A recent furniture piece involves tambour sliding door and metal legs. I have wanted to incorporate a sliding door into my furniture for a while and seized the opportunity with this latest piece. Also integrated is a set of metal legs. The dilemma I faced was the minimal depth of the cabinet at 8 inches. The original design was to include a stand with 4 wood legs but stability was a concern. I would need to add Bird's Feet at the bottom to add stability (by increasing the depth of the stand). This to avoid the risk of tipping forward. So this metal stand solved this problem and created a new wood, metal aesthetic. Wood selection took a while as I wanted a consistent grain pattern throughout.
The interior has (3) dovetailed drawers with Holly drawer fronts. The interior drawer compartment layout is staggered and introduces asymmetry into the design. I used Ash for the cabinet. Ash is a wood I rarely use in my work and wanted to experiment with it. I like the fact that it is a naturally light wood and retains its color,,, unlike Cherry for example. I had a plank of pure white Holly that I also wanted to use in a furniture project. Incorporating the Holly for drawer fronts would complement the light-colored Ash. The sliding tambour door was an afterthought and therefore presented a bit of a challenge to get right. It worked out in the end with some judicious wood matching. I learned a few techniques in this furniture build. I will be creating more work with this type of sliding door design in the future. The cabinet and stand are diminutive in size at only 42 inches tall. It has a frame and panel back so there is no issue placing it away from a wall (Krenov philosophy). Last few images in series have a thinned, shellac finish applied.
I created a 3-part series of the actual making (overview) at my YouTube channel. Link to Part 1: