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The Wall-Hung Curio Cabinet

A classic-styled, 4-shelf cabinet for any room in the house

Have you ever noticed that some projects require only a few hours of your time to complete, while others seem to go on for ever and ever? So, why is that? Part of the answer to this question can be found in the care with which the project is approached. If you start a project thinking about how many tedious steps are going to be involved in bringing it to completion, chances are, it is indeed going to seem like a tedious, drawn-out project.

On the other hand, if you try to think of each board as an individual project of its own, then everything will progress more quickly. By following this approach, the hours you spend on a project will, instead, represent the putting together of many smaller projects. As a result, you'll be finished before you know it, and your results will be far more appealing.

The Wall-Hung Cabinet shown here is the perfect project for teaching yourself this valuable lesson. While you could decide to spend a single evening building a simple cutting board or trivet, if you devote the same amount of time to carefully cutting out some of the pieces for a more complex project such as this Cabinet, when you've finished, you'll have a lot more to be proud of. So, slow down, enjoy the wood, measure everything very carefully (“Measure Twice - Cut Once”), don't get in a hurry, then reap the rewards of your efforts!

Important Design Note: Our cabinet features a Colonial style, dictated by the curved bottom face frame rail (F), the curves in the bottoms of the two sides (A) and the curves in the front and side top moldings (J & K). For a more contemporary or modified Mission style, leave the rail and side pieces straight and alter the top molding to create a series of stepped, 45-degree beveled edges.

1. Take whatever time you need to select high-quality, properly cured, straight wood for this project. Although we built our Cabinet using some highly figured cherry -- oak, walnut, maple or even some of the more striking exotics will also provide some great-looking results. Just keep in mind that top-quality stock will result in a better appearance and fewer problems as you move step-by-step through the project.

Use the best pieces for the sides, face frame and door stiles and rails, making your selections on the basis of grain configuration, as well as the quality of the wood you're using. For example, if you've chosen to use cherry, you wouldn't want to make the left side face frame from a highly figured piece of stock and the right side from a straight-grained piece. Think carefully about how each component will look when the entire project is assembled.

2. Start by ripping all stock to the proper widths, according to the List of Materials. Always remember to begin by using your Jointer to first smooth one edge of your stock....then rip it to width plus 1/32" on your table saw...then joint the opposing edge, removing the extra 1/32".

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