Bentzley Display Case

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Project by fishbone posted 03-29-2012 02:58 PM 2416 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build something for my Grandson when I saw this case that Craig Bentzley designed and built for a spread in Woodcraft’s magazine, and decided to try it.
Another member built this as well (Woodscrap) and did a great job, which Craig complimented. He may be more harsh when he sees mine.
I’m still looking for the tool in my shop that wasn’t used on this project. I was tested in this build.
One problem developed when planning the Tiger Maple. Massive chip-out occurred, even with new blades. A local shop with a wide belt sander saved the wood. I had just enough meat left to clean up one side.
Great care was taken for the precision needed to have the drawers interchangeable as intended for display. Even with care, I spend hours tuning the drawers and slides.
Now, hopefully, I won’t see it posted on Ebay in a couple of months by my Grandson. LOL
Thanks for looking.

-- Sleep every morning till I'm done. Life is good. Habanero Hog Competion BBQ

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 03:31 PM

That is a beautiful display case. The contrasting wood shades are quite nice, and the grain pattern on the drawer fronts is outstanding. You’ve done a great job.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 03:46 PM

I loved this chest when I first saw it in the magazine and your version is perfect! I am sure your grandson will enjoy it.

Tiger maple can be really tough to plane. Sometimes spraying it with alcohol or water will help, but you have to experiment. There is always hand planning with a high-angle blade followed by a scraper. I remember the first time I ran birds-eye maple through my planer—it came out looking like the surface of the moon!

Nice job!


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#3 posted 03-29-2012 03:47 PM

Whoa! That is one seriously nice piece!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 04:05 PM

Ron, That’s beautiful! I think the finish on your version puts mine to shame, great job! The fit and finish of the drawers look perfect and I know how hard it is to get those tuned to be interchangeable. That was a challenge and it looks like you mastered it. I’m sure Mr. Bentzley will be proud and your Grandson will cherish it.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Rick -Tulsa

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 04:33 PM

That is a gorgeous piece! Excellent Work!

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 05:40 PM

Love it, love it. Love it! Did I say I love it?

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 08:08 PM

Now that is beautiful

-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 08:22 PM

More drawers, more hours. It just works out that way. Nice job.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 10:06 PM

Fine craftsmanship, beautiful work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 03-30-2012 02:43 PM

Excellent craftsmanship. Your work really deserves to be in the “Top Three.”

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 04:12 PM

Beautiful piece and very nicely built. I don’t think you will get any harsh comments on this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 03-31-2012 12:39 AM

Great piece Fishnone. Very well finished. I can imagine your interchangeable drawers sessions. Been there, couldnĀ“t do that.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 03-31-2012 12:56 AM

This is stunning! I only hope I can make something this nice someday


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#14 posted 03-31-2012 08:48 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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