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Floating shelf with drawers and a ceruse finish

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 02-17-2019 06:42 PM 871 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this project I build a hanging wall cabinet that features 3 drawers and a ceruse finish made from walnut.
It has a little bit of this and a little bit of that. From veneering the top, to some fundamental cabinet building techniques to how to apply a ceruse finish.

If you want to see how its built here is a video of it.

Thanks,
Brian Benham

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com





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#1 posted 02-18-2019 12:11 AM

great shelf unit brian,i love the look of that finish technique you used.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-18-2019 02:54 AM

I like the shelf design and the handles you chose. That was an interesting finishing technique. I think I have to see it a few more times before it grows on me ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 02:58 AM



I like the shelf design and the handles you chose. That was an interesting finishing technique. I think I have to see it a few more times before it grows on me ;)

- swirt


Yeah, I wasn’t sure about the finish myself when the client asked about it, but after doing it and seeing it on the whole piece, I think it looks really good. But if it were in my house I’d just leave the walnut clear.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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#4 posted 02-18-2019 02:46 PM

I don’t dislike the finish, but I’m not sure I’d ever feel compelled to go to the trouble to achieve it, either. I think we’ve all held our nose at least once while we satisfied a client’s request.

I’m impressed that you appear to have used walnut even for the French cleats. I’ll confess I might have cut a corner there, but then again, walnut ain’t cheap in these parts. Also around here the board maximum width you might find in a lift of walnut tops out at about 7 inches.

Very nice build. I’m particularly impressed with the miters on the top.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 02-18-2019 03:58 PM



I don t dislike the finish, but I m not sure I d ever feel compelled to go to the trouble to achieve it, either. I think we ve all held our nose at least once while we satisfied a client s request.

I m impressed that you appear to have used walnut even for the French cleats. I ll confess I might have cut a corner there, but then again, walnut ain t cheap in these parts. Also around here the board maximum width you might find in a lift of walnut tops out at about 7 inches.

Very nice build. I m particularly impressed with the miters on the top.

- Calmudgeon


I don t dislike the finish, but I m not sure I d ever feel compelled to go to the trouble to achieve it, either. I think we ve all held our nose at least once while we satisfied a client s request.

I m impressed that you appear to have used walnut even for the French cleats. I ll confess I might have cut a corner there, but then again, walnut ain t cheap in these parts. Also around here the board maximum width you might find in a lift of walnut tops out at about 7 inches.

Very nice build. I m particularly impressed with the miters on the top.

- Calmudgeon


Thanks,
I agree on the walnut, in most. Cases I would use something cheaper. But since it was an off cut that was border line too narrow to use for other things I used it for the cleat.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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#6 posted 02-18-2019 04:04 PM

Nice project. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 02-18-2019 09:29 PM

Love to watch you work and you got a wonderful result Brian. I think the finish is stunning and really gives the piece a lot of character and elegance. I have gotten a similar effect on some oak turnings, but instead of paint I used a technique called ‘liming’ which was actually a white wax rubbed into the pores. That works well on oak as it has a more open grain than Walnut, so I think your choice of paint was the best choice in this instance as it can get into the tighter grain more easily.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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