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Project by gtpreacher posted 11-07-2012 02:11 AM 2786 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was made for a friend whose wife passed away nearly three years ago. He wanted something to place in the church as a memorial to her. He chose the plan and the lumber and served as my helper in the shop as we worked on the cupboard. It is all 3/4 solid oak except for the back, which is oak plywood. The project took nearly a year to complete, since we were able to work only on Friday afternoons, and often scheduling conflicts prevented even that. We finally finished it in October and dedicated it in the church on All Saints’ Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. It will be used to store and display leaflets and other materials for visitors to the church.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 03:00 AM

Very very nice work.

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 05:26 AM

Very beautiful memorial

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 08:11 AM

Wonderful project and memorial

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 12:46 PM

Yes, a great piece. Glad you got to work together to get it done. God Bless.

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 01:05 PM

looks good phil….


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#6 posted 11-07-2012 03:18 PM

This reminds me of an antique piece in my Grandparents’ old farmhouse. Really beautiful and so nice of you to include your friend in the process.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 03:51 PM

What a wonderful piece. Growing up as a Methodist preacher’s kid I can assure you that thoughtful gifts such as these to the church as treasured as the years go by. I hope there is a name plate on it somewhere.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 07:16 PM

To KYJeepGuy: Yes, there is a plaque and my maker’s mark on the inside of the door.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 08:09 PM

Beautiful work, Phil. Great attention to detail by incorporating tapered feed and lamb’s tongue edge. The color and uniformity of the stain is excellent!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#10 posted 11-07-2012 08:53 PM

Excellent Project! Great Job!!!!


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 01:09 AM

Looks great! Thanks for posting.
- Jay

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#12 posted 11-08-2012 03:15 PM

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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