Display Case - Buckin' for a Raise

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Project by Russel posted 11-19-2008 10:38 PM 1823 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas is comin’ and I’m leaving town in mid-December so I need to get my projects done earlier than usual. Previously I posted a plant stand for the ladies in the office.

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I’ve completed six of them and they’re ready to go.

However, for the boss I thought he needed something a tad more “manly” (at least weight-wise) so I came up with this display case. The shelf unit is made of hard maple and floats in a walnut frame. The top is spalted maple wrapped in walnut. I had to cut 10 pieces of walnut to get the right pieces so that the grain all ran the same direction. It was an adventure getting all those pieces to match up reasonably so that the glue lines didn’t show outrageously.

The top is 28×16 and the shelf unit is 11.5×18 x 30. The entire unit is 37.5 inches tall. The finish is shellac as a sealer followed by four coats of wipe-on satin poly. I’m calling it “Buckin’ for a Raise” hoping that the boss feels generous after he sees this.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 11-19-2008 11:17 PM

I say WOW a lot, but, WOW. I like it. NICE!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 01:43 AM

Very nice…you might have a touch of brown stain on your nose, but that is one beautiful table!

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 01:55 AM

WOW nice job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 02:11 AM

Hey, Russel, wanta work for me??? No body ever gives me nice things like this. Well done, my friend.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-20-2008 04:05 AM

Looks great. It appears to be floating, and the spalted maple looks reaaly nice.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 11-20-2008 04:13 AM

That’s a great looking project!

-- - Ray

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 06:05 AM

You’ve outdone yourself with this one, Russel. Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-20-2008 01:15 PM

Thanks folks, I truly appreciate the comments.

Dennis, as long as it’s ONLY stain, I’m okay with that.

Thos, I don’t think I could keep up working for you. I’ve been a desk jockey for the past 35 years and I’m just not accustomed to things like fresh air.

Charlie, I’ve taken a look back at the projects I’ve posted here and I am surprised by what I’ve done. Not that I’m bragging, but without LumberJocks and the inspiration and encouragement from folks like yourself and, literally, a host of others, I don’t think I would have even attempted the things I’m doing now. I cannot express enough appreciation for what this site and you folks have given me.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 11-20-2008 05:57 PM

Russel: Let me agree with the others. Those are beautiful and I love the designs.

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#10 posted 11-22-2008 12:53 AM

Russell . . . your design and execution skills are getting quite good. I can assure you that the folks in the office will appreciate those gifts.

-- BLOG -

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#11 posted 11-22-2008 02:16 AM

Thank you Zuki, bayouman. I have never been associated with a group of people like this before and your comments are greatly appreciated.

-- Working at Woodworking

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