Building a Carolina Cellarette


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Building a Carolina Cellarette DVD

This elegant walnut cellarette is copied from an original first discovered by the author at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The box is not attached to the base so that the owner could move the piece easily. The simple inlay work on the lid top is maple, as is the bead-work around the drawer and the box at the lid.

Watch as Glen D. Huey walks you through the steps to build this cabinet using a variety of both hand and power tools, including a router and table saw. He explains the “H”-stretcher base, case dovetails and transition moldings. Plus, he demonstrates the methods used to build a drawer using 18th-century construction techniques. You’ll also learn tips and techniques you can use to speed your work on this and every new project.

In this video you’ll learn:

  • Hand-cut through dovetails and how to use power tools to speed the process
  • How to create half-blind dovetails for the drawer
  • Solid mortise-and-tenon construction
  • How to build bottle dividers using half-lap joinery (simple jig included)


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