Slide home making the DRAWERS & TOP
There are plenty of storage options with the drawers that are housed in this cabinet. Four drawers across the top of the cabinet allow for all the small things that are called for when sewing. The middle and bottom drawers below provide generous storage space. The interiors are made of poplar, a secondary wood that was called into duty for cabinets like this. The joinery of choice is the classic dovetail joint for long life. A cherry false front (and drawer front) brings the look of the drawers back into the fold of the cabinet.
DOVETAILS FIRST. After sizing all the parts, you could, as the
Shakers most likely did, cut the dovetailed drawers by hand. But the article on page 60 shows you how to cut them at the table saw with a blade that’s designed for the task.
GROOVES NEXT. When you’ve finished the dovetail work, change out the blades and cut the groove for the plywood bottoms. After assembly, you can make the false fronts (detail ‘c’).
FALSE FRONTS. The cherry false fronts are straightforward. To act as a stop for the drawers, they are 1⁄2" longer and wider than the drawer itself. Next, add the roundover on all the edges and drill the hole needed for the knobs. Attaching the false fronts to the drawers was just a matter of applying glue to the back and clamping them centered on the drawer.
The top is a glued-up hardwood panel that attaches to the cabinet through the rails. Notice in the drawings above that the drop leaf is on the back of the cabinet. This allows you expand the worksurface yet maintain easy access to all the tools and materials you need for your sartorial journey. The leaf is attached to the top with four hinges that are hidden in a rule joint.