Friday, December 28, 2007

Ephrata Cloister Cupboard

Work has been stressful lately, so I did myself a favor and went out to my shop last night to start a new project. I chose something simple, something that I can pick away at as I find a spare 30 minutes, and something which requires a lot of handtools. Using handtools is instant therapy.

I have visited the Ephrata Cloister 3 times, and each time, I can't take my eyes off this hanging cupboard*. I find it very charming with its rough joinery, wooden hinges, and unfinished wood. It looks a bit like something you might find in Bilbo Baggins' house. You aren't allowed to take pictures at the Cloister so I found an image of it, along with outside dimensions, in a book.

I've been saving some pieces of wormy chestnut for just the right project and this seemed like a perfect match. I milled all the lumber and started on rough dimensions for the door, which required the use of handplanes, spokeshave and pocket knife. I'm trying to be as authentic as possible to try to make it look like the original. What a fun project! I can feel the knots in my neck subsiding already.

*Hanging cupboard built c. 1750-1760.


Anonymous said...

Will you be using your rougher?


Kari Hultman said...

Well, Mom, I have a smoothing plane but not a "roughing" plane. Can I borrow yours?

Shazza said...

That is a neat looking cabinet. I hope you take some pictures of this work in progress, it will be nice to see how it moves along!

Glad it's helping to ease your stress too!!!

Frontier Carpenter said...

I love furniture like this! It has a soul unlike store bought machined to high tolerance furniture. In a life full of rules and deadlines it’s nice to make furniture by hand, your way, at your pace. Cant wait to see your version.

Kari Hultman said...

I'm with you, Ron! We're two birds of a feather. ; )

Unknown said...

By the way, I tagged in a meme that involves fibbing.