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Project by jack1 posted 546 days ago 947 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The reason for the title is that I bought this piece of mahogany over 12 years ago and it’s been living rent free in my wood storage since then. I actually found this piece of wood a year before I bought it at a lumber yard I didn’t normally use (Meeks) in Elk Grove CA. It has since closed.
As I said I saw it left, and went back a year later and found that the board was still there. It was knot free and straight as an arrow. 7 1/8” x 3/4” x 96” of really nice mahogany (not sure which variety). The asking price was $83. I cornered the manager and said he should give me a deal to take it off his hands since it had been gathering dust all this time. He thought about it for about 15 seconds and said, $40 take it or leave it.
Yes, I was “Quick Draw McGraw” with my wallet and drove home with it. Put it up on an overhead storage in my shop and left it there for 12 years… You know the “I’ll make something out of it someday soon”, syndrom. Still don’t know what it’ll be used for but it is built.
I used pocket screws that I concealed with home made plugs cut from a mahagony scrap, rabbeted a back for an 1/8” panel and used Minwax natural stain. I used a rare earth magnet to keep the door closed and a neat brass fish knob! I’m thinking of using a varathane clear or satin finish.
It measures, 6 1/2×12 x 16 3/8 inches with one adjustable shelf.
Hope you don’t wait 12 years on your favorite wood!
Jack ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 546 days ago

It was worth the wait Jack !
Nice job.
That’s a beauty !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 546 days ago

Man thats nice… I would have been a nervous wreck routing as nice a piece of wood as that one is. Fantastic job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 546 days ago

Nice cabinet.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 546 days ago

Very nice cabinet. Love that grain. Make me want to start using some of my oldish wood stored.

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#5 posted 546 days ago

Your patience is well rewarded. Very nice job.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT

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#6 posted 546 days ago

Neat cabinet! I got you beat, my wife’s blanket chest is over 14 years waiting and still counting.
I’m liking the magnetic latches more all the time, clean and small.
Good to see a new project. Catch ya later,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 546 days ago


A nice cabinet, and a great story to go with it! I certainly can’t compete with your or BTKS’s timeframe there, as my wife’s bookcases have only been waiting about 3-years. And yes, I too have most of the wood for them, some of it has even been rough-cut. Maybe one of these days….

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 546 days ago

Nice work, Jack.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 546 days ago

looks great

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#10 posted 546 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys.
Maybe we should start a new “AAA”, you know, “Atrophied Attention Anonomous” for those who postpone for reasons unknown…



-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 545 days ago

A nice find like that just beggs to be brought home and stored for a few years before you turn it into something nice….and a hardy “me too” on the antique woodworker reference.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 545 days ago

That came out great. I have a similar story; I once took all the hardwood out of a sofa I was throwing away and kept it for 15 years before using it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 545 days ago

How cheap would that piece be if you waited to buy it until you were ready for it? Of course they closed so its a good thing you got it when you could…

Either way, beautiful result.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 545 days ago


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 540 days ago

good use of that mahogany, Jack…..........nice cabinet!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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