Monday, November 14, 2011

18" Doll: Butter Churn

Today we will be making a traditional earthenware dasher churn for churning butter.  

I used a sugar bowl from my FAVORITE earthenware vendor Marshall Pottery:
It is item # 5177 in Blue Stripe, $6.99.
They also sell a miniature REAL BUTTER CHURN (# 5106) for $11.99!

**about 10" to 12" of 3/8" dowel (this length will be determined by you and how tall you want your dasher handle to be)
**a small piece of MDF or thin craft wood that is the same size (or larger) as your sugar bowl lid
**1" piece of 1x2" board 

Drill / 3/8" hole bit (for holes in lid and dasher for the dowel handle to pass through)
tape measure / pencil
wood glue
small hand saw
120 Grit sand paper
wood putty to fill holes and knots
Paint or stain to finish your piece (if desired)


1.  Place your sugar bowl lid down onto your piece of thin craft wood, trace around the lid with a pencil, and then cut out that circle of wood with your saw.  Sand the edges.

It should now look like this when you place it under your sugar bowl lid....perfect size!
2.  Using your 3/8" drill bit, drill a hole in the center of your 1x2 piece for your dowel.  Test for fit.  Remove dowel, add wood glue to hole, and then replace dowel in hole.  Remove any excess glue.
3.  Using your 3/8" drill bit, drill a hole in the center of your new wooden "lid". (You may need to go up 1 size in drill bits to make sure that the dowel can pass through the hole easily.)  Sand the hole smooth. 
4.  Place your dasher (1x2) with the dowel (now glued into it) down into your butter churn (sugar bowl): 
5.  Thread the wooden lid down onto the dowel and rest on the rim of the sugar bowl: 
 6.  You can now decide if you want to trim the length of your churn handle, or leave it as is.  You simply would need to mark where you want to cut and then use your saw to trim the top end.
7.  You may also want to paint or stain the lid at this point.  Once glue and finishes are dry, you are finished!! 

******Because we DID NOT USE FOOD SAFE WOOD, this item IS NOT SAFE for use with food.  It is for PRETEND PLAY ONLY!!!! *****

Please feel free to use these plans to build furniture, for sale or for pleasure, but please do not sell the PLANS as your "own".  Please also give credit to me and link back here!  I hope you enjoy them!!
***I am NOT LIABLE for any plans featured here. Please take every precaution and use your own discretion to make sure these toys are safe for children to play with them.

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