China Display Cabinet in Cherry

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 06-06-2016 05:38 PM 1304 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A variation reproduction of a China Display Cabinet in Pennsylvania Cherry.

My Grandma Cleta gave the original cabinet to my mother right after her wedding, and it was passed down through the family to me.
Unfortunately, it didn’t survive the move down to Florida.
So I made a promise to make a reproduction that Grandma would be proud of as soon as my abilities allowed.
This is the result. It took a long time to build and was very challenging.
Features include dovetailed case joinery, hand cut transition molding, fluted front, bracket feet, raised panel doors, and Sapele shelving, with interior lighting.
It is about 66” in height and 18” deep. The finish is cherry danish oil and polyurethane, with a wax top coat.
The upper molding profile was traced from the original, and the lower door pulls are from the original too.
I have hundreds of process photos, but my photo program is acting up. If I can get it to behave, I’ll add them.

I think Grandma Cleta would have liked this build.
(The last photo is of my dear Grandma Cleta.)
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 05:48 PM

Beautifully done great finish and Cherry is one of my favorites.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 06:32 PM

Really nice looking cabinet, an heirloom for sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 06:42 PM

Eric, your Grandma, as well as your mother, would be very proud of you. This is a beautiful and very ornate piece of furniture. I’m proud of you too.
When I saw the first picture I spontaneously said to myself, “This guy is really a grown-up in woodworking!”
Great work, Sir Eric ! No wonder it took a while to build it. Hat’s off.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 09:19 PM

Absolutely beautiful Eric, your Grandma would be proud of the cabinet and your woodworking skills.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 10:28 PM


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#6 posted 06-06-2016 10:29 PM

Looks solid and well-built. Very nice.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 10:43 PM

Beautiful workmanship!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 11:41 PM

Awesome build, Eric!

I really like the lighted interior.

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

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#9 posted 06-06-2016 11:45 PM

This is a beautiful cabinet! It’s got a lot of nice details, and looks like you built it with dedication and care! This will be handed down through your family for generations!

(I hope you signed and dated it, so that future generations will know who built it.)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 01:36 AM

A great reproduction wrecker.

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

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#11 posted 06-07-2016 02:59 AM

Very nice work Eric. You have arrived…. grandma would indeed be proud.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 03:37 AM

Realy great work on style and details! I like the old rustic look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-07-2016 02:39 PM

Nice piece Eric….......the only thing I have to show for my recent labors is a raised vegetable bed!

Very pretty, it veritably glows, and the details catch your eye…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 06-07-2016 04:48 PM

Eric, this cabinet turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-07-2016 05:05 PM

Beautiful work. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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