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SLIDING DOVETAILS • Cutting the sliding dovetail on the sides using a homemade jig. Cut the female part first, then cut the male part as shown here.

SLIDING DOVETAILS • Cutting the sliding dovetail on the sides using a homemade jig. Cut the female part first, then cut the male part as shown here.

A few summers ago my wife and I were traveling through Martha’s Vineyard on vacation when we stopped at a small antiques store. On one wall was a simple hanging cupboard with two flat panel doors. Its simplicity and convenience caught my eye, and I had never seen one quite like it before. Rather than buying the piece I took a photo and thanked the storekeeper for her time. Once home I spent some time rethinking the cupboard and redesigned it to add some details, including the beading on the door edges and the back slats. The original had been made of pine, but I opted for a more dramatic bird’s-eye maple for the exterior with painted poplar inside.

Here’s how the cupboard goes together: sliding dovetails hold the top to the two sides. The center shelf and bottom rest in dadoes cut in the sides.


 

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