Wild Oregon Cherry Art Print Bin

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Blog entry by David posted 02-24-2009 10:16 PM 4789 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed the art print bin being built for The Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, Oregon. This was a commissioned piece to hold shrink-wrapped art prints in the gallery. The owners felt that a wooden print bin would fit the character of the gallery better than a commercial steel bin. Music to this woodworker’s ears!

Completed Print Bin

The design was worked out with SketchUp and finalized with a mock-up built with pine and MDF using a Kreg Jig and pocket screw joinery. The only change from the original design was to increase the height of the back support and to add a set of lower supports between the legs.

Original SketchUp Rendering

SketchUp Working Perspective

Pine & MDF Mock-Up

Final SketchUp Rendering

The project was built with Wild Oregon Cherry that I got from a family run hardwood mill. I showcased Hardwood Components, Inc. in Episode #86 on my blog The Folding Rule. For storage and portability, the design features a knock down system using black oxide allen-head cap screws, brass washers and threaded steel inserts. The print bin shelf is veneered with rift sawn cherry and covered with black commercial carpet to provide support and traction for the art prints.

Leg Detail

Leg Leveler Detail

Carpeted Shelf Support

The support legs have an adjustable leveler to help remove any rocking on uneven floors in the gallery. The floors are wonderfully finished original wood with a lot of character, including a couple of bullet holes from a prior conflict when the gallery was a store that catered to early loggers working in the nearby forests.

A Brass Makers-Mark Completes the Project!

Delivery to the gallery is scheduled for tomorrow.

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 10:41 PM

Really nice job and art bin. Any artist would love to have this as well.

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 10:54 PM

That is a very nice art bin, definitely looks a lot better than steel! I see quite a few comments about mock ups on LJ. Mind if I ask why you mock up a small project like this?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 11:03 PM

Diane – Great to hear from you! Coming from an artist, your kind words are very meaningful. Thanks!

TopamaxSurvivor – Great question! I had never built anything like this before and I thought a mock-up would be a great way to verify the SketchUp design. It turned out to be a good idea as we hosted the gallery owners in our home that weekend. They liked the size and feel of the mock-up but felt the back needed more height to provide better support for the prints. The mock-up only cost a few dollars and some scrap material but saved me the expense of good wild cherry. As it was, I only had a few scraps left from my original purchase of wild cherry!


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#4 posted 02-24-2009 11:28 PM

Nice job David. it has a classy look. Post some pictures with prints in it please.

David does the Wild Cherry from Oregon age like the Pennsylvania Cherry. I picked up about 100 bd ft of domestic Cherry from a sawmill. It looked a lighter pinker than the normal cherry that I see in this part of the USA. It’s been stored in the barn for about 6 years. Maybe it’s about time to check it out.

The lighter color might have been just the freshness of it been cut, I remember it having a lot more knots.

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 12:05 AM

Karson – Always a great pleasure to get a comment from you! I will post some photos with prints when I deliver it to the gallery. Great question regarding the Oregon Wild Cherry. This is my first time using this wood. As you may know, cherry is my favorite species. I did note that the grain was a lot more wild than the cherry I am used to using. This was a pale white color with darker red & brown flecks and streaks running thru the grain. It already has darkened some since assembly and finishing. There were a number of large knots that I eliminated during rough dimensioning. All in all this was fun wood to work with. I think it will have a special appeal in the gallery being a native species harvested in the local area.


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#6 posted 02-25-2009 12:57 AM

Dave, I think that cherry is the perfect choice for a gallery setting.

As always, your execution is very professional. I am envious of your video production, you do such a great job.

I particularly like the way that you break the edge of the wood. It is very crisp. This is one of the details that really elevates a piece to a higher level.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 05:13 AM

Even with sketchup i believe mock ups are the way to go, any construction issue are soon found and can be fixed before you start on the real thing. That project is a neat solution for for the customers needs. Top marks.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 03-01-2009 01:59 AM

Nice work!

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