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    Server/Buffet in Cherry & Curly Maple

    This has been nearly finished for quite a while. I had a misadventure with the alignment of one of the doors. I needed a long cooling-off period after my first couple of attempts failed to fix the problem.

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    I used the plan for the bottom unit of the Country Hutch by Martin Milkovits in Fine Woodworking. It replaces a cheap one we bought in 1982, when I started my first real job, teaching at Ohio State.

    The wood for the side panels came from some leftover cherry flooring I got from a friend of a friend.

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    The top is made of three pieces. The outer two are from one board, the center from another.

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    I deviated from the plan and used soft-close, full-extension slides for the drawers and for trays behind the doors.

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    The finish is just home-made WOP over BLO.

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    Very nice Jay! I like the contrasting panels.
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    Great looking piece of "Fine Furniture".
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    Curly panels go well with the simple lines - nicely done!

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    Very nice.
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    Very nice-- my favorite combination!

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    Jay, well done. I did the Milkovits piece a few years ago - the plans are excellent. I, too, had problems with aligning the doors with the hinges. I still live with a slightly off door...it looks like you nailed it!

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    I absolutely love it. I am a huge fan of combining contrasting woods. Well done.

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    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!
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    That is totally beautiful! Great design and execution.

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    Beautiful piece, Jay. The contrast is perfect. Love the character in the side panels a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rainey View Post
    I did the Milkovits piece a few years ago - the plans are excellent. I, too, had problems with aligning the doors with the hinges. I still live with a slightly off door...it looks like you nailed it!
    I found the Milkovits plans through your post. Thanks!

    My suspicion regarding the doors is that the front of the piece is not sufficiently rigid. I put it on its back and laid the doors in place to mark for the hinges. They fit perfectly. I installed the hinges. Still perfect. But when I set it back on its feet, one door was off.

    I don't know what I would do about that though, if I were to make another.

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    Thanks all for your encouraging words!


    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    Love the character in the side panels a lot.
    Our family is fond of that kind of character in cherry.

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    I'm late to the love fest, but let me add my congratulations, too, for a beautiful piece.

    Before you finish your next cherry piece, try leaving out the BLO on a side by side sample with the rest of your finish schedule. Or try spraying a coat of dewaxed shellac followed by your topcoat. Just a suggestion and in no way any criticism of this piece.

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    Nicely done Jay.

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