Help me choose what to build for a video workshop
I’ll be filming a new Video Workshop soon. This time around I’ll be making a bow front wall cabinet and showing techniques for making curved doors and drawer fronts. There will also be some veneering involved–most likely shop sawn. At any rate, I haven’t quite decided on a design. I’ve winnowed my ideas down to two basic designs. I’m interested to see what y’all think about them. The first design is a vertical cabinet with a symmetric or regular curve across the front. There are two doors above two rows of drawers. The inside would be fitted out with a shelf and perhaps a row of drawers. The second design is horizontal and has an asymmetric curve along the front. There is a door on the left, which meets the vertical divider at the apex of the curve. There are two drawers beneath a shelf on the right. The overall size of both cabinets is small. The vetrical on is 12 in. wide by 20 in. tall. The horitzontal one is 24 in. wide by 9 in. tall.
As for the techniques for building the two, they really won’t vary.
So, tell me what you think. Should I make the first one or the second one? And let me know if there are any questions you’ve always had about working with curves or veneering. I’ll see if I can answer them.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback. I had a feeling cabinet 1 would be the more popular choice. It is a more practical cabinet and I’m not surprised it has the broader appeal. That’s not to say we’ve made the final decision, but I think cabinet 1 is the direction we’ll go.
I’ve taken note of the various other requests made, too, and I’ll do my best to address them in the video. There are a few issues raised that I know won’t be addressed. For example, the cabinet won’t have legs. It’s designed to be hung on the wall (both are, in fact). The back won’t also be curved. It’s for a flat wall. However, if I did need to make a cabinet for a curved wall, I would use the techniques on the back as on the front, so you the video will still be helpful. Finally, there were a few request for me to show alternative methods. I’ll do what I can there. The drawers can be done at least two different ways, but the doors would be very hard to do without a vacuum press. I use a fairly inexpensive press. But I don’t want to go too far down this road right now. I’ve got to save something for the video. I should point out, though, that the cabinet would look great without the doors, too.
Option 1. A vertical cabinet with a regular curve across the front.
Option 2. A horizontal cabinet with an asymmetric curve across the front.