Accent Cabinet

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A simple approach to an elegant cabinet

This contemporary cabinet will grace any room with a touch of elegance. Its plywood case construction combines with solid wood doors to make a worthy challenge for any ambitious  woodworker. Biscuit joinery connects the case parts except for the applied side rails, which are simply glued in place. The door frames are built with loose tenon joints and are dressed up with a quirk & bead detail. But because mitering an integral profile on an otherwise squared joint is fussy work, I opted to create beaded strips separately, mitering them to fit inside the frame. And rather than constructing multiple-pane doors, I cut the muntin gridwork to overlay a single glass pane in each door.

To aid you in the build, check out our website, where you’ll find a series of free articles that delve deeper into certain aspects of the project. They include tips for making and attaching great table tops, laminating legs from thin stock, creating loose tenon joinery, and hanging inset doors. You’ll also find a plywood cutting guide and a parts list for this cabinet. Plus, our Buyer’s Guide (p. 62) has the pricing and product information for the tools I used in the build.

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