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Arts and Crafts Inspired Sideboard

comments (6) January 31st, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

MichaeldeGroot MichaeldeGroot, member
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This project is now complete.  Attached is a design rendering of the project using Google Sketch-up along with a picture of the finished, stained piece.  

The entire piece is made of quartersawn white oak with a few minor exceptions.  Each door consists of 6 separate panes of glass.  The drawers use center-mounted, underneath drawer slides.  If I had to do things over again, I would make regular, old-fashioned drawer slides so that the drawers wouldn't rock back and forth.  

The project took me approximately two summers to complete.  The first summer was simply building the carcass.  The second summer focused on the carcass glue-up, the table top, drawers and doors.


Design or Plan used: My own design

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Comments (6)

Leopardwood Leopardwood writes: Padauker is right about "design by committee". You are going to make some great pieces and some not so great pieces. The more you make the more refined you designing abilities will become.

Sometimes what you design in a CAD program doesn't look the same once the piece is completed.

Keep on designing and building!
Posted: 2:32 pm on February 8th

padauker padauker writes: Just a thought about the "backsplash" panel on top, it looks like it has a curve similar to the bottom of the cabinet. I think I'd be more inclined to leave no space at the bottom of the back panel. Have you tried flipping the backsplash so the curve mirrors the curve on the bottom? And possibly then make it convex instead of concave? Maybe easy to try these out in Sketch-up. Of course, design by committee can lead to weak designs so feel free to ignore this.
Posted: 1:51 pm on February 1st

MichaeldeGroot MichaeldeGroot writes: Josea, Thanks for the feedback. I'll definitely give it a try. In the past, how have you made such tapers. Is it all router, band-saw or table-saw or some combination of the three based? Thanks!
Posted: 9:44 am on February 1st

MichaeldeGroot MichaeldeGroot writes: Pintodeluxe,

Thanks for your comments. What do you think about the drawers? Should they perhaps be shallower as well or do you think they look alright? I think you're right about the top - I could probably go from 2" to 1.5" or maybe even 1" and still achieve the same effect. Thanks!
Posted: 9:41 am on February 1st

Josea Josea writes: Hi Mike, Looking good.....Your design has an oriental appearance but consider inverted tapering the front legs with a slight curve so it matches the back board and bottom front curve and bring in the extended top.
Posted: 5:55 am on February 1st

pintodeluxe pintodeluxe writes: I like your design, especially the layout of the door glass.
The top reads a little heavy to my eye. Would it look better with a slightly thinner top?
Posted: 5:19 pm on January 31st

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