Hello Everyone . These next series of videos I’m going to document how I went about producing a Krevnov style cabinet. It is based on the article in the Fine woodworking magazine – issue 208.
This cabinet is for my personal collection and will be made of the 2 timbers I love the most – Tasmanian Blackwood and Huon Pine. As you can see, its quite an attractive looking cabinet featuring contrasting timbers.
This is the finished cabinet now sitting proudly in my house. My variation is that I have changed the door design to by removing the glass and replacing it with some birds eye huon pen veneer.
I start out by rough sawing all the timber to s ize, then let it rest for about a month in the corner of the workshop so the timber can find its own equilibrium. Here it is on the trolley.
First thing to do is to cut the legs to length. They are 50mm square x 975mm or 2″ square x38 1/2″. I then mark the top of the legs of how they will sit on the cabinet. The pencil marks are too light for the video so here it is with a sharpie.
I use a box to represent each corner of the cabinet and a F to mark the Front of the cabinet and L and R to show which is Left and which is right. I then cut the rails to length ensuring that they are both exactly the same length. The rail lengths are 500mm x 25mm x 80mm high and 235mm x 25mm x 80mm high. There are different joints that you can use for your cabinets, but with this project, I decided to use dowels. This jig is the “os” jig – invented and made here in Australia. Its simple, quick and accurate to use. I could of used the festol domino tool but decided against it for this part of the cabinet.
I’m using 3 x 8mm dowels for each joint. Drilling the holes was easy and accurate.
Next step in the process to make a jig to shape the legs. I could of individually mark each leg and shaped them by hand, but it easier to make a jig. That’s why when my Mother or any of my siblings wants me to make one for them too, I have the jig already made.
I begin with a piece of ply wood – I mark out where the leg will be sitting on the jig. I draw out how I want the curves on the legs to be shaped. I then call upon my trusty assistant to make the curve out for me.
Once marked, the ply then goes onto the bandsaw to cut out the shape. I cut it about 2mm shy off the line because the band saw is not accurate enough for me.
I then use a spoke shave to bring the edge down to the marked line.
Once the front edge done, I then work on the back. I use a drill to open up a hole for the scroll saw to start. I could of used a jig saw to do the same thing but I prefer the scroll saw over the jig saw. Its also more accurate.
The scroll saw is quite accurate so I cut fairly close to the line.
once it is all done, I then go and clean up all the cuts with a spoke shave and sand paper. The more accurate and smooth the template, the better the results will be on your transfer, which translates to less work planing and sanding on your piece.

In the next video we complete the making off the this jig templete for the legs. this will enable you to do multiple legs in only minutes