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Project by Bill Schonfelder posted 09-09-2015 01:12 PM 1603 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was started as a project to store a 7 foot tall custom made $5,000 dollar full size Santa Claus for my employer.
I used Autocad Inventor to design and configure it to fit the Santa for storage. The shelves are removable to be replaced with normal shelves when the Santa is out on display. All of the wood is glued up from 1×6 pine boards. The trim is routed on a router table. I had to create a special base with coaster wheels so I could move it around the shop. The total weight is guessed at 300-400 lbs. It is very heavy. I built this in my garage workshop without any controlled air or AC. Temps would reach at time over 130 degrees inside of the garage. I started this in May and now finished it in September. So far I have invested in this is $3,000.00 in raw wood, glue, sandpaper, screws etc. My employer will finish it with their finishers. There were times that my garage acted like a kiln and evaporated any moisture inside of the wood. I was not use to working in these types of conditions. It was a real learning experience for me.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu





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majuvla

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#1 posted 09-09-2015 01:35 PM

This is little different than other your projects (wheel toys). Very classy and elegant cabinet.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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missesalot

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 03:42 PM

wow that looks amazing. 3000 in wood sounds like a ton, its hard to imagine that much even in such a huge piece. looks amazing.

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jim65

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 08:36 PM

beautiful, love the design! worth the effort in any case.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Bill Schonfelder

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 08:37 PM

yeah, that clear pine runs in Texas about 16 to 22 dollars for an 8 ft board. The plywood was 50 bucks. The doors are doubled up. The walls are doubled up. I had to make my own panels from glue ups. I think more glue is here than wood. :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Bill Schonfelder

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 08:38 PM


This is little different than other your projects (wheel toys). Very classy and elegant cabinet.

- majuvla

I doubt ill build another one. My garage is just too small. Thanks for the comment.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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missesalot

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 10:43 PM

wahoooo thats a lot of wood. I guess we’re lucky up here on the pine, but most of ours ain’t that nice. that thing looks amazing

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GT350

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 01:03 AM

That is a very nice job both in design and construction.
Mike

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Pointer

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#8 posted 09-10-2015 01:52 AM

Nice looking armoire. Once in place the weight might be a nice feature. I really like the panels and the crown molding.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 09-10-2015 02:05 AM

A job well done Bill.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 09-10-2015 11:38 AM

At least 99% of my projects are of pine. None of which look as nice as your wood. I’m lucky if I can find straight, non-warped, minimal knot wood, no matter the cost. Very nice project. Like to see it after they applied their finish.

-- DonB

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Bill Schonfelder

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#11 posted 09-10-2015 01:57 PM

Thanks everyone. I will post a you tube video slide show the steps it took. Maybe it will help someone. The pine came from Home Depot and Lowes I cleaned out their stock when I bought it. Ill show the plans in the slideshow when I post it.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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eztrigger

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#12 posted 09-10-2015 03:39 PM

well this leaves me wanting to see pics of a $5000 santa….

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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Bill Schonfelder

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#13 posted 09-10-2015 06:07 PM

I made this video showing a $5,000 dollar Santa Claus for your enjoyment. Well and for my folks to see it back home in Rockford. :P
https://youtu.be/9lCOdaYbC98

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/Hardwooddesignz?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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eztrigger

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#14 posted 09-10-2015 06:45 PM

that’s some serious santa

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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Woodtwerker

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#15 posted 09-20-2015 05:02 PM

simply amazing.

-- Gabe in Savannah

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