Steamed Cherry Display Shelf - UPDATE

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Blog entry by David posted 2650 days ago 1059 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed the cherry display shelves being built for some close friends in Central Oregon. This shelf will be used to display works of art in thier gallery. The display shelf is built from steamed cherry and cherry plywood with pocket screw construction. Dimensions are 18 inches square and 5 feet tall. The finish is 4 coats of hand rubbed tung oil and 2 coats of wax.

Ready for finish

Hole drilling jig for glass shelf supports

Drilling shelf support holes

Drill, insty drill bit, shelf support inserts & shelf pins

Close-up of insty drill bit, shelf support inserts & shelf pins

Stand with installed shelf support inserts & pins

Close-up of glass shelf & support pins

Completed cherry display stand

Close-up of top detail


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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 2649 days ago

Nice progressive pictures. I’ll bet this took more time to make than one would think. I really like the inserts that are used for the shelf supports, they give the piece more of a look of quality. Kind of like adding dovetails to a piece. Nice piece once again Dave!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 2649 days ago

A beautiful piece of furniture. I bet your friends love it. I also like the peg inserts.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 2649 days ago

Great pictures of the process, David. It looks great!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 2649 days ago

Looks Great, someone gonna love that….nice pics, thanks for sharing it…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#5 posted 2649 days ago

Great work David!

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 2649 days ago

David: A first class piece. I don’t see your logo. Did it get left off?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2649 days ago

A beautiful piece David. More difficult than it appears as stock preparation, tool calibration and accuracy of craftsman are essential in a piece that is open on 4 sides and uses glass for shelves. A really great piece. Thanks for sharing it! I like your shelf pin support jig. I used one of those bits and it drove me crazy as mine doesn’t clear the chips very good so it was drill one hole, bang the thing around, jump in a circle, swear, clear the chips, drill another hole…..

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 2649 days ago

Thanks again for the great comments.

I value everyone’s encouragement! I often think of my fellow LumberJocks when I am working in the shop.

Karson – I did not put my logo on the piece because was built just to be a display stand in a commercial environment. I had thought about reserving the brass logo plate for nice furnture pieces. I was thinking that putting the makers-mark on this would be overkill.
Perhaps not a good decision? !

I have been "offline" the last day or so because I needed to complete this project. This is actually a paying project for my little shop - helping to feed my hobby. My wife is delivering the display stand to The Clearwater Gallery in Central Oregon today. This is a wonderful art gallery featuring nationally known landscape artist Dan Rickards, as well as, a number of other artists that my wife and I appreciate. I will be staying home over the holiday weekend to work! :-(


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#9 posted 2649 days ago

Very nice stand David. It does show great work, nice design, and wonderful colors. And congratulations on the commissions. That will definitely help the woodworking. Let us know what new tools you end up with because of the projects!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 2649 days ago

Bill -

I am always working “obtaining” new tools! LOL :-)


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#11 posted 2649 days ago

Beautiful wood and design David, I would love to be at that level some day. Good job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 2649 days ago

Wow, I love your work, I’m so happy to have one piece you did (my loom).


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#13 posted 2649 days ago

Mike and Diane -



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