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Forum topic by smgaines posted 1291 days ago 699 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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smgaines

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1291 days ago

I’m working on a console table design for my office and need some help.

console table

I’m trying to decide how many drawers to have. I initially thought one but I’m afraid its going to be too wide and rack on me when I open and close it. I’ve looked at 2 and 3 drawers as well. I’ve also come up with a design that would use 4. The image below shows what the 4 drawer front rail would look like. The two middle drawers would be 12 in and the two outside drawers would be 6. I’m planning on using a single board for the front rail with inset drawers.

4 drawer front

I like the 4 drawer front, but I’m afraid it may not be proportioned right. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Here’s a link to my blog that has bigger images if you need them: http://www.mybasementworkshop.com/?p=172

Scott

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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 1291 days ago

I agree with the four drawer front. I like small drawyers very much, and when combined with the more useful larger drawers they give a good combination of style and usefulness. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

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KnickKnack

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#2 posted 1291 days ago

Purely from an aesthetic viewpoint, I like the large single drawer.

That said, I have a somewhat similar piece (which I did not build) with 2 drawers…

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1291 days ago

The one looks great.
If you go for a Greene & Greene style centre runner it wont rack.

Jamie

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#4 posted 1289 days ago

I agree with Alba, a center runner will solve any racking problems and it is a clean design. However a big drawer like that can be a nightmare functionally depending on what you put in it. Stuff could roll around and make it very hard to find small things.

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