I made a stepback cupboard out of pine. I finished it with milk paint – barn red on the outside, mustard on the inside.
I used Glenn Huey’s plans for the Diminutive Dish Cupboard in “Building 18th-Century American Furniture” to guide the project, but I made a lot of changes. The most apparent is that I didn’t build a glass door for the top.
This was my first time making mouldings by hand. It was also my first time making frame and panel doors. First time making a tongue and groove back as well. So, it was a good skill-building project.
Below are a few in progress photos. It didn’t have mouldings or the back yet.
I mistook this for a Broad-winged Hawk, until someone on Flickr corrected me. It is a Cooper’s Hawk.
Baton Rouge, Lousiana
I made a simple star ornament out of maple and walnut.
I made a Shaker swing handle carrier. It was my first time making one.
Here are some things I messed up:
- I should have made the swallowtails line up off-center. Since they are centered, and the handle is centered, I had to drill through them to attach the handle. I think it would look better to have the swallowtails to the side of the handle.
- There are wood spacers between the handle and the box. They are made from drilling into the end of a dowel and then sawing it into thin pieces. I only had a maple dowel of the right size. It looks okay, but to match the box, I’ll get a cherry dowel for the next time.
- It would have been better to apply finish to box before attaching the handle.