Small Cabinet Is Big on Details
Proud joinery and playful shadows take center stage
Synopsis: On the surface, this is a simple cabinet, but it’s the surface that really sets this project apart. Proud joinery and slightly offset components in the case and door create a symphony of highlights and shadows. The mortise-and-tenon joinery is made simple through the use of a spacer that ensures accuracy without measuring. Blue tape, used as a guide when sawing and chopping the joints, ensures a perfect fit without fuss. The case dovetails are rabbeted at the rear edge to accommodate the back. The door is traditional frame-and-panel construction, with a hinge strip that simplifies mortising.
While this cabinet doesn’t have over-the-top ornamentation such as moldings or veneers, it still has personality. Slightly offset surfaces and proud joinery create a quiet symphony of highlights and shadows that avoid the monotony of flush parts and make this cabinet come alive. It’s a simple technique that can add interest…