Beautify Your Home with a Shaker Built-In
Build it in place, and the work goes surprisingly quickly
Synopsis: Built-in furniture was a staple of Shaker life, and these skilled furniture makers elevated the built-in to an art form. This one by Christian Becksvoort was constructed in place, as the Shakers used to do, but uses plywood partitions and shelves where the Shakers used solid pine. Solid-wood face frames and doors add a furniture-maker’s touch. Becksvoort’s piece was designed to fit a special space in his house, but he gives you all the tools and techniques you need to design and build your own, wherever you may need it.
I’ve grown used to the pleasure of working solid wood at the workbench, so it takes some persuasion to get me to leave the shop, haul sheets of plywood, and get on my knees to scribe along crooked walls. But in my younger days, I built my fair share of kitchen cabinets, commercial fixtures, and built-ins. And…