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Flame Birch Corner Cabinet

author-gravatar nicholas.vanaria Apr 01, 2018

Corner Cabinet made from flame birch.  Inspired by an early 19th century piece that I saw.  Interior is painted with a historically accurate milk paint, and the hinges are wrought iron from Horton Brasses.  (Feel free to contact me if  you have any questions or anything).  My Instagram is nicholas.vanaria

Step-by-step construction photos below.

Best shot I could get at the time.  It was cloudy, cold, and windy.  I will take better shots in the spring/summertime and will post them when I do.  Thanks for looking everyone and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  -Nick-

Flame Birch, right from Wood World Chicago.

Used the Freud set to make the cabinet doors and mullions.

Step one of making the crown moulding.  Laying it out.

Running the profile step-by-step across the table saw.

Using a core box bit to make the next step, the shifting slightly in either direction to get an oval shape.

Trimming the angles.

Lots of hand work!!!!  Sanding, planing, scraping, etc....

The finished product!!!!

Installed on the cabinet.

Support blocks to give the crown stability.

Wrought iron hinges from Horton Brasses.  Also "clocked" the screws.

Turnbutton to use as catches to hold the doors closed.

Turnbutton, "in action".  LOL.

J.E. Moser's "Golden Amber Maple" dye is used to accentuate the flames/curl of the wood and really make them pop.

After application of dye.  It really pops!!!!

Applied a coat of boiled linseed oil to soak into the flames/curl to make them pop even more.

Sealed with two coats of dewaxed seal coat schellac.

Topped with multiple coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.  Steel wooled between coats and then coated with Renaissance Wax.

I like to include small "defects" into my period projects.  To me, it adds that layer of authenticity to it, as period furniture was rarely perfect and, as stated in Mortise & Tenon magazine.....The imperfection IS the perfection.

Used milk paint to give it that historically accurate look.  It was my first time using it, and I have to say....This product really knocked it out of the park.  Great stuff to use.  I was pretty happy with it.

Don't let the color fool you.  The lighting on this is making it look WAAAAAAAY more neon that it truly is.  It is not this bright green by any stretch.

Who knows....hopefully this will last 150 years and someone will want to know who made it.

Glazing the doors.

A much better shot of the true color of the interior.


Upper left corner.  LOVE the figure on that flame birch.

Upper right corner.

Turn buttons installed and working perfectly.

In it's place in the house.


Very easily one of the best projects on this site by far. The flame birch is beautiful and I love the green milk paint on the interior. Damn fine job, Nick! Thank you for sharing.

Thanks Sean.  That means a lot to me.  I truly appreciate it!!!!

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