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.
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.
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.
Here are the pieces all laid out:
Here it is glued up:
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:
When it was finished I put some watery brown paint in the raw cut lines.
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)
And I added a little homemade toggle opening and black metal hinges and knob.
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.
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