Cherry Display Case

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Project by GT350 posted 06-10-2013 08:50 PM 1629 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this book/display case out of cherry. I didn’t stain it, the finish is oil based polyurethane, it will be interesting to see how dark it gets as it ages. The glass doors are 3/16”, beveled and tempered.
This is the first project I have made out of cherry, I think I found a new favorite wood to work with.

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 09:24 PM

very nice display case. I have some cherry that I have sitting in the sun. After all the cuts of course and assembly. I flip it over once a day and will do so for about a month making sure it does not warp. but as the wood is very dry and the weather is not conducive to warping at present i see no problem. It is darkening up nicely.After it reaches a shade I am happy with I will spray on a few coats of lacquer.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 11:30 PM

Wow, beautiful Display cabinet…... an excellent piece of furniture and craftsmanship….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 06-11-2013 12:35 AM

Very good job!!

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 03:44 AM

A beautiful piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 12:03 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 02:39 PM

Very nice work. I like the design of your cabinet and the workmanship. I agree that cherry is a pleasure to work with. I made some furniture for my office using cherry for the tops and left it natural. I finished it with a very clear 2# cut shellac. It has been about six months and it is aging nicely in the ambient light from my widows. I have been careful not to lay anything on top so that I don’t create a permanent shadow.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 06:18 PM

The color on cherry is beautiful.
It’s my current fave too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 04:01 AM

Thanks for all the compliments, I enjoyed doing this project and I am happy how it turned out. I don’t find the woodworking difficult to do, what I find difficult and end up spending a lot of time on is the design of the project.

Bill, I know what you are talking about with the shadows, if you look close at the drawers you will see two small light spots on each drawer at the top. I had tape attached to the inside and sticking out so I could open them, the sun was shining in through the window and left light spots. The are darkening slowly though.


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#10 posted 06-14-2013 04:37 PM

Great looking and well crafted display case! Like the cherry and design especially the legs. This will become a great family heirloom for sure. Great job!

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#11 posted 06-19-2013 06:26 PM

This is beautiful! I love to work with cherry. Anything I can clear coat and not worry about staining is a winner for me. Someone I bought lumber from told me that the smell of cherry saw dust has a similar effect on your brain as cocaine…I looke at my boyfriend and told him that’s what’s wrong with me, why I can’t stay out of the shop lol.

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#12 posted 06-20-2013 04:28 AM

Again, thanks. Fishinbo, I went back and forth on what to do for the base and finally settled on these legs. I never did them before but I found some plans in Woodsmith and they were time consuming but pretty straight forward to build. Shelly, I agree with you about staining, that is one part of the project I can do without. I like the color now and I think it will just get better with time.

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#13 posted 06-20-2013 04:58 AM

How much was the glass? It is a beautiful project well done I am currently making 2 display cabinets for my nieghbor and this inspires me to keep going

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#14 posted 06-20-2013 12:47 PM

The glass was $140 for the two pieces. I found the tempering was only about $5.00 each, the expensive part was the beveling. I thought about not having it beveled but I was trying to match the beveled drawers and I thought it wouldn’t look right if I beveled the door frames like I did the drawers.

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#15 posted 06-21-2013 02:11 PM

I tend to have trouble with sanding through the stain when I am sanding between coats of finish…I am an over sander lol.

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