Case-good construction techniques and a furniture maker's sensibility can take "cabineture" to new heights
Synopsis: When designing a bedroom from scratch, this author says that top-quality materials make a difference. The project he shares here, a set of cabinets that look like furniture, uses joinery ranging from biscuits to hand-cut dovetails. Time spent refining details pays off — you don’t want to detract from all the rest of your work with a sloppy element. This project led to a new discipline for the author, one he calls “cabineture.”
A few years ago, two women walked into my shop unannounced. One of them was the daughter of a client; the other was her interior designer. They were familiar with my furniture and asked whether I would consider making built-in cabinets for them. I said I was not doing cabinets anymore, just furniture. But the women said they didn’t want cabinets in the traditional sense. They were looking for built-ins that looked like high-quality furniture.