Mom's Knick Knack Shelf

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Project by Critterman posted 11-30-2008 03:29 AM 4734 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s finally done! Took me forever to design and build but just in time for her to take home as she leaves after visiting on Thanksgiving. She gets to take this Christmas present home early.

All solid cherry, with an applique I bought (sorry carving not one of my talents). Measures about 18” X 25” overall. Finish is shellac, General Finishes Warm Cherry stain, and three coats or spray on minwax ploy (satin). The stain was a quick five minute application just to add some red and even the overall color but also allow the real color come through. Overall I think it came out quite well. All the miters came out very well…and that makes me feel

Designed from a picture on the internet of an old french antique and just kind of felt my way through it adding my own modifications to make it look how I wanted. First time with no plans and its definitely harder than I thought it would be, but I learned a lot.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 03:30 AM


You just made your Mom very proud!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 03:47 AM

Wow what a nice job Moms love cool things

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 03:51 AM

Beautiful! Great looking finish, too.

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2008 04:22 AM

Very nice.Great job.

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#5 posted 11-30-2008 08:24 AM

10 points and a gold star on this beauty !!! Everything about this looks perfect from here : ) Added to my favorites of things I really want to do !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-30-2008 03:28 PM

Great job Jim! Nothing wrong designing on the fly. Doing it that way will help you learn a lot. Addison’s crib was done that way.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 11-30-2008 03:38 PM

Jim, Looks good. Sure your mom loves it. The applique is a nice touch and blends in well, have to agree on the carving thing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 11-30-2008 03:43 PM

Very very beautiful and all been said by fellow Ljs above!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 11-30-2008 04:02 PM

Thanks everyone…she really loved it, said she can’t wait to get home and put it up so she can brag to all her friends…LOL

Les, I can only aspire to reach your level of expertise..maybe someday I’ll come within your universe of talent

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 11-30-2008 05:14 PM

Jim, a very nice use for one of my favorite woods. I’m also have found that ‘design as you go’ works quite well, just need a basic idea and some rough dimensions. The fun is in the challenge and when it comes out looking like yours, it can be considered very successful.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#11 posted 11-30-2008 08:33 PM

pretty nice, I love the Cherry look…

Very Vibrant and Beautiful.

Great job.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#12 posted 12-03-2008 09:41 AM

That’s really beautiful. I love all the details that make it so special. Great choice of applique.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 12-04-2008 03:19 AM

Thanks guys, the color was even richer in person, the lighting in my shop for pics wasn’t the best. I added just a light bit if the stain to give it that nice red and to even out the different tones you always get with cherry. Thanks again for the great comments.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 12-14-2008 12:53 AM

Hey Guys, Just adding an update…the shelf finally made it home and got mounted on the way. I guess the bad thing about making something well is now my Mom says all her friends want one…LOL Stand in line ladies, stand in line….LOL

Mom's Knick Knack Shelf Finally at Home

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#15 posted 12-14-2008 06:25 AM

That’s a really beautiful piece. I am sure that your mom loves it, and it looks like she has put it to good use for Christmas. Nice job.

-- kevinjunior

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