Welcome to part 2 of the Spice Cabinet Blog. To every part 1 there is usually a part 2 - I can't see this being any different :) --- Continue reading below.
We have worked out our Spice Cabinet design in Sketchup (Photo Above). Sketcup is wonderful - I feel it allows you to not only create the design, but also allows you do to a pre-build. In essence you get to build your project twice.
As with any project, the first time you build it, the second one is always better. Hopefully this proves true for us.
Joinery of choice is going to be dovetail. You can use box joints, locking 45 miters or any other combination of joinery you are comfortable with. This project will have well over 100 pins and tails so if you are looking at perfecting your dovetailing, you just may be an expert by the time your finished.
There were two major influences in our design. Fist, Steve Latta. We first came across Steve and the spice cabinet that has captured our interested from watching Roy Underhill. Roy had Steve on the show doing an episode on Inlaid letterin. Here is a link to the episode if you wish to watch. Inlaid Lettering / Spice Cabinet
We took Steve's basic outside case construction. We didn't change much; other than the feet and the back cover. For the feet, we are going to do shaped bracket feet vs. Steve's straight bracket feet. Having a new Laguna 14" SUV will allow us to create these with ease. We have made these in the past with a coping saw, so no excuses.
Ohh, yes, one other change to Steve's design; we opted for a fully inset door vs Steve's partial inset design.
Woodworking is all about taking what you like and making it your own so we do not mean any disrespect to Steve's design, we just wanted to add our own flair.
For the inside of the case. We are choosing a box in box design. What do I mean by this? Well, allot of spice cabinets have the inner "Pigeon Holes" "for lack of a better word" joined to the inner case. With box in box, you have your external cabinet, with an internal cabinet/box that slides into the outer box. We seen this done by Charles Neil and it just seems like a fine way to do it. As well, it will allow us to create the pigeon hole assembly from a contrasting wood such as maple. Looks real nice.
Spice cabinets are famous for their hidden compartments, We really like Steve's hideaways so we kept one just as he has his and for the second, well, we will show you in the video build. You can do as many or as few of these secret compartments as you like. We kept it simple with just 2. Or did we?
Well, that's all for part 2. What's next? Well, the drawing needs dimensioning to become a functioning set of plans. Then, it's to locate a "semi local" hardwood dealer for the Walnut and Maple.
Stay tuned for plans illustrating "our" Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet.
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