Barn Board Cupboard

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 12-10-2010 06:13 PM 3282 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a few things with barn board, and wanted to try something different so I designed a small cupboard.

I thought the cupboard would work out best if it was the width of the boards, which is 5 1/2” and with large box joints on the top. So the two sides and the top are box-jointed (also called finger-jointed) on the table saw. They will look great for this rustic style, especially when large and chunky.

The length of each side will be 23” and since my pieces had a 45 deg. cut on the bottom edge, I left them that way (you can see that in the final photo).

A dado is run on each side for the bottom to fit into.

I’m just designing as I go because I CAN.

I also decided to have a log branch as a towel holder across the bottom, so I drilled out the 1 1/4” diameter size of my log near the bottom of each side and about 1/2” deep.

Here are the pieces all laid out:

Here it is glued together showing the bottom towel holder:

There will be a door on the front and a middle shelf inside. The door panel was made by gluing two pieces together. It looked plain by itself so I felt the need to router a design on it… how about a barn star?

I drew the star on the door panel and used a “V” bit in the router, here it is partially done:

When it was finished I put some watery brown paint in the raw cut lines.

Then I routed out a ledge on the back edges to fit in a piece of 1/8” thick plywood for the back. I nailed a shelf in from the sides … something I would never do with any project other than rustic barn wood! (I hope my cabinetmaking teacher forgives me for this)

And I added a little homemade toggle opening and black metal hinges and knob.

This cupboard is heavy and solid, is one-of-a-kind, and would look great in any room. The finished size is about 13 3/4” wide x 23” tall x 5 1/2” deep.

Hope you like it.
I appreciate comments and questions!

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 07:11 PM

This is great Julie. I love the rustic look. You did a great job with it…excellent ingenuity. Very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 08:25 PM

Love this blog. I especially like the “exploded view” of all the parts layed out. Nice job on this one Julie! It will sell quickly. I am sure of it. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 08:59 PM

I love these old wall cupboards or medicine cabs
Very rustic looking using the reclaimed wood, love the star, nice job.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 12-10-2010 09:20 PM

That came out great! Just my style. (I mean a style I like, not a style I make) ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 09:51 PM

Yay for recycled outdoors wood!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 11:34 PM

For such “raw” stock, you really turned out a beautiful project !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 06:06 AM

Very nice piece Julie, It’s a warm look.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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