1800 Dry Sink

Dry sink. White pine, cut nails, shellac and milk paint

I finished the largest project I’ve built, except for my workbench, this weekend. With one large exception I’m very happy with it. This is a loose reproduction of a dry sink from about 1800. The plan was out of Woodworking Magazine.

I did lots of new things on this dry sink, including work with white pine (not plywood); dadoes and cross-grain rabbets by hand; and hand-made cock-beading. I used lots of cut nails on this. I love cut nails, and there’s about 3/4 pound of them buried in that pine.

The part I’m unhappy with is the paint. I honestly think it looks worse in the photos. But I didn’t intend for it to have the uneven (crafty?) look that it has. There are four coats of milk-paint, one pumpkin, one slate, and two federal blue on it. I don’t know what the problem was, but I jut had to stop after the fourth coat. I’m optimistic that it will age well.

The gap in the ship-lapped back is for A/V cables. The intent is for this to be the new entertainment center – I hope it’s not too large. If in the future I want to enclose the back the final back board can be slid up from the bottom and nailed in place.

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About johnjoiner

Computer nerd by day, Dad and woodworker by night. Woodworking blog at https://johnjoiner.wordpress.com/
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