Shaker-Style Cupboard Woodworking Plan
The Shakers viewed veneers as "deceitful," and declared that "whatever is fashioned, let it be plain and simple." They used solid maple extensively and particularly admired bird's-eye maple. These resourceful folks also developed the first tongue-and-groove and splining machines to facilitate joining solid woods. The design shown at left follows the Shaker philosophy quite closely.
This cupboard consists of two basic assemblies—the base cabinet and the upper case. And though we tell you how to build each separately, you may want to glue up the panels for both units at the same time. By doing it this way, you'll have less downtime—the panels will be ready for machining when you are. Note also that the ends, shelves, and top of both the base cabinet and upper case are made up for width in the same way, which simplifies construction greatly.
The cupboard stands approximately 78" tall by 37" wide and 18-1/2" deep
WOOD Issue 4, April 1985