Sunday, January 20, 2008

Finished Cupboard

Here is a photo of the finished reproduction Ephrata Cloister cupboard alongside the original. Some parts of the door (the handle for one) on my version are thicker pieces of wood because I was concerned that the wood might split when I drove the dowels in.

At right are close ups of the bottom corners.

If anyone would like to have a cut list and construction notes for the cupboard, send me an email: goodwoodworkshop@comcast.net. One reader was interested in plans, so I'll write them up in pdf format.

22 comments:

Shazza said...

Wow - that came out really great VC! Nice job!!!

Anonymous said...

Terrific! I like the simple designs much more then the more ornate. Things are often nicest when the simply are what they are! Thanks for this.

The Village Carpenter said...

Thanks! : )

Roger N said...

Excellent work! I've just come across your fine blog and see lots of interesting stuff.
Do you have some info on that plane in Osage Orange on the sidebar?

The Village Carpenter said...

Thanks Roger! What would you like to know about the plane?

The Village Carpenter said...

I forgot—I did write some information about that plane in the September 17, 2007 post. If you would like to know anything else, just let me know.

Roger N said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't scroll down far enough. I've always wanted to do a plane in Osage Orange but yours is the first I've seen. The details are awesome.

The Village Carpenter said...

Osage Orange will holler at you if you plane it in the wrong direction, but boy, does it ever hold a nice edge.

Chris Schwarz said...

The only fault I can see is that your reveal on the top edge of the door is too perfect. You need to take an ax to the top edge of your door and really mung it up.

Other than that, excellent piece.

Chris

The Village Carpenter said...

Maybe I should spread peanut butter on it and let my dogs have at it...

Ace said...

Boy, that really came out nice. I finish most of the things I build with oil and wax, if it was good enough for furniture that has lasted thru the years it's good enough for me. I love it when someone sees one of my pieces and starts stroking it.

I ordered a copy of "The Village Carpenter" today and I eagerly await it's arrival.

The Village Carpenter said...

Thanks, Ace. I agree with you about an oil/wax finish. Just beautiful and impossible not to touch.

Enjoy the book!

johnjoiner said...

Nice piece, VC.

The figure is so subdued in the original. Were you able to tell what kind of wood was used? Is it quarter-sawn?

The Village Carpenter said...

John, I'm guessing it's poplar or maple, since the grain is so subtle, but I'm not positive. I saw the original in person some time ago but didn't inspect the wood closely.

It looks nicer with the more subtle grain. The grain in the one I made is a distraction and I should have used a different species.

Al said...

ace,

WHERE did you find a coipy for less than $100??? It is looking more and more as if I might have to order it from the U.K.

I will wait to hear from you :) .

The Village Carpenter said...

Wow, I had no idea it was selling for that much! It was given to me as a present. (I hope I was a gracious enough recipient). I just checked amazon and there is a used one for $25.25.

The Village Carpenter said...

Just checked, and that book cost $18 a year ago. Not sure when the price jumped. Sorry!

Al said...

NO reason whatsoever to be sorry, VC. Well, maybe yes, in that you have just driven up the price to...maybe over $200 :) .

This is to let everyone know that I may have just bought the last copy for under $100, and it is coming from the U.K. So, as VC has suggested, look around, and be patient.

The Village Carpenter said...

Correction, that book cost $9.95 a year ago...

Stefan said...
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Dave Armishaw said...

That is an amazing piece of furniture, and I think you've improved on the original; the wood has more texture. Very nice.

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