Three drawer hall credenza

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Project by Oldtool posted 07-26-2018 01:04 AM 1278 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a project I started to blog about back in February, a 3 Drawer Credenza.
This credenza was designed to fit a specific space in the owner’s home, and is dimensioned at 42” Wide, by 36” High, and 15” Deep. It will fit a small wall between a living room & a dining room.
The blog was posted to describe how I was going to carve details on the legs to match an antique found on the Internet, but it was later decided to make something more closely to Country French, so the carving idea was scrapped.
This piece of furniture has a primary wood of hard maple, with a secondary wood of poplar. The maple was stained with General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain prior to glue up to prevent smear onto the poplar, and the interior of the poplar drawers were finished with Bulls Eye Seal Coat clear shellac. After glue up, the maple was finished with WATCO Danish Oil.
The drawers were made the full size of the cabinet opening to maximize storage space, and each drawer runner has a side wall to prevent wracking and permit easy sliding in & out, with a top on each to prevent the drawer dropping down when pulled out. (Pictures 3 & 4 above)

Now I need to figure out how to ship this from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. Weight wise it is good for both FedExpress & UPS Ground, but final dimensions are slightly above the limits for a total 165 inches in length and girth combined, after crating. So, if anyone has suggestions for shipping furniture in the USA, please let me know.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 07-26-2018 01:46 AM

Beautiful credenza, great workmanship.

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#2 posted 07-26-2018 02:34 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done Also.


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#3 posted 07-26-2018 03:27 AM

I agree a very nice looking piece.

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#4 posted 07-26-2018 09:00 AM

Handsome looking piece with several nice details to add a little POP here and there. Those legs are the right amount of cute, and that modified Lambs Tongue on the legs works nicely. Someone will love those deep drawers too.

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 07-26-2018 10:00 AM

That’s a good looking bit of casework.

Fastenal offers third-party logistics) (shipping and storage) but their minimum charge is $250, so that’s probably too steep. There are other companies that do the same, though.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 07-26-2018 10:20 AM

Well done Tom. The piece displays wonderful craftsmanship. I have to say, my first reaction to your customer’s choice of stain was not positive but, as I continued to look at the photos I started to like it. It has an old homey, already-an-antique look to it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 07-26-2018 10:27 AM

Very nice piece of furniture, that will be around for a loooong time

Call FedEx FREIGHT, it’s different from regular FedEx but it will have to be on a pallet and packaging for protection will be a bear.

If it were mine to deliver, I’d stretch wrap it, put it in the truck and strap it down, Be sure to save room for fishing gear and head out. Some really good fishing in S.C.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 07-26-2018 12:44 PM

Thanks for the kind comments all, most appreciated.
Dave, the Fastenal tip looks like it might be a good one, and the $250 for a safe trip down south would be OK by me after all my time and effort to make this.
Dick, I went to the local FedEx store to check out their ground offerings, scared me off when they described that I needed to package it to withstand handling on conveyor belts, and possible tipping over on it’s side. Don’t want to attempt that.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 07-26-2018 12:52 PM

very nice work well done

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#10 posted 07-26-2018 02:55 PM

This is a very nice piece. You really did a nice job on this project.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 07-27-2018 12:13 AM

Tom, I’ve heard good things about Fastenal’s shipping, and it might be cheaper store to store if they have locations that work for you. You’ll have to build a crate, but there have been a few LJs shipping lathes and bandsaws and such around the country with them. Maybe search the forums for more.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 07-27-2018 01:38 AM

Beautiful piece..

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#13 posted 07-27-2018 06:51 PM

Well done, thanks for showing

-- andrek

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#14 posted 07-27-2018 11:54 PM

Very nice piece. I love the styles and your finish came out exceptional!

-- AJ

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#15 posted 07-30-2018 05:08 PM

clasic design I dig it

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