Around the Shop #5: A Rustic Corner Cupboard

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Blog entry by Don W posted 12-01-2012 10:18 PM 1653 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Another weekend of some Flea Market finds. Part 5 of Around the Shop series Part 6: Xmas Plate Rack »

This morning my wife decided what she wanted to do with an oak door we bought some time ago at a flea market. She wanted a rustic corner cupboard to hold some crocks.

Now it was a bit chilly today here in the north east and I’ve got some white oak lumber to stack, but a nice fire in the new woodstove in the shop sounded like a really good idea. Out to the shop to find some rustic lumber.

So the vision…...

Now I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have, but I think you can follow along.

The side trim is a few pieces of hand hewn beam I resawed a while ago. Basically I was just playing with the saw mill at the time. So I needed to split one in half. The Walker Turner seemed the perfect solution.

Also had to clean up some of the edges on this old lumber so out came the #9 1/2. Most of this my son found in an old barn he was working in. It all worked out perfect.

The rest is basic old lumber clean up, and my orders were “nothing fancy, I like it rustic”.

Over the course of the day it just kind of came together. I’ve still got some hinges to hange, and some minor clean up to do, but here is one xmas present down!

The Project is now located here.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 10:34 PM

Nice work Don.Its awesome when you can get in the zone and turn out a quick project.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 10:35 PM

what a great one day project, now where are the crocks…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 11:34 PM

Thats a cool project.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 12-02-2012 12:00 AM

Looks great Don.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 12-02-2012 12:02 AM

It always amazes me how quickly you put these things together Don. Great work.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 12-02-2012 01:38 AM

Super! No plans or cut sheets jusy your great imagination. You are some smart DUD.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 12-02-2012 01:45 AM

You are pretty darned good at building in the rustic/country style. Right in your wheel house. It looks great and since it came together in like, 3 pictures, I figure it couldn’t have taken you more than 20 minutes, given your speed and turn times. Well done.

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#8 posted 12-02-2012 03:24 AM

Love it!

I take a similar approach to my projects, yet mine never seem to turn out as well as yours.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#9 posted 12-02-2012 03:35 AM

Don, good stuff! I’m green here, thinking of the resaw and rustic you have at the ready! Good project, and yes completion always feels great. She’ll love it. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 10:35 AM

Oops! That’s DUDE, not DUD. Sorry.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#11 posted 12-02-2012 12:31 PM

Thanks everyone. She is scouring the planet now for the perfect set of rusty hinges. As I said the design transformed. I originally put a frame top and bottom but that was redesigned for a simpler look by my designer. The number of shelves wasn’t decided until the frame was up.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 11:06 AM

Already looks three hundred years old Don. Glad to see you could give some old timber a new life.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 12-04-2012 12:44 AM

Don you impressed my wife. Good stuff. Now you have me thinking.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 12-04-2012 06:02 AM

Don this thing is going to look great! Rustic but with a nice artistic feel to it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 12-07-2012 03:12 PM

I agree. I want to look into this a bit more.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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