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Project by Furnitude posted 02-23-2011 07:35 PM 4668 views 34 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf is made out of cherry that was cracked and eaten by worms. The crack gave me a chance to make Nakashima-style butterfly keys, which are walnut. The dovetails were all cut by hand. The hardware, which I got from Rockler, consists of two rods attached to the wall and fed through holes drilled through the back of the shelf. This piece was displayed in the Tennessee State Museum and was featured in Fine Woodworking.

-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/





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skeeter

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 08:10 PM

i knew this was in fw before i read it. nice.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 08:13 PM

Nice work, Both look perfect! I like the rough edge and your dovetails are amazing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 08:29 PM

wow! that is some mighty fine craftmanship…beautiful.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 08:31 PM

Love the look and the drawer pulls!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Blake

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 08:54 PM

Really nicely done! I especially like the dovetailed-in drawer pulls. What a great idea.

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 09:24 PM

SWEET!!! great lines, love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 10:01 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 10:05 PM

A wonderful looking piece, a very simplistic design and yet elegant look ! The details and craftsmanship are eye catching stuff. What kind of joinery technique did You use to attach the drawer assembly to the shelf, just curious ?

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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blackcherry

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 11:17 PM

Fine detail on the drawer pulls, and a beautiful design shelve. I especially like the live edge, thank for posting…BC

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steliart

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 12:13 AM

Lovely piece of work. Beautiful live edge wood and box dovetaled drawers.
I am very interesting to tell us how did you finish the piece and especially the live edge part of the wood.

BTW I enjoy visiting your website, lots of interesting things and info.
Thanks
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 02:53 AM

Love this piece – very well executed.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#12 posted 02-24-2011 03:01 AM

Amazing piece, it should be in a gallery.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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JOEY B

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#13 posted 02-24-2011 04:29 AM

nice work. very cool

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Furnitude

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#14 posted 02-24-2011 05:20 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. To answer a couple questions, the box is fastened to the shelf with two biscuits on each side. They aren’t even glued in so I can remove the box if I have to move the shelf. Regarding finishing, I just used thinned-out wipe-on poly. The live edge has about a million tiny holes where the worms were doing their work. After sanding the shelf smooth, all those holes were filled with saw dust and even after blowing the dust out, some still remained. I used a really fine awl to pick dust out of every hole. I puzzled over how to finish the bark and the live edge, but in the end i just used poly on the whole thing. I don’t remember how many coats but there were quite a few very thin coats. Thanks.

-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/

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#15 posted 02-24-2011 07:02 AM

I really appreciate the grain on the drawer fronts, I dig that.

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