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Forum topic by Red5hft posted 12-21-2019 09:23 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2019 09:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw till wood type sassafras antique

Looking for some help from the collective mind. I am building a saw till using some repurposed 130 year old butler pantry cabinet doors. I stripped the doors and shortened them to the maximum height I have available for my till. I replaced the lower glass panes with a hand planed raised panels. The doors have a rustic appearance and I chose to add a Cabernet stain, reflective of the Fulton planes I collect which have Cabernet colored woodwork in the 1930 and after.

I would like to make the sides of the till out of a light colored contrasting wood with a rustic looking grain. I considered sassafras but was unable to locate any in northern Virginia. I am not sure that sassafras is the best choice anyway.

I have also considered a darker side frame with an inset contrasting wood.

I am looking for your suggestions on wood choices. Let me know what you think would reflect the age of the doors, the age of the antique saws (80+ years old) and complement the door color.

Let me know your ideas!!! Thanks!

-- -"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-you're right." - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 12-21-2019 09:45 PM

My .02 is, consider a pine carcase that is painted. Maybe frame and panel, if you’re felling that kind of energy. You can get the perfect color to compliment, not compete with, those doors.

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