Cherry Storage Bench/Chest

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 07-07-2014 06:34 PM 4568 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks. Just finished this Cherry storage bench/chest that will live in an entryway for a previous client.

It’s solid Cherry with hand cut dovetails throughout, breadboard ends on lid with a brass piano hinge. Finish is tons of coats of Danish oil and paste wax (not yet added in these pics).

Quite a learning curve for me on this, and a few design details I’d like to revisit if given the opportunity. All in all, quite happy with it though.

Thanks for looking. Feedback and questions always welcome.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 06:45 PM

I really like it. Maybe this will be the inspiration I need to build one for the entry way. My wife has been gently reminding me that we need a place to store and put on\off our shoes.

You do very nice work, and all by hand! I do not think I will ever be able to master hand carved wood.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 06:54 PM

Nice! A very clean look to it.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 07:06 PM

Very nice job. I can’t imagine cutting all of that by hand. Great craftsmanship!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks guys. I do like the look of hand cut joinery better. But I’m not snobby about it. Mainly it’s just a matter of limited space and budget for big tools (like a dovetail jig) and the fact that I only build one piece at a time – I don’t think I would save a lot of time at this point having those things.

I think I spent about a day and a half dovetailing this thing. Hmmm. I guess a jig might have been faster after all.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 07:54 PM

Great looking work. I’d be proud to sit on it and take my shoes off.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 11:24 PM

Power tools are the Devil’s utensils!

Ah heck, I love my power tools (Satan worshiper!) but to me it’s more rewarding using hand tools, you really put yourself in the work.

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#7 posted 07-08-2014 04:17 AM

Awesome! Daily Top Three! Thanks guys.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 09:34 AM

Very nice piece. And I always think that cherry is a good choice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 03:37 PM

Now that is an impressive piece. Well done.

I like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 05:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 07-08-2014 06:29 PM

looks great

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#12 posted 07-08-2014 07:03 PM

Well done!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#13 posted 07-11-2014 02:29 AM

Yessir! That is some fine woodworking.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 03:53 PM

Love your work! And making your own dovetail joints….very nice!! I am still too lazy for that but after looking at your pieces I might give it a shot! Hopefully before I croak I can open a small furniture business too. Congrats on making a living doing what you love!

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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