Traditional Cherry Wardrobe

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Bedroom storage never looked better.

For centuries, wardrobes stood out as symbols of affluence. Kings and queens used them to store their showy garments, as did the wealthy. Today, they provide additional closet space in the bedroom for hanging and folded clothing. This accommodating cherry and poplar piece, with its understated traditional design, features fixed and adjustable shelves, closet space for hanging clothes, and four drawers.

When building it, you’ll learn how to glue-up large panels, assemble casework in stages using biscuits, machine and install a tongue-and-groove paneled back, build and hang raised-panel doors, and make and install simple but sturdy drawers. You’ll also discover my tricks for dealing with wood movement. Keep your clamps handy for this project, as you’ll find yourself using them several times during the construction. Now, let’s make an heirloom.

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