Arts and Crafts Display Cabinet with Harvey Ellis Stained Glass

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Project by EarlS posted 01-21-2016 02:10 AM 1942 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started intermittently working on an Arts and Crafts display cabinet I saw in one of my old Fine Woodworking magazines (April 2010) last summer. Shortly after I started the project I saw Randy’s (Revansom11) version with some killer custom glass which got me to thinking about how I could do something a little more interesting than just wood or plain glass panels in the doors.

I did some searching on the internet for stained glass specialists in the local area. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the Midwest’s premier restoration glass shops was in the Quad Cites (IA). I called Alex at Glass Heritage and we set up a meeting. I took a Harvey Ellis Onion inlay that I had with me to the meeting and asked if they could match it with stained glass. We looked at some colored glass and decided on a red medallion, with a black ring and light brown for the shaft. The rest of the glass is seed glass (little bubbles and imperfections). We shook hands, I paid my deposit and went home to make a cabinet that would be worthy of their glass.

I mostly followed the plans for the cabinet, using cherry for the cabinet and adding some 1/4” walnut plugs in homage to the Greene brothers. I brought out the richness in the cherry with some Watco cherry Danish oil and then sprayed everything with polyurethane, sanded between coats and finished off with some 2000 grit wet paper and Behlens Deluxing Compound (amazing stuff!!!). That was just after Thanksgiving. Then I waited.

Last week Alex emailed pictures of the glass and said the panes would be ready for pickup today. I drove down, picked them up, drove home, installed them in the doors, took pictures, and now I am posting the project. Yeah I was kind of excited and amazed by how well the glass turned out and how amazing the cabinet looks with them. This was a wood project but the glass is the real star. Thanks to Alex and the folks at Glass Heritage for making a masterpiece.

Yes – those are my helpers in the cabinet picture. Charlie and Linus.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 02:16 AM


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#2 posted 01-21-2016 11:36 PM

That is a great looking Ellis cabinet! The woodwork is great, and the glasswork is outstanding! Lucky you getting to have that in your home and drooling over it every day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 01-22-2016 02:16 PM

As an Arts and Crafts aficionado,woodworker and a glass artist, I think this is a wonderful example of of all those disciplines. Great job!


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#4 posted 01-22-2016 02:21 PM

unique and wonderful.

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#5 posted 01-22-2016 04:54 PM

Great project, love the details.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-22-2016 05:05 PM

Wow! It’s a very nice cabinet. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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