Building a spice box involves a variety of joinery, including hand-cut dovetails, machined joints and moldings, raised-panel construction and precise drawer fitting. It’s a great way to learn, practice, or show off your woodworking skills, writes D. Douglas Mooberry. Spice boxes don’t use a lot of wood, so use the best you can find. The box detailed in this article has bracket feet, a tombstone raised-panel door, and typical interior drawer layout. The carcase is more intricate than it appears, he says, and a large, detailed exploded drawing illustrates the piece. Mooberry explains how to mill the drawer dividers, mill the molding, and shape the feet, and then how to build the nine drawers. He uses brass hardware for the hinges and pulls and finishes the piece with shellac and wax.

From Fine Woodworking #124