End Table/Chest For My Mother In Law

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Project by gfadvm posted 12-30-2013 01:11 AM 2528 views 20 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My MIL saw the bamboo chests I made for the granddaughters and asked if I could do one for her to use between two chairs. She also asked for different woods. Top, drawer bodies, and “case” are Jatoba. Drawer fronts are some unusual Arkansas Black Cherry I sawed. Dimensions are 2’x2’ x 20” tall. Finish is rubbed on shellac. I’ll try to add some close ups of the drawer fronts as I really liked that black cherry board! Thanks to Benji Reyes for the inspiration for this design.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 01:16 AM

I think that this piece will look nicer when the Jatoba and the Black Cherry age/darken some. Hope this is what she wants as she is a special lady!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 01:18 AM

a really nice piece andy, that design that came from Benji is one that will always be a favorite, and that way you have used it here just keeps it out there and fresh, ill bet she loves it .

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 01:20 AM

Very nice work. Loved seeing it live when I was there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 01:23 AM

Very nice indeed. Am I correct in seeing that the drawers are sliding on the side frames or are there slides there?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 01:24 AM

Dave, Pic #5 shows the wooden drawer slides.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 01:25 AM

Yup, gotta agree….
Love the drawer fronts!!!

There is no way MIL won’t love it too!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 01:29 AM

Well done Andy. Turned out great. I’m confused on the Black Cherry….you just got your sawmill this fall right? Or were you using the bandsaw prior to that? Either way, it looks good. Great gift.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 01:45 AM

Great work Andy! I love the drawer fronts also. That wood is simply beautiful!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 12-30-2013 01:47 AM

Beautiful !..... The shellac finish really enhances the beauty of that black cherry !....Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 12-30-2013 01:47 AM

That is beautiful Andy! Great finish and beautiful wood contrast! I bet the MIL loved it!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#11 posted 12-30-2013 01:47 AM

Nice, Gfad!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#12 posted 12-30-2013 02:02 AM

I have never seen anything that looks like this.
I love the way you see the joinery.
Wonderful Andy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 12-30-2013 02:07 AM


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#14 posted 12-30-2013 02:14 AM

Nice project , Andy : )
Happy New Year !

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#15 posted 12-30-2013 02:24 AM

Beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing this great piece.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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