The Colonial Spice Cabinet
A popular project that's easy to make -- and even easier to sell
Next, re-adjust your Rip Fence and your Blade's depth-of-cut to form the 3/8" wide x 1/4" deep rabbets in the Drawer Fronts (G & H) using the same Fence attachment and a shop-made wooden Miter Gauge face for support (See Fig. 1). Be sure to make these cuts slowly to prevent chip-out on the exit side of your cuts.
Adjust your Dado Blade to 1/4" and use your Rip Fence to guide your stock as you cut the 1/8" deep grooves in the Drawer Sides (J) and Fronts (G & H) to accept the Drawer Bottoms. Again, use a Push Block for safety.
Remove your Rip Fence and cut the dadoes in the sides (A) and partitions (C & F).
Cut out the Side (A) contours using your Bandsaw or Scroll Saw . Then, use a small Drum Sander to smooth the curved areas.
Dry assemble the Sides (A) and parts (C, D, E & F) with clamps and check for fit. Disassemble and then use glue and small brads on the outside joints...and glue only on the interior joints.
Rip the Back (B) to width, then cut and sand the top and bottom contours. Drill the 1/4" mounting hole and attach the Back to the Sides (A) with 3/4" brads.
Drill the Knob mounting holes in the Drawer Fronts (G & H).
Assemble the Drawers with glue and 3/4" brads. Once the glue has dried completely, use your Belt Sander to sand each Drawer to fit perfectly in its “cubbyhole”. Be sure to number each Drawer on the back or bottom to indicate which Drawer fits in which location.
Finish sand the entire Cabinet and round all the edges slightly to achieve a well-worn, Colonial effect. Apply stain if desired, followed by a finish coat of satin polyurethane or similar material. Install the Drawer Knobs.
Suggested retail price: $20 to $40 each, depending on craftsmanship and wood used.
Front & Side View Detail A Drawer Assembly List of Materials
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