I would be concerned with the piece being too top-heavy once the drawers
get filled up. A consideration with the traditional
drawers-on-bottom-shelves-on-top design has always been to lower the center
of gravity. You also have to think about how the top drawer would
seriously offset the balance of the piece when it was full *and* open.
"We have money to blow up bridges over the Tigress and Euphrates and we
don't have money to build bridges in our major cities. We have money to
When you say "keep it open", do you mean no backside also? If you were to
rabbet in a piece of 1/8 inch ply, it'd stabilize quite well. Even just a back
on the drawers would ridgidify it pretty well. Tom
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