two cherry tables

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Project by dan mosheim posted 08-15-2011 04:54 AM 2095 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok, you’ve probably figured it out by now … we didn’t really build two cherry dining tables laast week; we built a 1/8th scale model for a 42” x 120” cherry dining table to study two different design choices. the first is a stretcher with a simple arc between two glued up solid verticals. the second was the same, only with a ‘cloud lift’ greene and greene inspired stretcher. our clients decided to add a third, open element based on a model for a table we made about 20 years ago .. my client and my metal working son sam came up with the idea you see in the drawing to ‘suspend’ the stretcher in the middle of the ‘open’ trestle ends … i think it’s going to be cool … this post is to emphasize my belief that a quickly, yet carefully constructed scale model can be an invaluable design study aid, particularly when used with some judicious photographing … for more info on this particular model study see this link to a more substantial blog post

and for more blog posts on models and mockups, try this link (scroll down) ... they are some of your most potent and powerful design/sales tools …

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 05:02 AM

do you hire ?

short contracts

sweet work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 05:31 AM

I like the first one the best. They are both nice though! They should be some really cool full size tables!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 06:22 AM

Of the three, I prefer the second. This reminds me of my father-in-law’s favorite saying,”That’s what makes horse racing.” Honestly, all three models are great. I’m looking forward to the final product.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 06:53 AM

Looks like the normal probability density function (pdf) for the curve of the right picture in the middle row.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 03:23 PM

Planning is the most difficult step in any of my creative projects. I need more skill at creating scale drawings to help with proportion etc. Your model making takes this planning phase to a level beyond what I think I will ever be able to achieve. I can see by your example just how helpful the models are. Thanks.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 04:38 PM

I am anxious to see how this turns out, as I like the addition of the suspended stretcher. That adds an entirely different element to the piece. The first table reminded me of a suspension bridge, and I think by suspending the stretcher and opening the leg area up, it’ll lighten the overall look, as well as make it look more architectural in nature.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 09:30 PM

I like the first design the most, although both are still very pretty. thanks for the post.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 02:52 AM

thank you all for your thoughtful comments. and, keep everlastingly at it … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 06:21 PM

Great work as always Dan!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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