Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #4: Change of Plans?

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 08-09-2009 07:59 AM 11908 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks in large part to WhatTheChuck, I’m giving serious thought to changing the design of the underbody of the table. With all due respect to Schroeder's table, which I prefer the looks of in many ways, I think the lack of a footrest underneath is a good thing, and the spindles underneath are magnificent, yet kind of a waste of time, energy, effort, and lumber as they’ll be hidden by chairs. I think the trestle-style design might be more pragmatic, and still embody the simplicity and elegance that I’m striving for. It looks like I’ll still be making the Rodel chairs, which I guess in some way completes the set (but without the fillers in the back splat).

WhatTheChuck's version of Rodel's Taliesin Desk

Schroeder's Table

pashley's Rodel chairs

Cool video of Kevin Rodel making the back splat of his chair on

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#1 posted 08-20-2009 04:02 PM

I think both designs are interesting. I don’t think that the long rail functions as a footrest. You can’t even reach it with your feet on mine. Also, you can sit eight easily at my Stickey Table Click for details

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#2 posted 08-20-2009 04:24 PM

I prefer the trestle style also.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 06:08 PM

I should probably post this design by Rex Alexander as my other choice:

Rex Alexander's Side Chair

It’s a free plan on FWW. I’m going to print it out and compare the design to Kevin Rodel’s. Luckily, I still have time to decide. To date, I’ve only made the template for the Rodel chair.

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