Classic Shaker Cupboard with project plans
Handsome storage cabinet is comfortable in any room
Synopsis: This large Shaker piece combines a cupboard and a chest of drawers. The carcase is straightforward dovetailed construction with a three-sided face frame added to the front. The drawers feature traditional hand-cut dovetails and the frame-and-panel doors use pinned mortise-and-tenon construction. A simple but effective center guide supports the three widest drawers and prevents them from binding. Details such as adjustable shelving, a mitered base, a frame-and-panel back, and a cove profile on the top complete the piece.
In FWW #206, I wrote about a low chest of drawers and focused on its case construction, drawer runner system, and using a shopmade jig and router to cut dadoes and dovetail slots in the carcase. Since then, a client asked me to build a large Shaker cupboard to use in a kitchen.
This piece (and this article) picks up where “Shaker Chest of Drawers” left off. I’ll expand on how I…