Cherry Credenza

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Project by packsaw posted 07-30-2013 06:18 AM 1843 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a cherry credenza (sideboard) for my wife’s 30th birthday. It was my first project of this size, and there were many lessons learned, but we ended up being very happy with the result. It’s all solid cherry, except for the drawers, which are made of some hickory that I had lying around the shop. The shelves on either side are designed to hold wine bottles, the entire thing can hold about two cases, though I wouldn’t let my wife pack it full of wine until the cherry had a little time to color and the poly had a little time to cure. I didn’t get the third pull put on before I took the first picture; that’s why it’s missing.

It’s finished with between 4 and 7 coats of rag on polyurethane thinned with turpentine, the first few coats were wet sanded during application up to 400 grit. The last coat set for a few days and then I put on two coats of clear wax using 0000 steel wool.

I’m happy to send along a sketchup model or more photos, just send me a message.

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 11:51 AM

Very nice credenza, you did a really good job. smooth straight lines and design and beautiful finish. You have to be really happy with the end result…

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

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 02:32 PM

Cool design,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 07:59 PM

Nice. I really like the design.

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 12:56 AM

Great job! I bet the wife loves it!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 02:11 AM

That sideboard looks great! Can I take you up on your offer for the sketchup plans/model?
I think this may be my next project, I love working with Cherry!
Thanks for getting me fired up to get back in the shop!

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 05:40 AM

@nittanylion, I’d be glad to send along a design. Unfortunately I’m a LJ newbie and can’t send a message until I have a few posts. private message me an email address and I will send along the sketchup model.

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 05:39 PM

It looks great. Like the design and the cherry, very nice drawers and wine racks. Great job!

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#8 posted 08-02-2013 07:30 PM

Really nice job

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 05:52 AM

Very nice. I would like to build one myself.
Could you send me the plans please?

-- Jordo

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