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Project by ChuckV posted 07-18-2015 07:07 PM 1698 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Back Story
A friend of the family had a pile of very special cherry wood. This wood came from trees on the property where he grew up and where his mother continued to live before she passed away. A local sawmill had cut the lumber after my friend felled the trees. For the past 20 years, the cherry was stored on the property of a relative. The storage conditions were far from ideal. They were in a cold (or root) cellar. This is a cave dug into the side of a hill. This is in New England where there are wide swings in weather conditions and lots of snow. The cellar has had no door for at least 10 years, probably longer. The rodents lived there in droves.

The friend has two grown daughters. He had long wanted to build something with the cherry as a gift to his daughters and a reminder of their grandmother. Several years ago, he was injured in an accident, and is no longer able to do that type of work. I agreed to rescue the cherry from the cave and see if I could do the build for his daughters. We decided on a design for two cabinets that we call jelly cabinets.

The Build
This is what the pieces that I selected for the build looked like once the really nasty stuff was cleaned off:

I stored the selected boards in the attic of my barn for a few weeks. Then I milled it to rough size and let it sit for another week in my shop:

Given the storage conditions, I was surprised by how dry and stable the wood was. I resawed some thicker boards and there was very little movement afterwards.

First I built the front frames:

I attached the sides to the front frame:

I used maple for the sides and backs of the drawers as well as the internal drawer slides and guides:

Here are the door pieces before glue-up:

I finished the cabinets with Danish Oil and wax.

Conclusion
These cabinets were a pleasure to make – truly a labor of love. Today, the friend came to pick up the cabinets. His reaction to first seeing the pieces made this project all that much more wonderful. He was literally moved to tears.

As part of the agreement, I am keeping the remaining cherry, about 100 bf. Building something this important to a friend is worth so much more.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters





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HerbC

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 07:27 PM

Excellent.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 07:43 PM

Chuck,

Great Story… Great Cleanup… Great Milling… Great Projects… Great result!

SUPER COOL!

It would be interesting to see HOW you cleaned-up all of those MESSY pieces to get them transformed into workable WOOD!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 07:57 PM

Nice! Great story and two beautiful cabinets

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 08:11 PM

Joe Lyddon,

I enjoy the puzzle of trying to figure out how to get the best usable wood for a project out of “challenging” boards. For instance, one board had a large crack all the way through it:

If you look carefully at the first photo, I hope that you can see the pencil lines in the upper half of the board where I decided to try to get the two front stiles for one of the cabinets.

I got these two stiles:

These pieces were just long enough that the remaining checked portions at the bottom were cut off.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 08:29 PM

Wonderful project for all the right reasons! I am sure you are proud of this one, thanks for sharing a great story!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 07-18-2015 10:07 PM

Those are just beautiful cabinets! And what a wonderful story behind the lumber—would be nice to have an engraved plaque with that story inside the cabinets.

-- Dean

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 10:11 PM



Those are just beautiful cabinets! And what a wonderful story behind the lumber—would be nice to have an engraved plaque with that story inside the cabinets.

- Mean_Dean

Thanks. My friend was thinking the very same thing about a plaque. He is also thinking about writing a letter or short story about the significance of the lumber to include when he gives the cabinets to his daughters.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 07-18-2015 10:51 PM

Chuck... in this picture...

I see that huge crack going about full length in Stile #2…
After ripping, did you fill the crack with epoxy, etc.? or … glued and clamped shut?
Are those planks thick enough (8/4) to resaw the 1st stile layout to get the TWO stiles?
That is fun figuring out the puzzle to get the Parts.

Thank you… COOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 07-18-2015 11:30 PM

Joe,

The stiles are only 2 1/2” wide and were taken from the edges of the board. The crack was not included. The two pieces that I kept are outlined in red here:

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#10 posted 07-18-2015 11:58 PM

beautiful work Chuck!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 07-19-2015 12:03 AM

OK!... I forgot to look Right instead of left of the line… :)
... missed the forest for the trees… :)

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#12 posted 07-19-2015 02:50 AM

Great project. And well told story. The pics add a lot, though I know how tough they are to post. Well done.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#13 posted 07-19-2015 04:49 AM

Nice work ChuckV.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 07-19-2015 11:34 AM

Great Work Chuck, this is probably what I like about woodworking the most. Taking something that seems to be unusable and make something very beautiful and useful, and with some history with it.
Again Great Work, very nice.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#15 posted 07-19-2015 11:42 AM

Nice save and back story, came out great!

-- Doug...

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