Building Small Cabinets
by Doug Stowe

Softcover
215x 275mm
154pp

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.

R.R.P.$34.90

ISBN 978-1-60085-347-0

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Shaker Pegboard Cabinet


Key House


Cherry Display Cabinet


Mission Display Cabinet


Greene and Greene Cabinet


Jelly Cabinet

 

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 145

Woodworkers have a special privilege. We are given the opportunity to improve our homes and our lives while doing something we enjoy.

This is a book about exercising that privilege. It contains designs and construction details for eight small cabinets, all of which offer storage as well as an attractive addition to the home. Also, because of the broad differences in the cabinet designs, they provide a variety of construction techniques for the woodworker to explore.

The first project is a Shaker Pegboard Cabinet which is shown in the right hand photo on the cover of the book. The unique furniture of the Shakers (a religious sect whose history can be traced back to 17th century France), is exquisitely simple. The word 'pegboard' in the name refers to the cupboard being designed to hang from a Shaker peg - a method of mounting commonly used by these furniture makers.

There is a small act of homage in the author's use of nails to replicate the cut nails used in early Shaker work, but the construction is not as simple as this may make it appear.

The top and bottom have rebates on three sides to provide secure connections with the sides of the cabinet, the hanger is tenoned to these sides and the back panel has a mitred frame surround. The result is sturdy, useful and attractive.

Project two is the simplest of the eight - an open-fronted key cabinet - but it too, has been designed with care. For example, the shelves are rebated to fit into mortises in the cabinet sides, the gable and roof structure is dowelled together and the door is made from vertical slats, secured by horizontal splines.

The other six projects are a Panel Door Spice Cabinet, Cherry Display Cabinet, Mission Display Cabinet, Greene and Greene Cabinet, Jelly Cabinet and a Krenov Inspired Cabinet. Unlike the first six, which are wall mounting, the latter two are designed to stand on the floor. (The Spice, Mission Display and Krenov Inspired Cabinets are shown on the left of the book cover.)

The same intelligent use of woodworking design is demonstrated in all of the projects. The descriptions of the work are well-ordered, the explanations are generally easy to understand and the book is well illustrated with photos of the finished pieces and important stages in their construction. Cutting lists are provided as well as a Metric Conversion Table since all dimensions are given in Imperial units.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Introduction

Shaker Pegboard Cabinet
- Mill the stock
- Rabbet the top and bottom
- Make the sides
- Make and fit the hanger
- Make the back panel
- Sand and rout the edges
- Assemble the sides
- Hinge the door
- Assemble and finish

Key House
- Build the cabinet box
- Build the doors

Panel-Door Spice Cabinet
- Cut the biscuit joints
- Fit the back
- Make the shelves
- Shape the top and bottom
- Assemble the carcase
- Make the door components
- Shape and assemble the doors
- Make and install the hanger
- Rout the hinge mortises
- Install the stop
- Finish

Cherry Display Cabinet
- Make the top and bottom
- Make the sides and door post
- Build the doors
- Make the shelves and liners
- Prepare for assembly
- Assemble the cabinet
- Complete the doors

Mission Display Cabinet
- Make the sides
- Make the top and bottom
- Make the doors and front panel
- Shape the top and bottom
- Prepare for assembly
- Assemble and finish
- A contemporary variation

Greene and Greene Cabinet
- Build a finger-joint jig
- Build the sides and top
- Build the doors
- Assemble the carcase
- Hinge and trim the doors
- Pin the doors
- Install the tie hanger
- A tool-cabinet alternative

Jelly Cabinet
- Build the frames
- Make the carcase panels
- Complete the carcase assemblies
- Make the top, bottom, and shelf
- Assemble the carcase
- Make the moldings
- Assemble and install the top
- Build the doors
- Prepare for the hardware and shelves

Krenov-Inspired Cabinet
- Cut the dovetail joints
- Complete the carcase
- Build the base
- Build the doors
- Make the drawer
- Final details

Metric Equivalents


Krenov-Inspired Cabinet