Monthly Archives: April 2010

Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Thirteen

The brass door bolts I was waiting for have now arrived. While they’re cast in period-correct brass alloy, they are not without issue. The bolts are cast using the lost wax process from genuine, period hardware, but after extended use, … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Twelve

My current workshop is a 3m x 3m (10′ x 10′) garden shed, in which reside a bench, lathe, bandsaw, pillar drill and much of the usual woodworking paraphernalia. This results in very little actual space for constructing unfeasibly large … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Eleven

While waiting for other substances to dry on the show wood, I dealt with colouring and protecting the cabinet’s exposed external pine surfaces with a minium wash. It became common practice in the eighteenth-century to wash the back boards of … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Ten

At last, I’m up to the actual mulberrying stage. All the show wood was given a final wash down with hot water to remove any grime and glue residue before liberally wiping it over with aqua fortis (nitric acid). One … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Nine

Pull-out slides are common features of case furniture during this period, particularly pairs of candle slides in bureau cabinets where light from the candles is reflected off the door mirrors back into the room and over the writing surface of … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Eight

I decided to tackle the shelves before hanging the doors, so I rubbed some pieces of 5/8″ thick pine together to create similar kite-shaped boards to the ones that were used for the cabinet’s end boards. The front edges of … Continue reading

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Sharpening a Moulding Plane

A used, typically blunt moulding plane. A young neighbour dropped in the other afternoon with an antique 1/2in. side-bead moulding plane. He’d just bought it for some purpose and was keen to get on with it. I knew there was … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Seven

My hands, arms and shoulders seemingly aren’t in complete obeisance to my renewed interest in woodworking: Striking mouldings is a gentle occupation that I’ve always enjoyed, but frankly, making the door mouldings and panel rebates recently stuffed me up right … Continue reading

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