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    Enfield Shaker Cabinet

    Since this seems to be the place to show off, my first post is a gratuitous shot of the Shaker Cabinet I built for my mother for Christmas this year.

    The design is from last Fall's Woodworking Magazine article on the Enfield Chimney Cabinet. Rather than the cherry used in the article, I used pine and poplar, painted with milk paint with natural, bookmatched red oak panels in the door. Most of the construction was done with hand tools.

    The molding was hand cut using moding planes and built up from a couple of pieces:

    Here's an illustration of how I tackled the molding:

    And here it is in Mom's kitchen:

    Thanks for looking,


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Attractive and well executed - all the more impressive because of your making the moldings hand! Thanks for sharing this!
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    Really, really nice work! I like the contrast between the paint and natural wood.


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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Very nice Jamey. I'll bet your mom is very proud of your work.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Wake Forest, NC
    True neanderthal. Impressive, to say the least.

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    Oct 2006
    Placitas, NM in the foothills of the Sandia Mt
    Looks great! What did you use for the black finish - I know its hard to get true black, but yours looks great!

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    The black is "pitch black" milk paint from the Odl Fashioned Milk Paint Company ( They recommend 1 cup of water to 1 cup of paint powder. I have found that with a thinner mixture (maybe 3:1 or even 4:1 water to powder) I get a better finish. At the 1:1 ratio, the mixture is kind of grainy. The thinner mixture requires more coats (there are maybe 3-4 coats on this piece), but you get a smoother, more even finish. Milk paint tends to have a lot of uneven coloring, which is part of its "charm," I guess. You can beat this htough by using more thin coats and rubbing it out. I find a paper towel or brown paper bag rubs it out nicely. Doesn't take a lot of rubbing, just enough to knock off the little bit of grit left behind.

    I followed the paint with a light coat of BLO. I wipe it on one surface, wipe it on the next surface, wipe it off the first surface, wipe it on the 3rd surface, wipe it off the second surface, etc. It doesn't penetrate a lot, but leaves a soft luster and a warmer, more even color.

    If you have any other questions, let me know.


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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    we'll have to call you sorehand:)

    if i didnt know you jamie, i would ponder the handwork but i do and know your definalty a hand tool dude, glad you joined this group. and very nice cabinet.. i am gonna try and get to one of those jamestown meetings. just to see how it used to be done. was it done with green wood like you talked about earlier?
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    Larry, you will have to come down for one of our Galoot meetings one of these days. Brad knows where to go, so tag along with him. I wouldn't trade my planes and saws for all that noise and dust.


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    Nov 2006
    Hanford, CA
    Very nice. I'm a big fan of all things Shaker. You did a good job on this one. I didn't know there were woods besides cherry, but I'm learning Thanks for sharing it with us.

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