Ian Ingersoll

Craftsman Wall Cabinet

There is always a spot for a wall cabinet, especially a small one. This Craftsman -stvie piece is modeled alter a clock, and at a little more than a foot wide it fits well in almost any tight, vertical space. I made it out of butternut, an underused, medium-toned wood that works easily; Because this cabinet was destined for a kitchen, I outfitted the inside to accommodate spices, but the same-sized cabinet could hold anything from pottery to small books. The shelves, in this case, are spaced to fit off-the-rack spice bottles, with the bottorrfshelf roomy enough for larger, bulk-sized decanters. The tilting drawer at the bottom is made to fit o large packages of tea.

When it comes to construction, the simplest answers are often best. On this small, vertical cabinet, 1 could have dovetailed the case, but I saw no need to spend the time when countersunk and plugged screws would do. And on such a simple piece, I didn't want anything to detract attention from the door, where I spent most of the design and construction energy. I used a flat panel at the bottom of the door to cover the drawer and bulk items, but at the top I installed glass to show off the nicer-looking spice bottles and to make (lie piece a bit more interesting. Over the single piece of glass, I installed muntins, giving the appearance of two-over-two panes of glass.

Begin by milling up the lumber: 1 he top and bottom are I in. thick; the sides, door rails and stiles are a in. thick; the drawer parts are % in. thick; the back and shelves are 7i in. thick; the muntins and door panel are % in. thick.

Building the Basic Case

Don't waste energy with overly complex methods of building the case. Use M-inland K-in.-thick stock and trim everything to width and length on the tablesaw. Set up the tablesaw to cut M-in. dadoes for the shelves. Use a stop on your miter gauge to ensure that the dadoes in the back and sides will line up. It's not really necessary to dado the back panel for the shelves, but doing so eases glue-up.

The first step in the process is rabbeting the top and bottom—because the same stop location can be used for each—on all three pieces. Then locate each shelf and ser the stop on your miter gauge. When the dadoes have been cut on each of the three

Installing the Top and Bottom

Making the bottom of this case out of I-in.-thick stock gives the piece a grounded look. Just remember to leave a M-in. overhang on the front and sides, and make sure you account for the door. Rout a I-in. bull-nose on the edges of the bottom and leave the decoration for the top.

The treatment for the top is one I regularly use on tabletops. It lends the piece a nice, finished look and helps draw your attention to the glass panels in the door. Start by cutting a X-m. bead on the outside edge at the front and sides. Then establish the overhang, in this case I in., and mark a line there. If it feels safe, use the tablesavv. With the piece held upright, sight down the raised blade and adjust the angle until it enters at the bottom of the bead and exits at the overhang line. You can achieve the same results by cutting to the line with a handplane. The result is a rounded top edge that angles back sharply toward the case. Both the top and bottom are simply screwed onto the case and pegged.

Building the Drawer

When you open this case, the drawer at the bottom is a nice surprise. Instead of sliding as a normal drawer would, this tall drawer pieces, they should all line up perfectly. On the two sides, use the same setup to cut another A-in. dado, inset lA in. and % in. deep, to house the back panel.

With the dadoes lined up on the back and sides of the case, trim all of the shelves to width and length and install the '••-in. drawer stop on the bottom shelf. Locate the position by marking off the width of the drawer front, then inset the stop another At, in. A screw holds the stop m place and allows it to pivot. On the bottom shelf, cut a X-in. by %-in. groove with the dado setup on the tablesaw. This groove will work as a hinging mechanism for the tilting drawer With the drawer scop instilled and die groove cut, you can glue up che case, which should go smoothly on such a small piece.

Cabinet with Glazed Door

Cabinet Construction Details

Made using simple but sound construction methods, a glazed door lends refinement to this butternut cabinet. Inside, a clever drawer tilts out. This cabinet was designed to hold spices, but the same methods could be used to outfit a cabinet for any use.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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