Woodworker's Journal 101-Projects-for-Woodworkers, страница 116


Country Cupboard

the countertop. All shiplap joints are butted without glue.

Start with the base ends E, which are 1 \Ya" in width and made of two boards held together with top cleats N and shelf cleats F. To achieve the required width, it will be necessary to rip the boards, removing one shiplap edge from each. If an equal amount is ripped from each board, the joint will appear as shown in the center of each end.

If you lack a table saw, use a marking gauge to scribe the ripping line and a portable circular saw or hand saw to rip, keeping on the waste side of the line. Then clamp the board in a bench vise and plane the rough edge down to the line. Remember to sand all parts completely before joining.

Cut four % x 1& x 11 Yt" N cleats and set two aside for later use. Fasten the remaining two flush with the top edges of the base ends, using three countersunk IK* flat-headed screws. The two Y* x 1% x 1 \ Y<" F cleats are fastened so that the top of shelf G will be 9" from the floor.

Next, use finishing nails to fasten two boards to the F cleats to form shelf G, which is 1 x 1 lYt x Cut two upper rails J to I x x 27", and two front trim pieces H to I x 2 x 24",

Lay the ends on their back edges on a flat surface with the shelf in place, and mark locations, then glue and nail parts J and H to the edges. Add two 1 x 2 x 4" filler strips K and the 1 x \ % x 8W part M, which is glued and clamped to rails J. Divider LJx 1% x 4", is then glued and clamped to M.

Rip three boards for a 1 x 14 x 29^" counter-top. Join these with two center cleats N, screwed to the underside with 2" countersunk flat-headed screws. These cleats should be located as shown in Figure 1 and exactly flush with the back edge of the countertop.

Add the countertop to the base, driving finishing nails through the top and into end cleats N and upper rail J. Also nail through upper rail J into the ends of the N cleats, two nails per cleat. Set all nail heads.

Shiplapped backboards D are ripped to give a

This unpretentious little cupboard is an ideal project for those woodworkers with limited experience and equipment. The simple nailed butt joints, which advanced workers may consider crude, are quite appropriate and in harmony with this rustic and utilitarian design.

Given care in cutting and finishing, the piece is rewarding and quite lovely, considering the relatively small amount of effort required to build it. It will provide excellent storage and lend warmth to a country-style kitchen or dining room. It's also perfect for the vacation cottage.

With the exception of the drawer bottoms, the piece is built from 1 x 8" shiplap pine. The ship-lap joints can be seen in Figure 2 at the edge of


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