Cherry Wall Shelf

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Project by RussellAP posted 12-08-2012 03:11 PM 1222 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. He had some surgeries and now is clear of any cancer. It was and is an ordeal though.

In the process of his illness, he gave me some old planes that his father and grandfather used. They were in pretty bad shape and won’t ever plane again, at least not by me. So I thought I’d recondition them and give them back in a nice new cherry shelf.

The shelf is done except to seal. I used Danish oil cherry on it. After a couple days the blotch should come out. Then I will seal it with Minwax poly gloss wipe on.

The planes are nothing special just some old Penn hardware store or blacksmith shop.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 07:03 PM

“Nothing Special” ??? They look pretty special from here Pal.
A nice glass door would make this a proud piece to hang in the living room (and mom wouldn’t have to dust) right over Dad’s chair.
With or without glass what a great tribute to some beautiful old tools. Well done sir.

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 08:30 PM

very nice

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 03:03 AM

Well done. Beautiful shelf to hole some wonderful tools.

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 05:32 PM

Some of those old planes have great irons. Can’t tell from the photos, but finding an old iron new life in a new wooden frame might be an idea as well. Just a thought…

Nice shelf BTW, the planes distracted me a bit! ;-)

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 05:46 PM

Mike, One of those planes has a straight iron that has hammer marks on the back of it, like they used it as a chisel too. The other smaller plane has a newer blade with a cap iron so it’s either newer or has had a new blade put on it. I don’t know enough about planes and their history to know.

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