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Several readers have asked some questions about the Shaker Wall Cupboard I built for the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (mailing now to subscribers). Here are the answers.

While I think it’s a handsome piece, where do you anticipate someone
using it in their home? Do you actually advocate hanging this thing up
on a wall somewhere? Why not show a picture of the finished product
being used in someone’s home?

Answer: While I don’t know what
the cabinet was used for by the Shakers, this is a good size for a
small spice cabinet or bathroom cabinet in a guest bath. We didn’t take a
photo of it on the wall because I had built the project during a class I
was teaching at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking and left the
cabinet there. So that’s where Kelly took the photo. So it was a
practical reason, not an artistic one.

Also…just curious….if
you’re going to make a piece of “Shaker” furniture, why do you use
modern butt hinges? They don’t go with the piece at all and stick out
like a sore thumb.


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