closer every day

lower case

Well, let’s see. Need to wedge the drawer pulls. One turning to go on the bottom drawer & 2 initials flanking it. Some touch-up color here & there, then oil it. Most recent additions were the feet and the base molding.

JA’s miter box

When I got this miter box from Jennie Alexander I tried to sell it. I’m so glad it didn’t work. It’s heavy & bulky and I rarely use it. But when I do, I’m glad I have it. That’s the front piece of molding for the base. I was kicking myself for not making an extra full-length piece. I kept thinking “if I cut this too short, I have to rive a new piece. plane it, dry it, cut the molding, then paint 2 coats of black on it.” I cut it the right length. Whew.

nailing it on

It’s glued & nailed. I don’t know why I glued it too – just been gluing so many things on I guess. Some of the original cupboards from this shop never had a base molding. They look better with it. Right now the feet are just fitted in, it was late in the day & the shop was getting cool, so I didn’t want to glue them until the next time the stove’s running. Another session I shifted to the upper case. I turned new versions of the pilasters that flank the door. The first set would have worked, but they were a bit heavier than these. I’m glad I re-did them. A lot of work, but worth it.

front pilasters

Then the small turned “drops” – these are also glued & “sprigged” on. I used 7/8″ cut nails instead of handmade iron sprigs. I even snipped them shorter. They just prick into the panel. There are 1″ round button shapes coming to go under these 3 spindles.

adding turned decoration

Today I was sorting oak panels for the drawer bottoms. When I made the drawers I just put some of the bottoms in place, mostly to keep the drawers square. So now begins the task of filling them in. I need about 150″ of width. 2 drawers at 39″ wide, 2 at 36″. The panels vary from about 7″ wide to just over 10″. Many taper in their width. so it’s a bit of a puzzle. They finish about 3/8″-7/16″ thick. First thing tomorrow is plane sharpening.

sorting drawer bottom stock

(here’s more detail on the drawer bottoms – in that post I made the same comment about the miter box!)

(pt 32 Essex County cupboard project 2021/22)

4 thoughts on “closer every day

  1. Peter, I have been following your project, very impressive. It has most likely taken you more time to make and apply the ornamentation than the time to craft the basic carcass. I truly admire your woodwork as accomplished like it was done in the colonial times of the 17th century.

  2. Hi Peter,

    Fantastic work – I’ve been enjoying this narrative!

    Some questions – you mentioned gluing bits and pieces lately and you mentioned above that your shop was cool and you were going to wait till you had the shop stove running. Is this because you’re using hot hide glue? If so, what brand and proportions are you using? Do you have an electric glue pot? Probably not, but I thought I’d ask anyway. If you are using hot hide glue, just curious on your working methods in a shop with intermittent heat.

    • I use Patrick Edwards’ Old Brown Glue mostly – and no, no electric pot. In the winter, I just put the bottle in a pot of water on the stove. I don’t measure the temperature (I probably should) but try to get it warm but not too hot. In the warmer months, I use an electric hot plate & extension cord from the house. In summer, a sunny window. None of it very scientific I’m afraid.

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