Arts & Crafts Display Case

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 04-11-2011 12:16 AM 3751 views 34 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Arts and Crafts Display Case was designed by Mike Pekovich, Art Director at Fine Woodworking. It was featured on theFW cover in April 2010. The piece was built during a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT, which was taught by school director Bob Van Dyke. Mike Pekovich came for a one-day class on making the leaded glass door panels. I enjoyed both of the classes a great deal.

The case is built of quartersawn white oak. It’s 48” long, 38.5” tall, and 13” deep. The oak has a great deal of figure, but the photos don’t do it justice. It has wedged through tenons and dovetailed drawers. The hardware is from as Mike recommended.

Finishing was a long process. I didn’t want to fume it with ammonia which is the traditional method. I did a bit of on-line research and found several finishing schedules, but eventually followed a slightly different path. Step 1: Trans-tint dark brown water-based dye. Step 2: Garnet Shellac about a 2lb cut. Step 3: Several coats of Waterlox Original with light sanding between coats. I say several because I put more coats on the top, sides, doors and drawer fronts, etc. than on less exposed surfaces. Step 4: Light Brown Briwax with lots of buffing. I’m rather happy with the final product and the finish. My goal was to finish the pices so it fit with an round oak kitchen table and chair set an an oak barrister bookcase which are both built during the late 19th Century. It’s quite close. My wife also likes the piece. Since it’s in the kitchen she’ll probably fill it with art glass and cookbooks.

Photo 1: Front view
Photo 2: 45 degree view
Photo 3: Top and drawer front detail
Photo 4: Through tenon and dovetail drawer detail
Photo 5: Leaded glass door detail

Thanks for looking.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 12:26 AM

Very nice work and a great piece. I love the style!

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 12:32 AM

I see one big problem with this display case. IT”S NOT MINE!!!
Great job . beautiful piece.Super craftsmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 12:46 AM

Very nice piece. I also appreciate you explanation on how you finished this piece. I have an arts and crafts house and will make up some pieces for it in the future. Finishing these pieces are always an interest to me.

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 01:28 AM

I often wonder how the oil based finish adheres to the Shellac .
The color is great as is the Craftsmanship : ) Your time at CVSW was well spent : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 01:29 AM

I love A&C/Mission/Craftsman style and that one is a beauty. I have to agree with a1Jim except that the problem isn’t that it is not his. LOL

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 01:39 AM

Great piece, love the style too!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 01:43 AM

What a striking piece! Excellent craftmanship on this one. The hardware and leaded glass are icing on the cake. Bravo!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 03:18 AM

WOW! Simply spectacular. I love pieces that justify the expense of the tools.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 04:12 AM

Very nice execution! SWMBO is certain to claim it for her own purposes. No problem, there’s always something else to build. Bravo.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 05:14 AM

Gorgeous.. saw the first pick and thought for sure it was fumed…

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 04-11-2011 02:01 PM

Beautiful work on this Display Case! A&C (& SW) are my favorite styles of furniture…..

Bet with all the white oak involved this thing weighs a ton too!

Now, I gotta go get smart on this whole fuming process everybody else seems to know about!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#12 posted 04-11-2011 02:10 PM

Beautiful work.

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#13 posted 04-11-2011 05:25 PM

Wow, looks identical to the one Pekovich made. The finish looks great as well!

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 05:31 PM

Love the finish. I’d like to match the color in a piece I’m working on. Is the Transtint the dark mission brown, and at what dilution? Thanks

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#15 posted 04-11-2011 07:43 PM

I obviously love this style and this piece is no exception. Great look and great craftsmanship!


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