I'm just starting a cupboard for the dining room. This is will be an adaptation of a project made by Norm Abram of a Shaker design he saw at a museum. The original was made of all pine.
I'm thinking of making everything out of poplar except for the top which would be cherry. I would finish the cherry top as suggested by some previous posts and will paint the cabinet with milk paint. However, tradition calls for all parts made out of pine and stained. ( most of my furniture is a pumpkin pine stain). I've never worked with cherry before and I cant wait to try. Any opinions on these ideas ?
Also, since I have trouble making perpendicular cuts with my Bosch jig saw, I was thinking of making a template out of masonite for the side cut-outs and using my router and a spiral bit to cut out the sides. My concern here is that I may chip the heck out of the edges by using this method.
I have gotten a bit better with the jig saw. I found that if i totally focus on keeping the baseplate firmly on the work surface that my cuts are somewhat better.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. And, if the picture didnt come out right someone please put me out of my misery and just shoot me