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Project by Sycamoray posted 04-09-2021 05:50 PM 531 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started from the “typical” Shaker chimney cupboard, but became wider to match the household’s need and the space. Ponderosa pine from a local sawmill, milk paint.

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#1 posted 04-09-2021 07:31 PM

Very nice. People underestimate the value of using pine and paint/stain. Good stuff… :)

-- Tom

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#2 posted 04-10-2021 10:16 AM

Very nice

-- Petey

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#3 posted 04-10-2021 11:45 AM

A very nice project, but I’m equally intrigued by the paneled knotty pine door in the background…

-- Still so much to learn!

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#4 posted 04-10-2021 01:45 PM

Good, looking piece you have there. I agree with Tom, I’ve used milk paint for a few projects and it looks great. Nice work!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 10:49 PM

Thanks for the praise. I want to work with fancy woods, but for the immediate needs local pine + paint is hard to beat.

BaritoneWoods: All of our interior doors have that look. Our house is one antler chandelier away from being a hunting lodge.

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#6 posted 04-11-2021 04:25 AM

When you got’a build, you got’a build. Can’t be worried about what you don’t have and use what you do have and make the best of it.

Good job on this project. That milk paint job, looks terrific…great build…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 04-12-2021 04:00 PM

Looks nice on the outside! Can we see inside?

-- Pete

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#8 posted 04-12-2021 11:41 PM

Pay no attention to the actual contents.

During construction, I added supports for, and made all the shelves. The top pair of supports have a notch for a dowel across the width, and I sized it so hangers don’t hit the back or front walls. For the first few years, when we stored my suits and my wife’s long evening gowns in it, the shelves were stored on the floor.

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#9 posted 04-14-2021 09:49 PM

If you paint/finish the inside of the door so it is less likely to warp then I will comment “nice job”
Until then you just get “nice-

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 04-14-2021 11:27 PM

No thanks, ohwoodeye. I’ll settle for the lesser rating from you. :)

The whole “match the inside to the outside” is not a hard and fast rule. While there are some circumstances where it can help by balancing moisture exchange between the two sides of a board, it doesn’t work for enclosed spaces like chests, armoires, etc. The battens have held the two-board door flat for 6 years now.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t had many of the wood movement problems which I hear about for lower altitude, higher humidity places. Fewer mosquitos, too.

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