Thursday, December 9, 2010

Barn Board Cupboard

I've made a few things with barn board, and wanted to try something different so I designed a small cupboard.





I thought the cupboard would work out best if it was the width of the boards, which is 5 1/2" and with large box joints on the top. So the two sides and the top are box-jointed (also called finger-jointed) on the table saw. They will look great for this rustic style, especially when large and chunky.

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The length of each side will be 23" and since my pieces had a 45 deg. cut on the bottom edge, I left them that way (you can see that in the final photo).

A dado is run on each side for the bottom to fit into.


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I'm just designing as I go because I CAN.

I also decided to have a log branch as a towel holder across the bottom, so I drilled out the 1 1/4" diameter size of my log near the bottom of each side and about 1/2" deep.

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Here are the pieces all laid out:

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Here it is glued up:

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There will be a door on the front and a middle shelf inside.  The door panel was made by gluing two pieces together.  It looked plain by itself so I felt the need to router a design on it.  How about a barn star, influenced by the fabulous blogger Donna at Funky Junk Interiors  

I drew the star on the door panel and used a "V" bit in the router, here it is partially done:

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When it was finished I put some watery brown paint in the raw cut lines.
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Then I routed out a ledge on the back edges to fit in a piece of 1/8" thick plywood for the back. I nailed a shelf in from the sides ... something I would never do with any project other than rustic barn wood! (I hope my cabinetmaking teacher forgives me for this)

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And I added a little homemade toggle opening and black metal hinges and knob.

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This cupboard is heavy and solid, is one-of-a-kind, and would look great in any room. The finished size is about 13 3/4" wide x 23" tall x 5 1/2" deep.

 

Linking to:

Knick of Time

Funky Junk Interiors Sat Nite Special
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Friday
Repurposed Life Catch as Catch Can
Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase
Tools are for Women Too Link Party
Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday
Blue Cricket Show and Tell
Sisters of the Wild West

Everything I make is for sale, so if you see something you like, please contact me.

14 comments:

  1. What a fabulous piece, Julie! I'm incredibly honored to have 'my star' on your door. :)

    V bit in the router... I can't visualize that. Is this a little hand held router you glide along freehand? Sorry... woodwork challenged here.

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  2. Very nice julie. The design and construction manages to balance rough and rustic with design and style. I'm sure many people would like that in their house.

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  3. For Donna and others who may be interested:
    The router is a small one with a 12” x 18” plexiglass base. You draw the pattern on the wood and follow it by hand by guiding across the wood, with the large base keeping it steady. I used a V bit for this application and the bit is then set at the depth you want to cut out. It locks in place so it stays at that depth. Lots of bits are straight, so they give more of a channel with a flat bottom. For this cupboard door I chose the V because the middle is deeper and then, like a V, not so deep at the sides and I thought that would look better. I didn’t do the cutting out very deep because there wasn’t a need to.

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  4. What a great piece! I love the rustic look~

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  5. Julie, how amazing! I love the rusticness of this piece. The dove tail looks great!

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  6. Love this rustic piece, great job, the branch brace and router star are wonderful details!

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  7. You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the Monday blog party!!

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  8. Julie, that is awesome! I really love your work girl!
    gail

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  9. Beautiful! I love this! Found you through Sisters of The Wild West:)

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  10. I saw your comment on Under the Table and Dreaming today and wanted to see what Follow Your Heart Woodworking is all about. I LOVE this piece that you have created out of repurposed barn wood! I have done woodworking just about all of my life (NEVER a cabinet!)and am just now getting to start a website/etsy shop. You have inspired me to get a move on and share in the fun!
    I will keep checking in to see what else you have created :)

    Andi

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  11. Can you please email me info on how you built your door? I'm in the middle of building a pantry cabinet and I'm stuck on what to make the door out of... You're very inspiring!!

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