaryK posted 06-25-2007 10:49 PM 14079 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This solid mahogany pair was made about 5 years apart. The highboy was made first. It was my first try at carving.
It is also the first piece of furniture I made.

The design came from a Fine Woodworking magazine. All drawers are dovetailed with solid oak sides and backs.
The finish is water based dye and poly. The magazine dresser was made from cherry. That’s a wood I have never used before.

The lowboy is just the bottom half of the highboy with a solid top. Thankfully I saved all the templates from the first project.

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

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#1 posted 06-25-2007 10:55 PM

Gary.. these are magnificent!!
When I was a young girl I had some doll furniture that looked a lot like these. I had long forgotten them until now…
You are extremely talented!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-26-2007 12:33 AM

Gary, these are beautiful. You are a very talented woodworker. I wouldn’t even dream of taking on a project like this.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 06-26-2007 12:38 AM

Great looking furniture Gary. Doers it require a stool to get to the top drawers of the Highboy?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 06-26-2007 03:39 AM

Amazing. What else can I say?

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

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#5 posted 06-26-2007 04:39 AM

What a great piece! If we could live another 200 years, I’m sure it will be treasured by someone in your family and they will be on Antiques Road Show finding out how much it is worth. $$$$$ They’ll have that, I think I’m going to pass out look on their face as they are told of the great quality and value that it holds.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 06-26-2007 04:43 AM

Hehe Os…I was thinking if I lived another 200 years I still wouldn’t be able to build this. Simply amazing crafstmanship Gary.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 06-26-2007 06:00 AM

Whoa! Just awesome, Gary!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 06-26-2007 08:27 AM

wow…those are amazing (again!!! the carving is perfect!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-27-2007 07:16 AM

VERY, VERY nice. You are a very talented woodworker and I say that with the utmost respect and appreciation of what you have made. I’m a woodworker, but i’m not in your league. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-27-2007 03:05 PM

Wow Gary! This work rates right up there with Norm Abrams’ New Yankee Workshop! Great job!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 07-14-2007 07:37 AM

again … very impressive work !!

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

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#12 posted 09-24-2007 03:14 PM

Gary this is outstanding! What a classy project to tackle and a great job you did too.Daunting for most of us…maybe someday.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 09-27-2007 12:43 AM

Andy – It’s really not that hard. It’s just a bunch of small jobs combined into one.

A box, some legs, and a lot of drawers. That’s about it.

You don’t have to do the carvings if you don’t want to.


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

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#14 posted 11-12-2007 03:55 PM


Wow, wonderful work. These take a lot of time to make but the end results are certainly worth it The carving is just gorgeous.

Congratulations on a job well done. I hope my next project can match this level of craftsmanship.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 02-20-2008 04:35 AM

That’s really nice Gary. Great job on both of them. What kind of poly did you use? Was it sprayed?

-- Mark

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