Time for Line & Berry Fun

Later this week, the plan is to release a new Line-and-Berry project for members of 360 WoodWorking. I say plan because this project has taken a bit more time than I imagined. Plus, we have a class coming in to build the Esherick Library Steps. Lots going on.

Without any finish applied, this door is a real eye-catcher. With a few coats of shellac to warm the look, it will pop.

About the Project

Some of the craftsman during the period who used line-and-berry designs hid the pivot points made as they scratched in the design. I appreciate that look better than seeing all those divots, so I spent a good bit of time working to accomplish the same detail. It’s easy to hide divots behind berries. The slight-of-hand work comes it at the corners where pivot points are covered by the 1/8″ banding that surrounds the door.

In the photo, you see a completed door for the upcoming release. It’s a project that didn’t exist in real life, at least as far as I know. But it’s a project that I’ve had in mind for a long, long time.

To build and complete the door, a combination of power tools and hand tools are used. The major work inside the two inlaid circles, including the circles, was cut with a couple of routers, jigs and different 1/16″-diameter router bits. (I show you why it’s better to have more than one router setup.) The corner work was cut in using hand tools. Scratch. Scratch. Scratch. My hand and wrist cramped at the end of the day.

If you think the door looks nice, wait until you see the sides of the project. They also have line-and-berry work, but it’s in a new design that works great with the project. (Unfortunately, a couple of the pivot points could not be hidden on the sides.)

If you’re a fan of line-and-berry design, you’ll want in on this pint-size project.

— Glen D. Huey

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