Brazilian Cherry Sideboard

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Project by Ampeater posted 03-01-2008 08:08 PM 3883 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to the forum and I thought that it was time to show one of my projects. I built this sideboard several years ago. This was my first project using Brazilian Cherry. I designed the sideboard myself. I used loose mortise and tenon joints. It is finished with wipe-on poly.

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 08:14 PM

Nice-looking table the design is very nice and you did good job on the box joints on the drawer. How wide is the top?

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 09:33 PM

This is a nice table. The box joints and drawer pulls add interesting elements to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 10:41 PM

Very pretty piece! How did you cut the box joints for the drawers-table saw fixture? router? by hand?
I’ve heard that Brazilian Cherry can be tough on cutting tools-did you find that to be the case?

-- Gerry

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 10:51 PM

Very nice looking piece. I too am curious how you found working with Brazilian Cherry was?

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

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#5 posted 03-01-2008 11:30 PM

Love that Brazilian Cherry, just wipe on poly? Is it really that red without help Wow, it is gorgeous and the job you did on the top is fantastic. Got to get me some of this cherry [smile]

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 03-02-2008 12:21 AM

Thanks for the nice comments.
The top is 16-1/2” x 48. I cut the Box joints on the table saw.

The Brazilian cherry is very tough on the tools. I had to get the saw blade sharpened after the table was complete.

The finish was that red when it was first completed. It has darkened quite a bit since it was done. I like the color so much that I just installed a Brazilian Cherry hardwood floor in the dining room and great room.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#7 posted 03-02-2008 02:49 AM

The color is absolutely stunning. Nice work.

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#8 posted 03-02-2008 03:31 AM

beautiful piece, nice grain selection

welcome to lumberjocks

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#9 posted 03-02-2008 02:01 PM

dang..this is awesome
Welcome to LJ

Beautiful beautiful creation

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#10 posted 03-02-2008 02:25 PM


I agree with your comments about the bc hardwood floor. I put in about 1000 sq feet and went through two saw blades doing it. It is about double the hardness of white oak but it works well.

My wife likes to rearrange the furniture just for the sake of change. The first time she moved the family room furniture she was surprised to see the furniture shadows on the floor where light had not darkened the floor. BC is after all cherry and this is perfectly normal. Now she has an excuse to continually be moving the furniture in an attempt to even up the coloring of the floor.

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

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#11 posted 03-02-2008 08:15 PM

Beautiful piece looking forward to seeing more of your work. Great job!

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#12 posted 03-03-2008 06:04 AM

Nice work…it’s not the easiest wood to work with!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 07-25-2008 06:49 PM

Very nice looking piece.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#14 posted 12-01-2008 08:29 AM

Excellent table design and craftsmanship !!! That table must weigh a ton !

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#15 posted 04-27-2012 10:35 PM

I’m new to lumberjocks too, but i haven’t made anything yet to post. I really like this table. I wanted to build this for my kitchen as a prep area/dishtowel storage/large pot holder and what ever else we can put on it (my sister is a chef). Great job!!

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