Jelly Cupboard in Maple

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Project by HorizontalMike posted 08-31-2012 12:12 PM 2807 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been canning for many years, so this Jelly Cupboard was long over due. As a matter of fact, as if by magic, within one hour of getting the cupboard from the shop and into the dining room it was FULL!

I really enjoyed building this thing, as it was rather straight forward with dowel reinforced lap joints, ship lap backside, early hinges and fasteners (restoration parts), and punched tin panels. No, I did not punch these myself but I did have to re-punch much of it as they needed cleaned up. I have additional galvanized sheeting if I ever get the hair up my butt to try something original, however we are pleased how this turned out.

As I mention in the title, I made this out of Soft Maple. I ran into a bargain price of $2/BF for the 12/4 Maple so I jumped on 200BF of it. It sure was different, in a nice way, to work with a softer wood for once as I had only built with Ash before hand.

I finished with a Golden Oak stain and treated the front door as if it were a restoration. I wanted to leave the impression that this may have been refinished, but not too much so. I recreated an original type of wooden latch with wear marks and all.

Additional images and detail can be found here:

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 12:21 PM

Very nice work, beautiful piece of furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 01:10 PM

Oldtool +1. I really like it. It reminds me of a Potato Bin my mother used to have in our kitchen when I was growing up—a fond memory.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 01:41 PM

Very nice Mike. I especially like the flat-head screws and the lap joints. I recall you picked up your maple in Hutto. Nice score.


-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 01:58 PM

Waw, I like the way you finished it, it looks beautiful. I’ll have to make at least three units like this for mom, she really cans too much! Actually no, she doesn’t. Maybe I eat too much actually ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 06:22 PM

Sweet ! (Pun intended)

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 08:22 PM

Thanks MC. But it is NOT really so sweet by taste anyways, but very good with chips! All that ‘orange’ colored sauce is Habanero Sauce and the ‘green’ is Jalapeno Relish and Nacho Slices.

8-) or should I say 8-P or 8-O

Thanks for the kudos guys. It is good to be back and posting projects again.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 12:06 AM

love this piece. the canned food is also nice looking. aint nothin like good ol’ home canned food. nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 12:56 AM

Beautiful Jelly Cupboard.

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 01:12 AM


Now I see what you’ve been up to. Nice looking piece. Welcome back.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 11:48 AM

I love it! both the cupboard and what is inside.
Do you ship samples?
It is very good to see you posting again Mike.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 02:13 PM

Beautiful. I love jelly cabinets.

-- Ron, Montana

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 05:22 PM

Great place to stash jellies, and it’s full to boot !! Great work.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 06:51 PM

Looks almost as good as the contents; looks like it’s time to break out the chips. I really like the overall piece.

-- A posse ad esse

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 07:01 PM

OK Russ, you bring the beer, and pick up Roger on your way down here!

BTW, I sell Prilosec by the pound… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 09-05-2012 03:50 AM

Mike, Welcome back. I just finished checking out your 3 new projects. This cupboard is by far my favorite. I LOVE it! Nice work.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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