Curly Cherry Highboy

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Project by Dexter1 posted 01-25-2014 04:57 PM 1331 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is probably the piece of furniture that got me most interested in woodworking years ago. In 1976 during the Bi-Centennial, two friends, my wife at 5 months into her pregnancy of our first child and I went to Williamsburg, Monticello and Philadelphia for vacation. While in Philadelphia we went to the Franklin Institute. They had and still have a great collection of Philadelphia style period furniture. There were many highboys on display and several similar to this style. I liked this proportions and less decorated features of this style. Never did I imagine time would allow me to someday make one. It was built last year. All the cherry lumber in the piece, accept for the drawer fronts, was from trees I cut down on fence rows on our property. The finished is Moser Rustic Amber Maple water based dye, a thinned coat of orange shellac (these two steps really make the color look aged immediately) and a hand applied oil mixture topped with Renaissance wax. It stands in my daughters bedroom. She’s grown and on her own now and the thing has never been used. Just another item to add to the inevitable estate sale someday along with all the tools that made it.

-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 04:58 PM

This is such a beautiful piece. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#2 posted 01-25-2014 06:20 PM

Beautiful. Just, beautiful!

I hope to someday make a similar piece. Based on my (lack of) progress, it’ll never happen. But I keep hoping’ . . .

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 06:36 PM

Another fine Piece ,beautiful high boy,great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 07:29 PM

It’s a shame it isn’t being used, want me to come pick it up? ;) It looks great! Glad you joined us.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 08:07 PM

Nice piece of work. If I lived closer Iʻd come pick it up.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 08:24 PM

That is a major accomplishment! Don’t worry, it will get used in due time…

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 08:50 PM

Wow, that is a fantastic piece! great job, sure you spent a few hours on it..

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 01:04 AM

Nice heirloom!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 04:33 PM

Just creating one of those legs would be considered a masterpiece in my world. Beautifully done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 09:25 PM

As with your other pieces…absolute beautiful, Rex. I love this style of furniture. Thanks for posting and I added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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