Wall-Hung Display Cabinet

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Foolproof joinery and eye-catching detail in one lovely package

Author/Builder: Geoffrey Noden; Designer: Yeung Chan

Small treasures beg worthy display. This cabinet, designed by furnituremaker Yeung Chan, is a treasure itself, and perfect for housing prized possessions. Beautifully proportioned, it includes radiused sides and decorative mullions that overlay the door glass. The door projects slightly beyond the sides, creating a stepped reveal to complement the offset rails and stiles. The frame-and-panel back underscores the fine craftsmanship, and the bottom riser shelf elevates items above the lower door rail. Elegant, discrete knife hinges prevent interruption of the cabinet lines, and the door pull nestles in a notch in the case side. The projecting front edges of the notched adjustable shelves press against the glass to mimic muntins. I built the cabinet from mahogany, but you can use Spanish cedar (a mahogany substitute) or other reasonably straight-grained wood. The joinery in this project is surprisingly simple, involving a bit of doweling and some tablesaw and router work. In addition to performing basic shaping with a hand plane and spokeshave, you’ll also learn how to install knife hinges and create overlay mullions. Work carefully and you’ll have one exceptional cabinet on the wall and a batch of handy skills under your belt

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