Shaker Spice Cupboard (or Block plane cupboard)

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Project by Jersey posted 1042 days ago 1944 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Shaker style cupboard is based on the Finewoodworking Magazine project by Garrett Hack ( The whole thing is made from solid cherry (except the drawer which is maple). The top and bottom are attached to the sides in sliding dovetails. The shelves are dadoed. Face frame and door are mortice & tenon. The back is shiplapped with a bead running down each joint. Hinges are from Brusso and the knob is from Lee Valley. The finish is a oil/ varnish mix.

The drawer is made from maple and has through dovetails (done on my leigh jig and not by hand). I veneered the front with some curly maple veneer but it hasn’t popped as much as I would have liked. I am also not sure whether the drawer would have been better made in Cherry keeping the whole thing one colour.

I really enjoyed making this piece which was commissioned by my wife to hold our herbs & spices. The cupboard is already nearly full so I can see the need for a bigger version which means that this one will be ideal for my block planes in the workshop! ;-)

All comments and critiques welcome.

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#1 posted 1042 days ago

Very nice job on the cabinet. Been wanting to do this one myself for a while now.

-- Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. --- Psalm 39:5

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#2 posted 1041 days ago

Straight into my Favorites !! This is a beautiful cabinet no matter what you store in it : )
I like the drawer design , but it pales in comparison to the Cherry. Maybe if it was Tiger or Birdseye Maple, it would have been a plus to this project. Just my honest opinion.
Looks like you will soon be out of Spice space and the drawer will have to find another home anyway . LOL
The raised panel inside was unexpected eye candy : )

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#3 posted 1041 days ago

I have been looking at that design too.
My my, you have done a good job on it.
I love it, just beautiful.

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#4 posted 1041 days ago

Gorgeous piece! Really nice grain matching that gives a nice, quiet, balanced look. Beautiful!

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#5 posted 1041 days ago

Very well done, great job!!

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#6 posted 1041 days ago

And great planning to ensure it did not hold enough spice. : ^ )

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#7 posted 1039 days ago

That’s a really nice cabinet Jersey. Although you say you’re not sure about it, I really like the Cherry & Maple combination. Good Work!

BTW, I just had a look at Garrett’s cabinet….I think you did better with wood choice, hardware and leaving out the banding :-)

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#8 posted 1035 days ago

Many thanks Dave
Whilst I prefer simple lines and a lack of ornamentation I am not up to the exalted standards of Mr Hack himself. It is a good thing that I can select my own pictures to post! It helps hide the blemishes. Although I agree about the banding & hardware. And you can’t really go wrong with cherry (IMHO) .

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#9 posted 803 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. I think having all the matching spice cans fits the style very well. Where did you or your wife get them?

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#10 posted 803 days ago

wonderful shaker piece ,so very well done.

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#11 posted 803 days ago

Thanks MNGary and a1Jim. Your comments are much appreciated.

The tins are great and so are the spices and herbs that come in them. We get them from our local grocer but you can get them online Not sure if they ship to the US.

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