Thomas Jefferson Chicken Crate

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Project by DYNO360 posted 03-05-2012 12:42 AM 4012 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many poultry fanciers like the heritage breeds that were placed in the standard of perfection in the 1800s. That got me to thinking. Maybe it would be a good idea to make a chicken carrier that looks like it was made in the Federal period. Maybe Thomas Jefferson carried his chickens in a crate similar to this one?
The 2nd picture shows the loading door in an open position. The next two show how I made the corner brackets. I had noticed that the real, antique chicken carriers had corner dowels and most of them were broken. To make the carrier (nowadays, they are used to transport chickens to and from county fairs) stronger, I designed the angle brackets to replace the corner dowels. Picture 5 shows the top sub-assembly minus the door. The final picture shows a dry fit prior to glue up. Dowels are added later from the bottom. They are glued in as well and then the bottom is put on.

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T. D. Reid

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 12:55 AM

Very interesting sir, thanks for sharing. It looks to nice to put chikens in. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 01:18 AM

Looks great and I have seen similar ones at the State Fair. Great job, looks like you could use it as a piece of furniture

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 01:52 AM

Beautiful, excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 03:21 AM

First chicken carrier I’ve ever seen, interesting and it came out great

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 04:44 AM

Good idea and a very classic carrier.
Did you do the excellent bit of marquetry?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 12:12 AM

I can’t take credit for the urn inlay. I did it with decoupage. A good source for real wood inlays is

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