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MAR/APR 2003
Volume 46/Issue 2

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Classic Rolltop Desk
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Colonial Spice Cabinet

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The Colonial Spice Cabinet

A popular project that's easy to make -- and even easier to sell

Here's a simple project, featuring quick and easy butt, rabbet and dado joints that let you cut out the various components and put them together in a flash. We made ours from knotty pine, but it would look - and sell - even better (and for more money) if it was made from cherry or oak.


TIP #1: These Cabinets could easily be made in different styles by merely altering the shape of the Back (B) and the Sides (A). For example, a straight top and bottom on the Back with straight Sides (instead of curves at the top and bottom) will produce a more contemporary style.

Changing the Knobs from porcelain to a more contemporary style is yet another way to easily produce another variable on this Cabinet.

TIP #2: Considerable time can be saved by Stack or Pad-Cutting the profiles at the top and bottom of the Backs (B) and Sides (A). Once you've thicknessed these pieces and cut them to the proper size on your Table Saw, merely attach a stack of up to four of them together with our High-Adhesion, Double-Stick Tape ...then cut out the profiles on all four at once, using your Scroll Saw or Bandsaw.

This same procedure could be used for drilling the Mounting Holes in the Backs and the Knob Mounting Holes in the Drawer Fronts.

Resaw a 5-foot piece of 1" x 4" stock, using your bandsaw for the 1/4" and 3/8" thick pieces (J, K, L, M & N). Set up your cuts so you end up with 9/32" and 13/32" stock that you'll then run through your planer to arrive at the 1/4" and 3/8" thicknesses.

Plane a 4-foot length of 1" x 10" - and a 7-foot length of 1" x 4" to a thickness of 1/2".

Cut the Back (B) from the 1" x 10" stock. Then rip the prepared 1/4" stock to 3-1/8" for the Drawer Backs (K & L) and Drawer Bottoms (M & N). Next, rip the Sides (A) to 4". Do not rip the Back (B) to finished width, yet.

Cut all parts to length, according to the Bill of Materials. Shopsmith's 24" Miter Gauge Extension Face offers an adjustable stop that you can set to cut multiple pieces to the exact same length with ensured repeatability and precision.

Rip the 1/2" wide x 1/4" deep rabbets in the backs of the sides (A) using your Dado set-up and a wooden, shop-made auxiliary fence to keep from cutting into the face of your Rip Fence (See Detail A). Use a Feather Board and a Push Block to keep your hands out of harm's way when making these cuts.

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