Captivating Curiosities Uncovered: The One Project To Build

The title of this “Captivating Curiosities Uncovered” is audacious. In fact, I think I should underline the second word in the title. (I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but I am uncovering the perfect woodworking project and you’ve been curious to know what that project is, right?) I’m jumping on top of my soap box to say that this hanging cupboard is the project to build if you’re a new woodworker or want to become a better woodworker. It’s something that I’ve felt was true for many years. I now get to explain why I think this.

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5 thoughts on “Captivating Curiosities Uncovered: The One Project To Build

  1. Hi Glen –

    I’m thinking about building this (both because it’s lovely and I’ll learn new skills) and have some questions.

    1. How are the backboards attached? If I understand the diagram, they are only in 1/8″ rabbets on the top and bottom which doesn’t seem to be enough space for a nail, and it’s a cross-grain situation for glue.

    2. Similarly, how is the front face frame attached, is it just glued even where the rails meet the top and bottom?

    3. Is the sketchup file available? I’m sure I’ll have more questions as I get further along.

    Thanks & sorry if these are dumb questions.

    1. Brian,

      No such thing as a dumb question. If you don’t get it, I didn’t explain it properly.

      Backboards are nailed. There’s a case nailer (exploded view and cut list) that fits just under the top and in front of the backboards. The back is also nailed to the two shelves. The front face frame is a flat-grain-to-flat-grain glued joint – I often install square pegs, but they are decorative at best. I do have a SketchUp drawing, and I’m happy to answer questions when they come up.

  2. Hi Glen –

    I’m about to start on this and have another dumb question. How do you actually hang the hanging chest? If I understand the drawing the backboards are flush with the sides, so I don’t think you’d want to use a cleat since the cupboard would then not be flush with the wall. Would you just drill through the back and screw into studs?

    1. Brian,

      I use a pair of simple brass hangers that screw to the back of the cabinet, into its top if you can, and are held in the wall with nails or screws. here’s a link to some I found at Woodcraft:

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