Sideboard design – based on Chris Gochnour FWW #277
I’ve started building a version of Chris’ sideboard (https://www.finewoodworking.com/2019/07/24/build-a-contemporary-sideboard), and I’m tripping over some design related to the extra drawers in my version.
Here’s the two options I’m considering:
Option 1 – drawers concealed behind sliding door
Option 2 – exposed drawers with one hinged door
Chris’ version has a cabinet with shelf on both sides of the case. Mine will go in a home office, and one side has a tall filing drawer instead of a shelf. Putting a sliding door in front of that (option 1) seems awkward, and the symmetry of it all seems a bit forced. It’s definitely neat though.
Option 2 nixes the sliding doors all together. One side gets a door on Brusso L37 inset hinge, and the drawer fronts are then exposed for the rest of the cabinet. This option is probably the most efficient with space, and I feel like it fairly balanced and interesting to look at. I have really nice timber to run continuous grain across all the drawer fronts too. It also means I could use brass drawer pulls to dress it up a little, since there’s no door clearance to worry about. Only concern is it may be hard to get the drawer heights to line up like pictured. It all comes down the height of the file drawer.
Keen to hear feedback. I feel like either approach would be okay, but I’m stuck on the decision!