Mahogany Dresser

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Project by Brett StClair posted 08-09-2009 08:57 AM 2056 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood – African Mahogany with Sapele Veneer Panels and drawer fronts.

Veneer Substrate and drawer boxes are made with 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood except on the drawer fronts where I used wiggle wood (flexible plywood) shaped to a curved substrate and then veneer applied using the vaccuum setup shown in the photos. Props to Joe Woodworker ( for the vaccuum parts kit and very nice veneer products.

For those interested the vaccuum parts kit cost about $100 plus another $20ish for additional parts required. This cost does not include the vinyl bags or veneer toos (saw, glue, roller, etc) It performs every bit as good as the commercial vaccuum systems and costs 1/4 to 1/3 of the price.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 11:52 AM

Oh my. Not much else I can think to say.


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#2 posted 08-09-2009 03:46 PM

Outstanding dresser

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 03:49 PM

Wow!Thats some fantastic veneer.You really did a nice job on this.Thanks for the vacuum info too.

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

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#4 posted 08-09-2009 04:06 PM

Very nice. I see you also use a joewoodworker venturi system. And for the record it’s sapele, not sepele.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 08-09-2009 04:21 PM

Great looking dresser and vacuum system

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#6 posted 08-09-2009 05:04 PM

The color is dark and rich; the construction looks solid. Everything you want in fine furniture.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#7 posted 08-09-2009 05:30 PM

welcome to lumber jocks …great posting

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

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#8 posted 08-09-2009 05:43 PM

The bar is set pretty high for your first project. Can’t wait to see the next one.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#9 posted 08-09-2009 05:50 PM

Very nice. It looks great

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#10 posted 08-09-2009 06:05 PM


-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 08-09-2009 07:19 PM

Very nicely done, I just love the veneer. I built the exact vacuum press from Joe Woodworker and it works great.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 08-09-2009 08:15 PM

Thats a beautiful dresser.

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#13 posted 08-09-2009 09:05 PM

Beautiful, you’ve build yourself a nice heirloom…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 08-09-2009 09:06 PM

Outstanding job on this project !

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#15 posted 08-09-2009 11:19 PM


-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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