marblewood dresser valet

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Project by JoeinDE posted 01-07-2010 05:38 AM 1831 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this as a Christmas present for my brother-in-law. I resawed the 4/4 marblewood on my tablesaw since I don’t have a band saw, so I wasted a fair amount of wood even using a thin kerf rip blade on my TS.The dividers are some gummy cherry scrap that I had from the memory box I mad for this gift recipient’s daughter. The final surfacing was all done with card scarpers which work really well for putting a shiny smooth surface on marblewood. The finish is three coats of Zinnser bulls-eye shellac. I was going to get more creative with the feet (mortise them so that the box corner would sit down a quarter inch, but I couldn’t figure out an easy way to mortise the feet after I had cut them. I also didn’t want to blunt my chisels again on some marblewood, having already done that when playing around with the wood once I received it. The bottom is ply with a sheet of self-adhesing felt.

My brother-in-law liked it enough that I will probably make my other brother-in-law something similar next year.

As always comments and critiques are more than welcome.


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#1 posted 01-07-2010 06:03 AM

Nicely done. I don’t have a bandsaw (yet) and I have considered resawing on my table saw. First I would need to make a jig to do that, I think… but I keep hesitating due to the loss of wood.

I can see why your brother-in-law was happy with it. Fortunately, my brother-in-law was satisfied with a sanding block.

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 06:16 AM

You did a fine job on this. I especially notice that you matched the boards at the corners so that you have a nice flow of the grain pattern. Very nice work.

What’s marble wood? Where does it come from. I’ve never heard of it. It sure is pretty!

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 03:29 PM

SEE – thanks. I got the marblewood from Chit’s Exotic Wood Cache via ebay. They currently have some if you are interested.
According to the reference I use
it is a South American wood that is farely rare (which is why I was loathe to resaw it on my tablesaw). It is quite hard (comparable to purpleheart in my experience) and it forms a very smooth surface while it is blunting your edges :-)


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#4 posted 01-07-2010 04:13 PM

Hey Joe,

Thanks so much for the info and source for this beautiful wood. If it’s comparable in hardness to PH that tells me it’s hard. PH is as hard as Chinese arithmetic, in my experience!

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