Cherry Table for Charity

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Project by Christian Holihan posted 12-15-2014 06:54 PM 2294 views 20 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What could happen if craftspeople of every discipline came together to create heirloom quality home goods for people who have none? Nobody deserves particle board.

So I had this crazy idea:

1. Find a low income family in need.
2. Organize a group of local woodworkers to come together for a weekend and build a dining room table.
3. Donate to family.

So I did it.

Read the story and see more process pics here.

This project would not have been possible without help. Special thanks to:

Church of the Redeemer
Woodcraft Nashville
Cumberland Furniture Guild
Daniel Chaffin Furniture Makers (for the table design)
Martha Berry and DiAnne Patrick for providing their work shop
Roger Gramm and the crew at Just Plane Wood (for the finishing)
Barbara Weigle
Rita Kaplan
Gil Fuqua
Lionel Barrett
Brad Rodriquez
Graham Campbell
Brad McPherson
Peggy Joseph
Sarah Holihan

-- Nobody deserves particle board |

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 07:06 PM

Great job, I like the mission. I built the same table and benches using old construction lumber. I love the look of this in cherry, I also like the cove detail on the circle, I did not have that bit at the time and I left it off.


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#2 posted 12-15-2014 07:37 PM

Great cause and a great piece, I love cherry.

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 07:55 PM


-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 08:28 PM

Great idea and congrats on following through with it! Beautiful table.

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#5 posted 12-15-2014 08:37 PM

God bless you and all your helpers – People like you give civilization hope, Well done!!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 09:14 PM

Awesome project. Very nice of you to do this. I’m sure the family really appreciates your thoughtfulness.

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 09:54 PM

Beautiful project…...beautiful craftsmen. A warm, touching story, perfect for the season. Congratulations and thanks for the post.

-- jbschutz

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 11:00 PM

Gorgeous table!


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 11:53 PM

I love the shape of the edge of the top. Really well done!

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 12:23 AM

beautiful table. Great simple lines. Love the effort for those that don’t have.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 12-16-2014 01:02 AM

That’s a beautiful table, and an even more beautiful gesture!

I’d love to participate in something like this—if you’re ever out in my neck of the woods, let me know!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 01:22 AM

Nice! Love the dadoed circle cut outs and details.

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Christian Holihan

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#13 posted 12-16-2014 04:25 AM

Thanks to everyone for the nice words!

Mean_Dean: I would love to make a build happen out in Portland! My vision for this is that it can be done anywhere. I could work with you to get things set up, raise the money, and keep things local…local lumber, local family, local artisans, local flair and impact. This is all about community. If you are serious, let me know and we can talk big picture and see if this can happen in 2015!

-- Nobody deserves particle board |

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#14 posted 12-16-2014 11:37 AM

Amazing and humbling. Thank you so much for sharing this with us

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 12-16-2014 02:39 PM

That is a beautiful table. Great idea, one can only hope that you inspire more of us.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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