I had mentioned deciding to build a floor-standing hand tool cabinet based on a Shaker Step-Back Cupboard from Popular Woodworking, in a previous blog post. Cherry was my wood of choice, but at seven feet tall and forty-two inches wide by sixteen inches deep, when I priced American Cherry locally for my cabinet, it quickly became prohibitive for my budget.
Fortune smiled on me when I contacted a fellow 150 miles away who had a stash of Elm he was willing to part with for a reasonable fee, and last weekend we drove a pick up over to load it all up. I’m excited about this wood, as he’d done a desk with it and put on an oil finish that gave it a rich, honey-gold appearance. This was the Biggest wood purchase I’ve ever made! I have all winter to play with it and dress all the pieces. Pretty exciting!