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Project by uutank posted 07-20-2008 08:10 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker approached me several weeks ago and asked if I’d consider building him a sort of display shelf for some train parts. He provided some very basic dimensions ,a very simple drawing and a “just make it look good”.
This always tends to worry me abit since what I like isn’t what others may like but he assured me he would love whatever I came up with as long as it fell within the given instructions.
As it happened my father had a pile of cherry molding scraps that was going to be tossed and he was delighted he didn’t need to throw away such beaut full wood. I was happy since I didn’t have to buy cherry. I ran them thru the planer and vola perfect cherry that was nearly the 1/4 – 3/8 I needed.
As you can see the box has 3 distinct levels and I simply made three boxes and joined them together and ran some molding to hid the edges. The finish was a light golden pecan ( standard minwax) followed by some laqure
spray and then hit with some 0000 still wool. I also added a top coat of john son paste wax. Which does add a sort of warm effect however really I like it since it smells like furniture and people love it.
The customer was very pleased.

side note: you can’t see it but this was designed to hang on the wall with via flush mount brackets that surprisingly I found at Lowe’s

-- Ray,VA

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#1 posted 07-20-2008 09:24 PM


Will this hang from a wall?


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#2 posted 07-20-2008 11:30 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 07-21-2008 12:44 AM

Nice looking display case. Thank you for sharing.

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#4 posted 07-21-2008 01:26 AM

If the customer wasn’t happy, I’d take it. Great job.

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#5 posted 07-21-2008 02:52 AM

any dimensions available ? this looks great …isn’t it amazing what takes shape from a few simple measurements and a ” go ahead and make me something ” happy go lucky customer : )

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#6 posted 07-21-2008 03:59 PM

Nice job.

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#7 posted 07-22-2008 10:41 AM

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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