How to Build a Jelly Cupboard
Construct a cupboard from edge-glued pine panels, or select one to buy and get a jump on making preserves
This classic cabinet became popular in the mid-1800s, when heartland homesteaders, far from town centers, needed a handy spot to stockpile preserves. Sometimes you'll see more ornate, antique versions in oak or cherry, but most are painted pine, like this handsome example. If you want to build one, we recommend working with edge-glued panels. They give you enough width to get the face frame and door out of a single piece, and, unlike plywood, the cut edges are smooth and feel finished when painted. If you prefer to spend your time canning, you can certainly buy a cupboard. Typically, the more you pay, the more weathered the finish. But whether you build or buy, don't think you have to keep this versatile accent piece in the kitchen—or stocked with jelly, for that matter.
Shown: Colonial Primitive Jelly Cabinet, Michelle's Pretty Prims, about $95; etsy.com