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Project by Matt Cremona posted 05-08-2015 01:15 AM 7091 views 33 times favorited 96 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this project on and off for 2 years. It was the largest project I have ever undertaken. It has been an incredible learning experience for me and I am so happy with the way it turned out. Yesterday, I took it out for a photoshoot. I brought it back to the spot in the forest where the cherry tree that produced most of the lumber for this piece grew. The doors, lid, and drawer fronts all came from that tree.

Overall dimensions: 7’6” tall, 41? wide, 21? deep
Primary wood is cherry and secondary is hard maple
Hardware: H hinges from Ball & Ball, all other hardware from Horton Brasses
Finish: General Finishes Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss
Slightly adapted plans from: Building Period Furniture by Glen Huey

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 01:38 AM

WOW. That is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Matt Cremona

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 01:41 AM

Thank you Jim!


WOW. That is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

- Jim Jakosh


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Michaelgurrado

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 02:00 AM

absolutely beautiful Matt!

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Matt Cremona

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 02:00 AM

Thank you Michael!


absolutely beautiful Matt!

- Michaelgurrado


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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BigAl98

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 02:14 AM

Nice job guy…do you have hidden drawers?

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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Matt Cremona

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 02:16 AM

Yes, there are 3 behind the prospect box and there are 2 small compartments in the upper case behind the backboards. Thank you!


Nice job guy…do you have hidden drawers?

- BigAl98


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Boris

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 03:32 AM

Matt that is a beautiful piece of furniture, I have been watching your videos in YouTube thank you for taking the time to show how you do woodwork.
Regards

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BurlyBob

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 05:06 AM

Magnificent! Truly a work of art.

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Matt Cremona

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#9 posted 05-08-2015 05:09 AM

Thank you and thanks for following along. It’s been quite the journey.


Matt that is a beautiful piece of furniture, I have been watching your videos in YouTube thank you for taking the time to show how you do woodwork.
Regards

- Boris


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#10 posted 05-08-2015 05:09 AM

Thank you!


Magnificent! Truly a work of art.

- BurlyBob


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Obed

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#11 posted 05-08-2015 05:15 AM

Wow….I love this piece, to much to as for close up of one of the doors? Want to see grain pattern and such. Wow

-- I am a novice, wanting more than a hobby, but to be a carpenter.

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Matt Cremona

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#12 posted 05-08-2015 05:27 AM

Thank you! Not a problem. Doors close up below


Wow….I love this piece, to much to as for close up of one of the doors? Want to see grain pattern and such. Wow

- Obed

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Jake

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#13 posted 05-08-2015 06:01 AM

So that’s why you dragged it back to where it all started – Pictures!! Very cool Matt, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you build it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#14 posted 05-08-2015 07:17 AM

Damn! – looks as good if not better than when I saw it in person – finish and grain are gorgeous – well well well done Matt!

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Tim

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#15 posted 05-08-2015 07:29 AM

OHHHHHHHHHH HOLY CRAP!!!! THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! My question is, how on earth did you get it into the forrest and how on earth did you make it level on the ground???!?

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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