Big Squam: More of the Same, But Different!


Back of the cabinet. The back of a piece should look just as good as the front.

 




 



Detail of the ventilation ports. The goal was to make a piece that could reasonably hold a whole mess of electronic gear, but not be rendered obsolete should someone want to use the cabinet for something else. If you have ever seen a beautiful old hi-fi cabinet at a resale shop, you know what I mean: the piece still looks great, but the equipment inside is useless. Crackling speakers. A receiver with sticky dials. A thin, plastic turntable that wasn't all that great in its prime. All hard-wired into the cabinet, which is now just as obsolete as the equipment it houses. Those pieces always make me a little sad. Anyway, my hope is that someone, somewhere will continue to have a use for this cabinet, long after the need for wires and black boxes has passed.

 




 



Drawer Detail. The pins of the two middle drawers are "socketed" (they are proud of the surface of the drawer side) to hide the middle drawer divider. I did this for two reasons. One, I didn't like the thought of a visible drawer divider in the center of the piece without a divider underneath. (There are double doors in the lower middle section, so there was no need for a divider.) It just seemed like it would be visually awkward. The alternative would be to have one big drawer in the middle (a common, but not bad, solution), but for one reason or another I just wasn't very excited about a big drawer. I don't know, maybe I kept imagining it would rattle, or it would seem like a clunky dresser drawer. In any case, two drawers seemed right, and socketed dovetails were the only reasonable solution.

 




 



Detail of the shelf consoles. These are fun to make.

 




 



One of the little shelf consoles, hard at work.

 




 



The sideboard in its wonderful new home. I should not be allowed behind the wheel.