Cherry Shelf and Lighting (bigger pictures)

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 02-03-2007 04:50 PM 2267 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The same client I did the kitchen for has commissioned me to make other projects around the house with the cherry theme. Very contemporary. No hardware, clean lines, lots of natural cherry color.

The first picture is the shelf I made that floats on in a piece of glass. The other two pieces are lighting accents. His ceiling is concrete so we had to figure a way to use one junction box for many lights. I used a piece of mdf that was routed identically to the top of the cherry to make room for wires and such. The smaller one is just a finished piece of cherry with a hole in it, but simple is good.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 02-03-2007 06:14 PM

Thomas, very nice work. I really like cherry. I like the clean lines of these projects.


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#2 posted 02-03-2007 06:42 PM

The cherry makes a very nice accent on the concrete ceiling.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 02-03-2007 06:43 PM

Beautiful work. Can you take bigger pictures in the future? It makes my face wrinkle when I have to squint.

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#4 posted 02-04-2007 12:00 AM

Yeah, bigger pics would be cool. But those ideas on the lights are cool. How did you hang the shelf on the mirror?

-- Jim, Michigan

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#5 posted 02-04-2007 05:43 AM

Okay… changed to bigger pictures. P.S. – It’s not on a mirror. It’s in between to paynes of glass. The space in the middle is open. It’s two cherry boxes that compress against one another. The hardware is hidden.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#6 posted 02-04-2007 05:52 AM

Nice, Thomas. I don’t have access to cherry here – at least I don’t think I do. Will check it out when next at my lumber supplier, because you guys are showing so much of it. I love the color and simple grain.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 02-04-2007 02:04 PM

what a creative way to make a display shelf.. Very very unique.

I too love cherry – I have an antique sitting room set (from my great-grandfather’s house) and it has been finished to perfection. When everything in the house was being sold, I said “I AM taking that!!!” Sometimes I just go and sit on the furniture and run my hands along the wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-05-2007 01:48 AM

Very nice Thomas.
I have never used Cherry, I always stick with the native wood in this area. Our lumber yards never seemed to stock it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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