When designing and building the entry cabinet
I built some
prototype doors and test panels. Those pieces set in the shop
since 2003, gathering dust and waiting for an application. A test
panel to prototype dimensions and design was built from soft maple,
sycamore, and sassafras.
This narrow-front cabinet uses that panel as an inset door.
The cabinet carcase and drawer are built from hard maple. Finish
is Arm-R-Seal. The sassafras door panel was dyed with TransTint
colors to proivde a pleasing contrast to the rails and
stiles. The cabinet has found a place in my office as a
The cabinet was planned using VariCAD with a 3D model, rendered
to a 2D drawing
3D Model without Door
Shop-modified 2D Drawings Although
I got lucky and got the first boards in a new pallet of hard maple,
there was still considerable bowing on some of the wood. Instead
of the planned 11/16" stock thickness, the material needed to be planed
to 5/8" thickness. The modifications redlined onto the drawing
reflect the effects of that change in dimensions.
- Dimensions are 37" high by 11 1/2" wide by 8" deep
- The cabinet is attached to the wall with an integral French
cleat. i.e., the French cleat is recessed into the back of the cabinet
such that the cabinet sides contact the wall and the cleat is not
visible from the side. That does mean that the cabinet sides are
11/16" deeper than the usable cabinet depth. The French cleat is
rabbeted into the sides of the cabinet, therefore all the weight of the
cabinet is on the sides, not the top and bottom.
- The lower shelf (above the drawer) is a sliding dovetail into
- The door is attached using knife hinges. The mortises were
cut after dry-fitting and prior to glueing up the carcase allowing most
of the mortises to be cut via router.
- Finish is semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal clear urethane wipe-on
varnish. This finish brought out the quilting in the maple while
preserving the light color of the wood. The sassafras door panel
was finished with Arm-R-Seal, tinted with Mixol dye. Dye
selection was trial and error on a test piece until the desired tint
- The drawer has a stop on the bottom to prevent pulling it out
completely. This stop rotates to allow removing the drawer
Completed Narrow-Front Cabinet