I got a shipment of little turnings and settled down to build an open court cupboard for displaying pewter and silver in the Great Hall.
This sort of piece was my inspiration:
Again, I was improvising and didn't take photographs, but this was my general method:
I cut the shelves out of basswood -- three shelves, each measuring about 4" by 1.5".
I drilled out holes for the tenons on the turnings. I used four turnings for the front supports, and four plain pieces of strip wood for the back supports.
I assembled the shelves and supports, gluing and weighing things down. (I hate waiting until the glue sets!)
I glued the plain wooden friezes on the fronts and sides.
I would like to learn how to carve, but until I do that, I decided to try my old friend, polymer clay, to give this piece the detail a court cupboard really needs. I rolled out some thickish strips, cut them to width and length and embossed them with a jewellery finding. After they were baked, I glued them onto the friezes.
The cupboard was a little low (I wanted it to be about 6" tall, it was more like 4" :)) so I made some longish feet to boost the thing up a little. I made the feet from chunks of balsa wood with balls glued on the bottom. The finished height is about 5.5".
Then I painted the whole thing with a darker shade of burnt umber (added some black) and washed some raw umber and black over it to bring out the "carving". I varnished it, and I'm very pleased with the end result (although my photo could be better).
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