Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.
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.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
and Greene Cabinet