Classic Chimney Cupboard

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A favorite design of Scott Phillips

Designer: Scott Phillips
Builder: Chuck Hedlund

Overall dimensions: 23 11/16" w x 14 1/8" d x 78 1/2" h

The narrow, tall lines of this cupboard so resembled a chimney that old-timers affectionately referred to it as a chimney cupboard. Originally found in kitchens, the small footprint provided storage in an area of the house where space was limited. However, because of its versatility, this country classic soon found its way out of the kitchen and into other areas of the house. For instance, you might find it useful as a pantry, toiletry cabinet, or linen closet.

Inspired by the chimney cupboard designed by Scott Phillips and seen on his popular PBS woodworking series The American Woodshop, this pleasing project proves easy to build. Simple rabbets and dadoes make up the case construction, while dowel joints hold the face frame together. To save you money, we chose economical ¾" pine (be sure to check your stock thickness). It comes in a variety of molding profiles to crown your finished project. When selecting your pine, go with flat, straight stock to ensure smooth construction. If you are unable to find stock wide enough for case sides or shelves, edge-glue narrower boards to achieve the proper widths. (For more on this wood, see “Spotlight on White Pine,” page 76.)

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