A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part Five

The door is suspended on H-hinges which, because they are surface-mounted (as opposed to the more usual butt hinges whose plain leaves are concealed between the door edge and carcase), have decoratively shaped edges. The hinges are also unique in that they are attached with only two (steel) screws, located in the middle of the leaves. The ends of the leaves are secured with brass nails.

I fixed a straight cupboard lock to the interior of the door and pinned a brass escutcheon over the key hole.

The elm corner cupboard in-the-white.

The exterior of the back, top and base of the cupboard was given a minium wash and the interior was given three coats of a cream-coloured oil-based paint. The show wood was stained and polished and when dry, was given a good waxing.

The cupboard, polished.

The arched panel.

The cornice.

The base moulding.

The painted interior…

… and shaped shelf.

Ready for hanging up.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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10 Responses to A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part Five

  1. Another beautiful piece Jack. You know, it’s boring paying complements all the time, so I’m going to ask, why is the bottom hinge skewiff? ;-)
    Keep the pieces coming!



    • Jack Plane says:

      Good question Michael. The left leaf of the bottom hinge is indeed askew because that’s the way it was made. All the brassware I use is hand made and irregularities crop up, just as with the originals. I thought about returning the hinge for a ‘better’ example, but coincidently, the bottom hinge on the original cupboard is also askew. It happens, but the all-important pivot is correctly aligned.



  2. Robert R. Lindh says:

    Jack,What do you provide for hanging this style cupboard?Also could you possibly give the pigment formula you use for the minimum wash….Bob Lindh,Western Pa.


    • Jack Plane says:

      I will examine the wall where the cupboard is to be located for convenient studs before deciding on a means of hanging it. I will likely use brass picture plates, but may alternatively screw straight through the backboards into the wall. Both are historically acceptable methods.

      Do you mean the actual minium wash as used on this cupboard, or do you mean the recipe for making actual minium?



  3. Brian says:

    As always, outstanding. Further to the question about mounting, are the sides at a 90 degree angle, or is it greater – a magazine article I saw recommended making them slightly further apart so that any irregularities in the corner of the walls would not disrupt the ‘hang’.
    Brian Smith


  4. Adam says:

    I just went back and read the minium wash entry. Red lead, eh? Yikes. I’m a wooden boat builder/restorer and we’ve been using the stuff to coat faying surfaces (wood-to-wood contact areas inside a sailboat) for years. It’s really toxic. Even more so than the lead house paint everyone used to eat chips of as a baby. (Wait, just me?) Made a lot of guys sick up to the early 80s. We still use it sometimes, but only for major restorations. Unfortunately, our alternative, red oxide, probably wouldn’t work for your wash. Take very special care with that stuff. It’ll lower the IQ of an entire shipyard.


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