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Hocking Valley Corn Sheller Restoration

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Blog series by wdkits1 updated 05-23-2010 02:39 AM 4 parts 13922 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Before Pics

05-10-2010 09:18 PM by wdkits1 | 3 comments »

Hi everyoneAs most of you know I love scrolling and creating intarsia but in order to keep the doors open at midlothian woodworks I also do custom woodworking , furniture repair and restoration work. so here are a few photos of my newest restoration project.These are the “before ” pics of a Hocking Valley corn sheller(circa 1900) that I have been commissioned to rebuild and make functional.I will be using quarter-sawn white oak for the wood. Should be a fun project. Legs have b...

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Part 2: Building the frame

05-14-2010 06:37 PM by wdkits1 | 4 comments »

When I first took on this project I was going to use white oak for the woodwork, but after talking to the owner and getting permission to also do the original paint job I decided to go with the materials that were used in the original—maple for the frame and poplar for the box. After sizing all of the frame components to 1 3/4” x 2 1/8” and cutting to the proper lengths I began with turning the 2 small handles. There are a lot of mortise and tenon joints used to hold th...

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Part 3: --The box

05-19-2010 08:16 PM by wdkits1 | 5 comments »

After finishing the cuts for the frame and making sure that everything goes together nicely I went to my local Woodcraft and found a real nice piece of 5/4 poplar to use for the sides of the project. All of the original pieces were a full 1” thick so I needed the 5/4 stock. The piece I found was 8 ft long and 15 ” wide with no knots or green streaks. A perfect find for this project. I needed 2 pieces 9 1/2” x 22” for the bottom sections and 2 pieces 9”x 21̶...

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Part 4: Mission Accomplished

05-23-2010 02:39 AM by wdkits1 | 11 comments »

When I first took on this project I had my doubts whether or not I could get it to work. After doing a bit of research and finding some good photos of the original corn sheller it was obvious to me that this was going to be a fun little project which would test many of my skills. The only thing that my client wanted was for me to make it functional but I did talk him into letting me do the original paint job as I thought would really add a lot to the over-all looks of the project. These are...

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