Cherry box

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Project by Douger posted 09-28-2011 08:21 AM 2150 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my mother passed away, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, my father remarried (at the age of 77!), and one of the first things he did for his bride was make all-new bedroom furniture from some wild cherry he had been storing in the garage for many years. (One of these days I’ll get him on LJ and get him to post some photos :-)

He gave me some scraps from those projects, and when my stepmother recently retired from her position as associate pastor at their church, I decided to make her a box from that same wood. I resawed the cherry on my table saw, planed it the rest of the way to about a quarter-inch thick, added a thin bottom made of some hickory I salvaged from an old drawer-front, and hinged the lid with a couple of brass pins.

I applied a coat of boiled linseed oil, followed by a couple of coats of wipe-on polyurethane. Although it isn’t shown in these photos, I lined the bottom with black velvet.

(She was pleased :-)

Thanks for taking a look.


-- Doug, Kansas,

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 11:48 AM

Wonderful grain! You did a nice job.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 01:19 PM

A well thought out and well constructed gift.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 02:39 PM

Nice elegant box there.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 02:44 PM

Very nice,great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 03:37 PM

Nice Box, clean and elagant letting Nature take a front set, She will treasure this always, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 04:14 PM

Beautiful box. Clean, simple, and finished well. I just received 9ft of brass rod and am about to take on the same project. Only hoping mine turn out half as well as yours.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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