Tuesday, January 12, 2010

No. 12 Media Cabinet With Legs

     I have had my wife choose the categories from the hat for the last few posts. She's way hotter than Vanna and my hope was that chance would think so too and bring more variety to this exercise. It has worked out pretty well, but chance couldn't resist presenting me my old nemesis : Media Cabinet. But I'm a bigger man that I was last week and I have finally reconciled the fact that with chance you've gotta take the bad with the good, so lets draw a media cabinet. What I hadn't thought of until this very moment is that the same category does not the same style dictate. So not only is this a media cabinet, it is a contemporary media cabinet. Sorry about that.
     Well, after such an exuberant and exciting introduction to this obviously amazing piece of furniture, why don't we take a look. I started with the legs and worked my way up and in (wow, that sounded like a romance novel. Not that I would know what that...never mind). The case features component storage space on top whose door pivots up and slides into the cabinet. The center drawer is for CD/DVD storage, and the bottom space is like the top but swings down. This cabinet would look best with a lighter wood for the cabinet and dark wood for the legs, rails and door/drawer pull.

The Good: This is a simple but, I think, stately piece. Very functional in it's utility, and beautiful in an understated way.
The Bad: The only thing that comes to mind is a little more graceful treatment for the tops of the legs. 


kweinert said...

So the doors are somewhat like classical lawyers bookshelves? Only they go both directions?

I'm a little confused by the drawing though - is there both an internal and external set of doors? The handles look like they go horizontally, not vertically. Probably just the way I'm looking at it.

jamon schlimgen cabinetmaker said...

I can see how the drawing is a little unclear. The top left, far right (perspective) and "door pull detail" mid bottom, show what is essentially a vertical contrasting wood strip applied to or integrated into the doors/drawer. This strip sits about 1/8 inch proud of the door surfaces at top and bottom (to allow clearance for sliding into the cabinet, then form a single cloud lift form near and over the drawer, protruding as much as 1 1/4 inches so that they can be grabbed/pulled comfortably.
The drawing at bottom left shows the doors flipped up/down in pushed into the cabinet. The horizontal lines in the drawing represent the drawer (center-still closed) and two shelves (one top and one bottom. Hope this cleared it up. Looking at it now though I may have muddied the waters further, but I hope not.

kweinert said...

Ah, ok - so when opened the doors don't recess completely into the case and the handle is more the grab and lift rather than the slide kind.

Makes sense now, thanks for clarifying.

Torch02 said...

I guess that the cabinet itself is not as wide as the legs, but the doors themselves are? If so, I like it even more!

Also, where is the divide between the top and bottom doors? I could see arguments for it bisecting the middle/contrasting panels or for the top door being bigger, completely encompassing that middle panel. I would prefer the latter, especially if the bottom door was only as tall as the the CD/DVD shelf itself, allowing complete access to that middle shelf just by opening the top door.

jamon schlimgen cabinetmaker said...

You just exploded my brain but I think I have it back together.
OK, first things first. You are correct. The cabinet is narrower than the legs BUT the doors and drawer are inset into the cabinet making them narrower than the legs.
I decided on the door drawer door configuration for a few reasons.
1)I liked how it looked.
2)To allow the doors to open properly and not protrude too far from the cabinet when slid inside (if the cabinet is 20" deep and the door was over 21" tall it would protrude more than 1" from the front of the cabinet which starts to feel uncomfortable)
3)I wanted the cabinet to be symmetric, contrasting the bottom heavy feel of the base.
If the dimensions allowed and an asymmetric cabinet-reflecting-the-legs look was the desired effect I think that would work almost as well as well (though sliding a small door into the case might have a few issues).

kweinert said...

Not that this piece needs it, mind you, but a nice touch, especially as it's a media cabinet, would be to mount some sort of light on the inside bottom of the upper door. When you lifted the door and slid it closed that would depress a momentary switch that would turn on the light (perhaps making the electrical connection as well so you don't have wires dragging) so that you could easily see into the drawers when you head over at night to get a new CD or DVD.

Yes, I primarily do computer stuff and see tech applications where they don't belong. It'd certainly add a complication to the piece that's not necessarily needed, but something in the idea appeals to me :)