Crabtree Woodworks

Custom Wood Furniture / handmade in Wichita, Kansas

Figured Cherry quilt case. Kind of Art Deco style

I have a good friend whose mother is quite a quilter. He asked if I would help him make her a quilt case for her birthday. He picked out and purchased some outstanding figured cherry from one of my wood suppliers. After we got it back to the shop, I showed him how to mill and straighten the rough lumber getting it ready for structure. He then decided on the pieces of  lumber to use for the case front and sides.  I showed him mortise and tenon joinery  then let him go on the table saw and mortising machine, We tried several different trim ideas until he decided on one. He developed the curves for the front window and bottom leg skirt. which he cut on the bandsaw. I only took over tasks he did not feel comfortable with.  After construction was complete we applied  Watco dark walnut oil with several hand applied coats of clear satin., then a final wax. He did final prep on glass cleaning, ect. After showing how to use the tools, he cut thru dovetails on the base that came out very nice.  All in all his mother can be sure he built this himself. My hardest task was to keep my ideas to myself , keep my mouth shut and let his imagination and skill build this case. This was his brainchild , Great Job Paul!!!!.

Happy birthday Vi!!!

Here are some pics showing my friend Paul cutting mortises, dovetails, and edging lumber for this project.

After a couple of weekends and a few here and there  week nights , the project was finished. He hid  it from her in her own basement before presenting it to her on her birthday.

After he presented it to her she couldn’t wait to fill it with quilts.


4 comments on “Figured Cherry quilt case. Kind of Art Deco style

  1. Shelly Beilman
    May 8, 2012

    What a great quilt case!! It’s nice to see Paul working!!! He has learned from the master!!

    • Crabtree Woodworks
      May 8, 2012

      We had a lot of fun building this, I’m sure there’s more in the future. Nice to hear from you Shelly.

  2. Elaine Schlosser
    November 23, 2020

    Interested in quilt curio cabinet with glass.
    Contact us at
    Thank you.

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