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Bonnet Top Highboy in Genuine Mahogany

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Project by matt garcia posted 2268 days ago 6507 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is this years pride and joy! After I finished the Lowboy, I was ready for another challenge. I originally wanted to build another lowboy, in a different species, but started contemplating a Highboy. So I ordered the plan from New Yankee, and a set of legs, and here it is. Every aspect of this project was meticulously planned out. From the bookmatched side panels (upper case, and lower), to the one piece, 16” wide scroll board, to the bonnet moldings that originated from a solid piece of 12/4 Mahogany. The lower case is constructed exactly like the Lowboy, with the exception of the dust frame in lieu of the 2 piece top. The upper case is joined with through dovetails. The drawer dividers are dadoed, and dovetailed into the side panels. The bonnet top is formed with Italian bending plywood, and veneered with mahogany veneer. All of the drawers are rabbetted half blind/through dovetail joinery, in Aspen and faced in Mahogany. This is my first project to apply carving. The center of the scroll board, and the 2 middle drawers feature a carving. And a not too bad of a carving if I do say so myself. The finials were turned by Bruno Wesolek, the famed Houston woodturner (thanks, Bruno!!). Bruno loves this piece, and coming from him, it means a lot!! I went all out on the solid brass hardware on this piece also. I stared at a picture of a Highboy all summer, wondering if I could do it! I guess I can!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2268 days ago

Great looking Highboy!

I did the opposite and made the highboy first and then the lowboy. Mine are also made from mahogany.

Working with mahogany is great, huh?

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

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snowdog

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#2 posted 2268 days ago

That sure is something to be proud of. Congratulation.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Bradford

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#3 posted 2268 days ago

That is a beauty.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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tenontim

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#4 posted 2268 days ago

Great work, Matt. That is a beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for the post.

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trifern

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#5 posted 2268 days ago

Awesome craftsmanship, lumber choice and finish.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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mjlauro

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#6 posted 2268 days ago

Great stuff, this is what I aspire to. Thanks for the posts.

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pipes

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#7 posted 2268 days ago

Nice work Matt. Mahogany is nice looking wood and even nicer to work with

-- Larry...IF A MAN SPEAKS IN THE FOREST AND THERE'S NO WOMAN TO HEAR HIM, IS HE STILL WRONG ?

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jjohn

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#8 posted 2268 days ago

How long did it take for you to finish this one ? Must have taken some time. A lot of different challenges here. You do SO! very well with the carving seeing it was you first time. Great job. Well done.

-- JJohn

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Chris

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#9 posted 2268 days ago

Wow…. Very impressive work Matt. Did you use Genuine Mahagony?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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stanley2

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#10 posted 2268 days ago

Matt – very nice work – I’m trying to work up the courage to undertake a period piece – yours is inspirational

-- Phil in British Columbia

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cowboy

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#11 posted 2268 days ago

Wonderful piece Matt you should be very proud

Cowboy

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Kerry

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#12 posted 2268 days ago

Ahh, my dream project…. I love it. Must be a joy to have in your house.

Great job,
Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 2268 days ago

Beautiful highboy, has the look of a master carpenter. mike

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

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willwall

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#14 posted 2268 days ago

great !

What kind of finish did you use?

-- Enjoy life !!

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Kipster

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#15 posted 2268 days ago

Beautiful highboy Good choice of grain.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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