Jatoba Book Cases

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Project by tim0001 posted 840 days ago 1036 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These book cases are Jatoba (Brailian Cherry). I found a large stack of the lumber at a guy in St Louis that reclaims wood from old buildings. This lumber was shipping crates. It was all rough cut and I had to remove nails and fill holes etc but it is great looking wood. I made the center cabinet and liked it so muh I made two more. This was my first attempt at solid doors vs frame and panel. The wood does move a lot and the gap in the center is perfect in summer and a bit gapped in winter. I used quarter colums on the center piece and half spirals on the outer ones. The inside shelfs and back are cherry. Finish is tung oil. The door pulls are kauri. The Jatoba to rather hard and chips out easy when planning so I have to take very shallow passes. I think I spent as much time making usable lumber as I did making the pieces.

-- TimV

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#1 posted 840 days ago

Wow Tim this is a fantastic unit,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 840 days ago

Shiiping crates, did you say shipping crates …. OMGosh!! That’s a lot of work, but the result is just fantasic. Since they were just shipping crates, did he give you the wood? Are these from your design? They really are dy-no-mite!


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 840 days ago

whatever time you spent making usable lumber was well worth the effort, those are stunning, and from reclaimed wood no less…....amazing!

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 840 days ago



I mean … WOW !

Drop dead gorgeous !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 840 days ago

Truly spectacular, you should be really proud of that one

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 840 days ago

These cabinets must weigh a ton!! Very nice!!!!

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#7 posted 840 days ago


More truly fabulous work!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 840 days ago

I just love Jatoba! Great work a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 839 days ago

Thank you for giving old wood a new life . . . beautiful heirloom pcs!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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