|Forum topic by jdmaher||posted 03-22-2012 05:13 PM||2075 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-22-2012 05:13 PM
I’ve been putting off this project for a couple of years now, because I lack confidence in both my skills and my design. I have two large boards of well-figured 8/4 cherry that I’ve been hoarding for about 7 years, and I’m afraid to waste the material. They should be enough for most of this piece (though I’ll probably have to buy a bit of 4/4 and some plywood for the panels). Time to get going, though. My wife’s waited long enough.
This will be used as a cabinet to hold/hide electronic components. It will be placed next to a fireplace (flat screen above the mantle). Top will be left free for decorative “stuff” (flower baskets and what-all). It’s sized to use up virually all the space available, and is intenionally tall to complement the fireplace surround (overall, 52” wide x 38” tall).
I’d love to get some input on the design. I’d like general feedback, but I have a few aspects that I’m particularly worried about.
1. Face frame has no exterior stiles. I’m planning the face flush to front of the legs. But that means the left-most inset door will have hinges mounted to the leg. Am I buying trouble here?
2. Face frame interior stiles too wide? They are shown same width as legs (1.75”). I’ve done similiar configurations before, and “in the wood” the interior stiles always seem too wide. Maybe 1.25” or 1.5”?
3. Beveled lower edge to top. The top will be the full thickness of the 8/4 boards, but I believe I need to “lighten” the look. Question is, what’s the safe way to do this? I’m thinking tablesaw with a high auxilary fence will work for the length. But depth cut?
I’ll appreciate any feedback I can get.
-- Jim Maher, Illinois