Instant Heirloom

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Project by Weaver posted 327 days ago 1335 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started close to a year ago when my best friend informed me that he and his wife were expecting their first child.
I wanted to make something for the baby, which lead to a discussion about some of my friend’s grandfather’s lumber which his family still had in storage.

The Lumber was rough cut 8/4 cherry that had been cut from the family land just outside of Punxsutawney, PA and had been “drying” above Papa’s garage for 40+ years…..
We discussed project ideas and came up with a Craftsman Style bookcase.

Spent a lot of time resawing and dimensioning the boards and found some great figure in the wood.
All mortice and tenon construction. Only mechanical fasteners are the clips holding the shelve to the shelf supports.
Finished with Danish Oil, two coats of wipe on shellac and then waxed with Johnson’s…

Was a lot of fun to make and the gift was well received.

Thanks for looking.

-- Ken, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 327 days ago

You have some lucky friends, that is beautiful wood framed just right!

-- Dan P.

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#2 posted 327 days ago

Great job!

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#3 posted 327 days ago

Agreed: instant heirloom! Absolutely beautiful cherry and very nice construction.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 327 days ago

Nice work always feels good to make something special for friends.

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#5 posted 327 days ago

WOW! The grain is outrageous! Nice job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 326 days ago

A very beautiful piece! That Cherry has some amazing figure in it. I am sure that the bookcase will be cherished for years to come. Great Job!

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#7 posted 326 days ago

A great story & the project turned out awesome.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#8 posted 326 days ago

Very nice. I agree with your title.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 326 days ago

Nice use of that beautiful Cherry : )

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

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#10 posted 326 days ago

Very nice piece, Ken. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 326 days ago

Great job and great story. My cousin had a baby shower where all the guests were asked to bring a favorite childhood book to fill the baby’s new bookcase. The bookcase was from IKEA – so you got them beat by miles and miles.

-- Leafherder

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