The cellerats are finished.
Another project comes to a close in the shop.
The finishing has begun.
Finishing is always my favorite time in a project. The finish brings out the rich color of the wood. After so long sitting in the white the wood comes alive when the finish is applied.
The cellerats are coming along
This one is ready to have the top inlayed.
The drawers are finished.
The cellerats are progressing along. The drawers are finished. The cock beading around the fronts is apple wood.
The stands await the drawers
The stands have been glued, molding mitered and attached, case support in place, and drawer runners attached. Next will be building the drawers. Thess are reproductions of 18th century N.C. cellerats. Reproductions are more tedious . This is because I am trying to be as close to the original as possible.
Case and Stand
The first stand has been fitted up. There will be a cross stretcher added between the side stretcher. I won’t be adding anything for a few days. I’ve got to get ready for the Ramsey House Country Fair.
The progression of work
The mortise and tenons are all cut. The next step is to fit them to each other.
Sticks of molding have been run. This molding will be attached to the stand and capture the case.
The tops and bottoms have been cut to size. The edges of the tops have had the molding run on them.
One case with interior
An interior has been dry fitted into one case. The dividers are set into the cases by cutting blind dados on the inside of each case. This is the same way a till is set into a blanket chest.
Dividers for the cases
Each case is divided for 12 bottles. The dividers have been fitted together and will be put in when the cases are glued.
Cases dry fitted
The cases are dry fitted together. The walnut for these cellerats was cut over 80 years ago. It was cut from a region of the mountains that was to become The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Secondary wood is Southern Long Leaf Pine. This shows the differance between old growth,on top, and new growth, on bottom, . I’m useing old growth for this project.
Blind dovetails cut
Both cases have been blind dovetailed.
Close up of one of the cases.
Marking the tails
This is the start of building a pair of cellerats. The cases are blind dovetailed together in the front. This shows cutting the dovetails with a back saw.