Three cases, one mirror, and a year of my life.

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Project by MoreWoodPlease posted 12-05-2010 06:36 PM 5697 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First Commission.

Three, cherry eyeglass display cases. Two with piano wire to hold the eyeglass frames, one with rails and dowels.
The piano wire cases were tough. The mirror is from a plan in one of the mags. Everything in 3/4 cherry, cherry stain, three coats of poly.
The piano wire cases were tough. They are actually two cases. Outer and inner. Then inner cases, which houses the wire, have steel rods embedded into the sides to hold tension on the wire, and prevent the sides from bowing.
Lights complete the cases.
It took me a year, taking off during the hot summer, working on the occasional night, and weekend.

-- Integrity is who we are when no one else is watching.

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 07:12 PM

beautiful cases
how did you get tension on the wire like that?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#2 posted 12-05-2010 08:07 PM

Great job! Nice cherry wood. Finish is awesome. Love the mirror – very classy. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 12-05-2010 08:33 PM

The wire cases really show the glasses off well. Tensioned wire is always tricky. It puts far more stress on the wood than most people imagine. Nice solution.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#4 posted 12-05-2010 09:31 PM

Very nice.
I like them.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 09:44 PM

Unique project really good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-05-2010 09:47 PM

Wow, those tension wire cases look like they would have taken a fair amount of time to figure out. Well done on accomplishing that. Thank you for sharing how you did it.

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#7 posted 12-05-2010 10:00 PM

Great job Very good attention to details.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 01:36 AM

Nice work. I really like the mirror.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 04:37 PM

They look great! I’ve got to make one for home now. :)

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 04:42 PM

Well, you have a right to be proud of these because you did a wonderful job on them.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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