Jeff Segal Cabinetmaker - Handmade furniture in the Arts and Crafts tradition

Cherry bedside cabinets

Pair of cherry cabinetsCherry cabinets - open drawer

Cherry cabinet - front viewCherry cabinets - construction detailsCherry cabinets - veneered panels

Two bedside cabinets in solid English cherry with dovetailed drawers, pegged doors and hand-veneered panels

These elegant but practical cabinets are made almost entirely in solid English wild cherry (Prunus avium), with infill panels in a matching ripple cherry veneer that gives the doors, backs and sides a natural shimmer.

The hand-cut detailing is typical of Arts and Crafts pieces from the Cotswold School, with features like exposed dovetails, pegged tenons, chamfered legs and arched rails. The veneering was also done in the traditional way, using animal glue, a hot iron and a wooden hammer. The drawer bottoms are made in solid UK-grown cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) and fixed in place with authentic moulded slips.

Known in the antiques trade as 'pot cupboards', cabinets like these would originally have housed chamber pots. The brass drop handles and the Queen Anne-style drawer pulls are copies of early 18th-century English hardware.

For a detailed breakdown showing all the stages of construction, take a look at my project diary.

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