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Project by SteveAltman posted 02-25-2020 05:40 AM 803 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes I make small cabinets. This one is a display cabinet for a collection of divers’ watches. The customer wanted spaces for 24 watches plus areas for the tools and supplies he uses to maintain the collection.

The cabinet has a hinged top with a glass insert. The top area has room for 12 watches. And there’s two cubby areas which have a total of four cubbies (two on each side, sitting one above the other under a lift-off lid.) The top drawer has space for another 12 watches plus another cubby area. The second drawer is essentially empty but has a sliding tray for small parts.

It’s made of Swiss pear, crotch walnut, boxwood, and curly maple (cubbies). The finish, as you would expect, given the title, is french polish. I very rarely do that kind of finish but for this job it seemed appropriate.

This was done in 2018.

The watches shown are not the customer’s, they’re mine. His are a hell of lot more valuable…





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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 02-25-2020 09:17 AM

Wow. If it wasnt obvious to anyone before with your last few posts, it is certainly obvious here, that you are a perfectionist of the highest order. Dali once said that perfection was not attainable so one shouldnt bother trying. I disagree, and you proved him wrong here for sure. So many things to comment on, dovetails for days, the really fine addition of the brass striping inlays, the design of the drawer fronts, those small corbels tying the base of the legs into the carcass. My most favorite detail is the way you did the pulls for the top two pull-out lids, that is just awesome, and totally unnecessary, which defines the level of your thinking.

Pear wood is a nice wood to work, but like cherry, it doesnt like router bits.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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mafe

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#2 posted 02-25-2020 10:26 AM

What an amazing level of detail.
Really impressed with your skills.
Respect.
Swiss pear, yes what else, for a watch collection.
Smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Clarkhus

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#3 posted 02-25-2020 11:25 AM

What more can be said. Fantastic work!

-- Clark

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swirt

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#4 posted 02-25-2020 02:12 PM

Very beautiful. Well done.

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

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 02-25-2020 02:47 PM

This kind of work is way beyond my skill level and I just haven’t the right words to match the quality so I’ll just sit here in AWE !1

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 02-25-2020 05:18 PM

A thief may steal it for the box and get the watches as a bonus.
I hope you charged enough for all the craftsmanship you put into it.

-- James E McIntyre

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 02-25-2020 08:03 PM

Super nice piece of work here. Asian enough to make you stop to look, functional enough after you stopped to look you kinda say dayummmmm. Interiors of boxes need to have a use, and you took that and ran with it.

Then you went and French polished it, jeesh. How many hours would you guess?

Excellent.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Peteybadboy

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#8 posted 02-25-2020 10:06 PM

Man this is awsome! I can’t say more. This is art.

-- Petey

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SteveAltman

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#9 posted 02-26-2020 02:08 AM



Wow. If it wasnt obvious to anyone before with your last few posts, it is certainly obvious here, that you are a perfectionist of the highest order. Dali once said that perfection was not attainable so one shouldnt bother trying. I disagree, and you proved him wrong here for sure. So many things to comment on, dovetails for days, the really fine addition of the brass striping inlays, the design of the drawer fronts, those small corbels tying the base of the legs into the carcass. My most favorite detail is the way you did the pulls for the top two pull-out lids, that is just awesome, and totally unnecessary, which defines the level of your thinking.

Pear wood is a nice wood to work, but like cherry, it doesnt like router bits.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

I don’t know what to say about perfection, but thanks for a very generous comment.

The little molding isn’t brass, it’s boxwood. Just looks like brass in the photo. Actually, probably should be brass but I wouldn’t know how to do that.

Pear really is a nice wood to work with – it’s very versatile. I use it quite a bit.

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SteveAltman

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#10 posted 02-26-2020 02:19 AM



What an amazing level of detail.
Really impressed with your skills.
Respect.
Swiss pear, yes what else, for a watch collection.
Smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

- mafe

Thanks for the kind words.

I laughed when you mentioned the connection between Swiss pear and Swiss watches. Never occurred to me. Maybe I’ll point that out to the owner.

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SteveAltman

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#11 posted 02-26-2020 02:30 AM



A thief may steal it for the box and get the watches as a bonus.
I hope you charged enough for all the craftsmanship you put into it.

- James E McIntyre

That’s a fanciful idea but, having some idea of what the watches are worth, hardly likely.

Appreciate the sentiment, though.

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SteveAltman

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#12 posted 02-26-2020 02:40 AM



Super nice piece of work here. Asian enough to make you stop to look, functional enough after you stopped to look you kinda say dayummmmm. Interiors of boxes need to have a use, and you took that and ran with it.

Then you went and French polished it, jeesh. How many hours would you guess?

Excellent.

- therealSteveN

I appreciate the comment.

My “time spent” records are notoriously inaccurate, if they exist at all. When anyone asks how many hours a job took my standard answer is “Too many!”.

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mafe

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#13 posted 02-27-2020 12:01 AM

;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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JimInNM

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#14 posted 03-02-2020 11:40 PM

From the design to the finish it is just marvelous workmanship. If I could ever accomplish this level of skill, the project would never leave my house. Love it..

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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SteveAltman

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#15 posted 03-03-2020 12:01 AM

Very nice of you to say that. Thanks!

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