18th Century corner cupboard

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Project by Fred Hargis posted 07-05-2013 09:45 PM 2366 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may be the only thing I’ve ever built that may someday be an heirloom. This cabinet is widely publicized, and I choose one of Lonnie Bird’s articles to use as a guide. There were some errors in the dimensions forcing me to make the bottom door twice, but in the end I got it worked out. The original was built out of walnut, but I chose cherry. The original was also taller buy 9-10” or so, but the lower ceilings of today’s housing made me think a little shorter would be good. So my cabinet has 12 lights instead of the 15 the original had. I especially enjoyed making the moldings, these are all built up and gave my router table quite a workout. I’d like to build another one, doing some things differently than Lonnie wrote into his version. The finish I used was simply garnet shellac. I sprayed the outside, and padded the inside.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 10:32 PM

the booking may not be perfect but the craftsmanship does exel on this federal era piece.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 10:52 PM

It’s very nice. You’re right about the heirloom. This is the kind of thing I would like to build, but can’t afford to just make for fun, so it would need to be a commission.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 11:47 PM

Very nice piece of furniture!!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 11:53 PM

Absolutely amazing. Beautiful cabinet, most assuredly will be an heirloom, no doubt about it. Great build, thans for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 12:49 AM

Quite a beautiful cabinet. Definitely headed for heirloom status!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-06-2013 01:27 AM

Wow!!...Absolutely beautiful corner cabinet, definitely an heirloom piece of furniture….Amazing craftsmanship. Definitely my favorite for today.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 07-06-2013 01:45 AM


Your corner cabinet is definitely heirloom quality. We hope you will make enough heirloom pieces so your heirs won’t have to squabble over this one!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 07-06-2013 05:46 AM

It looks fabulous in cherry. Lots of precision work on this one. Nice craftsmanship. I hope to make this one day.

-- Ben in Va

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#9 posted 07-06-2013 10:32 AM

what an achievement. It is gorgeous. it surely will be passed thru the generations. ( if not send it to me!!! :-) )

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#10 posted 07-06-2013 11:27 AM

This is a fine piece. You’ve done an outstanding job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-06-2013 08:19 PM

All your effort really paid off here. That is a wonderful piece of furniture. You did a great job on it.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#12 posted 07-06-2013 09:49 PM

Very nice Fred. Beautiful interpretation.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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