…and the first was years ago before I developed my acute interest in furniture. It would be easy to see it without realizing what it really is.

The eminent author and scholar Christopher Schwarz just did an article on Roy Underhill’s Nail Chest for Popular Woodworking. It has 21 storage drawers in a wall mounted cabinet. The below cabinet is for the drawer adverse. It has 24 storage compartments and only one drawer. The other 23 compartments are covered by sliding doors. The drawer holds the sliding drawers in place.

Mechanics cabinet. The only drawer is upper left. One sliding door is missing. The molding on the left side of the cabinet is also missing.

Mechanics cabinet. The only drawer is upper left. One sliding door is missing. The molding on the left side of the cabinet is also missing.

The drawer locks and is a bit on the short side. It slides out...

The drawer locks and is a bit on the short side. It slides out…

and pushes in. When pushed in, doors are able to slide past it.

and pushes in. When pushed in, doors are able to slide past it.

The drawer locks the entire cabinet. When you unlock the drawer and pull it out or push it in, the doors are able to slide and give access to the contents behind the doors. The top row of doors slide to the left when the drawer is pushed in. In the second and third row, the leftmost door slides up (vertically) allowing the remaining seven doors to slide left. To get to the bottom right door, you must push in the drawer, slide the two leftmost doors up and then slide all of the remaining doors to the left. A bit cumbersome but it works. The doors that slide vertically have molding on the top and/or bottom to allow doors to slide over them.

To see the whole set of pictures on Flickr, click here.

A few interesting details from the pictures:

The horizontal dividers are made from 3 pieces of 1/4″ stock.

The horizontal center moldings are two pieces affairs.

The vertical dividers are thinned to fit in the dadoes in the case.

And a few I’ll let you find on on your own.

I might need to go back and look at it again before I try to build it.

Kind of reminds me of the old Sliding Puzzles of my youth.

Sliding Puzzle