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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 11-09-2021 02:09 AM 935 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another cellarette, this one done in sapele; the first one was walnut ( see https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/418664 ).

This one was more enjoyable, I had never worked with sapele before and it is indeed a pleasure to work. I ran across a board 18” x 13/16×10 feet which was enough for the entire piece except for the legs.

As in the first one, I used mostly vintage hand tools. Obviously, it takes much longer but builds muscles and character. Also makes for getting cut a lot; when cutting dovetails, i somehow bump the chisel corners a lot. No problem, a little hydrogen peroxide takes care of the bloodstains on the wood.

I would have thought a second effort would have taken less time, but somehow I ended up taking longer, 40+ hours.

Now, I want to build a reproduction of an original I saw online that is much more elaborate, more in the Federal style with half-blind dovetails. Gonna wait a while before I start – the wife said no more noise for a while. I guess the sounds of the mallet on chisels does get a little bothersome after a couple of days.

The finish is Bartley’s Dark Grain Filler, Behlen Medium Brown Mahogany dye, 2 coats of Waterlox, and 5 coats of GF oil-based Gel Topcoat. Hide glue throughout.

The only departure from the original piece in the museum is the chain supporting the lid – the original has a stick.





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#1 posted 11-09-2021 02:33 AM

That looks very nice, and the inlay adds to the look.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 11-09-2021 03:00 AM

:-) Nice piece Carey.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 11-09-2021 03:38 AM

Very Bice you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 11-09-2021 10:59 AM

Carey,

Well done!

I get some DNA on every project.

Thanks again for the articles on the Cellarette build. Building one is now on my list.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 11-09-2021 11:57 AM

Beautiful work…bloodstains or not ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 11-09-2021 01:45 PM

Wow! Great work!!

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#7 posted 11-09-2021 01:56 PM

Absolutely wonderful and the inlay is great. Very nice workmanship.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 11-09-2021 01:57 PM

Really nice work. It’s always great to see fine handwork. The process may be slow, and noisy, but rewarding. Well done.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 11-09-2021 01:59 PM

really nice work. It’s always great to see fine handwork. The process may be slow, and noisy, but rewarding. Well done.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 11-09-2021 02:43 PM

Hand work noisy? It beats the scream of power tools. Fantastic job there, Bravo!

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#11 posted 11-09-2021 02:50 PM

Really nice work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 11-09-2021 03:07 PM

Love the look of Federalist period pieces, great detail with the DTs and inlay.

Some fine work!

A great stash for the adult beverages 8^)

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#13 posted 11-09-2021 03:10 PM

wow over the top carey,beautiful craftsmanship.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 11-09-2021 04:03 PM

Truly beautiful.

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#15 posted 11-09-2021 05:43 PM

Very inmpressive!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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