Continuing from yesterday Shutter and Pallet Wood Cupboard - Part 1
I’m going to dry fit the sides and back in order to measure for the shelf and bottom.
As you can see, this is like putting a puzzle together, it’s very creative and mathematically challenging, two things I enjoy!
I need to put dadoes in the sides and back where the middle shelf and bottom panel will be.
I am using my 3/8” diameter router bit and my router table. The middle shelf groove is about 12” down from the top, the bottom groove needs to be precisely made so that the bottom panel will meet the top of the bottom rail. (this will make more sense when you see the 3rd photo down)
Once all the dadoes are done the space has to be measured for the exact size of the bottom panel as well as the middle shelf. They both will fit into the dadoes as well as around the corners of the legs. Here is the bottom piece clamped in place:
You can see in the next photo how the bottom panel will fit up against the front bottom rail. There is a slight space there but once it is glued and clamped it will appear as if it is one continuous piece of wood from the back of the shelf to the front:
The middle shelf will come out to just behind where the shutter door will fit, that way when the door is closed the back of it will touch up against the middle shelf:
The only parts glued so far are the back panel glued to the back legs. Next I will have to think about making a top piece plus two top support pieces that sit in the dadoes at the top. The top will screw into those pieces from inside the cupboard.
I laid it on it’s back and glued the pieces together and clamped it up:
This is something you need more than two hands for as there are a lot of spots to glue and places to insert pieces and well… if you’ve done it before, you know what I mean, it can cause a polite girl to swear!
It definitely needs a lot of clamps with pressure at the right spots:
The top is simply made with three widths of pallet wood glued together.
I was going to paint the cupboard white, but I liked the grain on the legs and didn’t want to cover it. So, I coated the inside and out with clear shellac .I painted the shutter with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in the color “Provence” distressed it and then finished it with a coat of clear wax.
You can see holes from the previous use of the pallet wood, as well as different types of wood, although most looks like pine. There’s a wood toggle to keep the door closed in keeping with the simplicity of design.
It’s a one-of-a-kind piece.
-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca