Maher Prairie Sideboard

THIS APPARENTLY SIMPLE side­board is actually a study in balance, symmetry and proportion inspired by the furniture designs of George W. Maher, a noted American architect of the Prairie School. Maher was widely admired for houses that were remarkable for their open and flowing spaces graced with furniture fashioned from basic geometric shapes. A contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, Maher is considered by many architectural historians to have had as much, if not more, influence on 20the century American design as his more famous confederate.

DIMENSIONS: 68"W x 36"H x 30"D.

HERITAGE PERIOD: Arts & Crafts, 1900-1941

The sideboard is an example of simple geometric shapes assembled into a harmonious whole. Its thick 1-1/4" top is balanced by sturdy reverse-tapered legs that give it a look of stolidity. The two generous drawers are installed on full-extension, steel glides mounted out of sight beneath the drawers, for smooth, trouble-free operation for many years. The shelf not only supports the legs, but provides additional storage. The wood used is carefully selected from the finest available hardwoods.

The sideboard is part of an ensemble that includes a coordinating dining table and tall floor cupboard both designed using the motif-rhythm process pioneered by Maher, it provides a generous platform for serving food in any Arts & Crafts era dining room.

The Prairie Sideboard is available in five standard wood species, red and white oak, mahogany, black walnut and American cherry. The table top can be hard maple for durability when used as a kitchen table, with another, more dec­o­ra­tive, wood making up the rest of the table. We can also make it without a top so you can add your own countertop to match the rest of your kitchen. We will send along plans for your counter-top fabricator.

CUSTOMIZATION: And, as is usual with our completely hand made furniture, you can customize it to fit your exact requirements with any size and combination of drawers and shelves that will fit into the case.

CRAFTSMANSHIP: Crafted with precession joinery typical of fine Arts and Crafts Period furnishings, it also includes the latest drawer tech­nol­o­gy. Our full extension under-mount glides are virtually invisible and make drawer operation smooth, safe and trouble-free. A self-close mechanism softly shuts the drawer for you and makes sure it stays closed. Each pair of slides is rated to hold 100 lbs.

The decorative hardware is authentic hammered bronze or wrought iron for absolute authenticity. Available in five standard wood species and over 60 standard finishes. If none of these suit you, then pick a wood and we'll see if we can get it.

Finished in our seventeen-step hand-applied finish using durable and nearly indestructible polyurethane, this is a piece designed and built to last many lifetimes with minimal care. We also offer custom finishes including hand-polished lacquer.

• Dining room sideboard
• Kitchen work table (the height is raised to 36")

MATCHING FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES: This sideboard is part of the Maher Prairie Collection of dining room furnishings that includes:

• The Maher Prairie Dining Table
• The Maher Prairie Chimney Cupboard

Both of these are available through this site, or contact us for ensemble pricing.

PROVENANCE & WARRANTY: Every item we make is signed by the craftsman who makes it, and comes with a certificate of provenance and, usually, a copy of the plans and drawings from which it was made. It is warranted in writing against defects in our workmanship for as long as you own it.. Contact us for a copy of our "No-Nonsense, Plain-English, Limited Warranty"

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