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I need help with a design issue

by Alongiron
posted 11-25-2011 06:48 PM


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MrRon

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 07:36 PM

I like the skewed 45° to the legs (middle picture). If you could get a piece of solid surface material (Corian), it would look great for a top; otherwise a round top covered with a laminate.
Definitely, the middle picture. I like it because the raw ends of the legs at the top don’t show. If you go with QSWO for the top, I would think a Roman ogee curved edge would look good.

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 07:41 PM

That’s an attractive design! I like the round top with the curvy legs. I would be tempted to create a cut-out in the legs to emphasize the curve and make the legs look a little lighter. Something a little like this:
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#3 posted 11-25-2011 07:42 PM

For me, the curves of the legs suggest the round top. maybe just a bit larger diameter might balance it out (like an inch or so).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-25-2011 07:54 PM

I agree with sras, I like the round top, but it looks like it wants to be bigger. Not much, but a little bigger would help balance the curves to each other and the hight of the piece
very nice design though, look forward to seeing the finished product!

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#5 posted 11-25-2011 09:13 PM

I personally like the round top to go with the curved legs. The top could be maybe 2” larger in diameter and the tops ends of the leg could be curved up using a French curve to get a sweep to them. I thin the blunt ends of the legs takes away from it with either top.

If you do go with a square top, you could consider an apron around the top ends of the legs.

My 2 cents worth…........Jim

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 11-25-2011 09:29 PM

Round top, but bigger top. Add 3 inches to the diameter and you’ll have it just right. What about some cutouts in the legs to reinforce the A&C theme?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 11-25-2011 09:48 PM

Round top….definately the round top.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#8 posted 11-26-2011 03:34 AM

I like the round top but you might also consider an oval shaped top.

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#9 posted 11-26-2011 06:27 AM

it is all in the taste of the person but I also prefer the round top. The problem with your first photo is the top is barely as large as the leg. if you took the major section of the legs and drew a circle that diameter then the top should be a couple of inches larger than that diameter.

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rance

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#10 posted 11-26-2011 06:43 AM

I know it doesn’t help you much but they all three look good. Each one has its merits. I can’t see many drawbacks with any of them.

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#11 posted 11-26-2011 06:48 AM

+1 on the slightly larger round top.

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#12 posted 11-26-2011 06:52 AM

I agree with Rance. Since they all look good, use a another criterion to make the final decision. Where will it most
likely be placed in the room? Would the shape of the top conflict or complement the existing furniture? What will be placed on top of the table? Is it a lamp? Does that lamp have a square or round base…...you see where I’m going, don’t you? If you just want a tally, I like the round top better, but maybe 18” or 20” instead of 15”, since the base could certainly justify that size top.
Good luck…...

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#13 posted 11-26-2011 04:28 PM

So many great comments….So many great ideas…at the widest part of the base it measures 16” and at the top of the base it measures 13”, so here is a top that has a 16” diameter top on it and the wings have been curved as well. I have decided on that top. One more question….Pete asked that maybe I consider a cut out on the legs…So I have drawn in a 2” stile and Rail design on the second picture..so Solid legs or cut out legs?..remember that this project will be made from QSWO

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 03:27 AM

I think if you cut out some the inner legs it would help with it’s vertical flow , I would not take out as much as you have drawn out maybe only about 50% of what you have drawn using the same shape.

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 03:35 AM

I like the changes you made, it looks nice.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#16 posted 11-28-2011 03:37 AM

Ooooh, I like the cutout. I kind of like the size you have chosen.

If I were to change any part of it, I might leave a little more material along the bottom of the opening, but only to add a little extra strength there.

The sharp point at the top of the opening might be tricky to form cleanly – add a radius at the top of the opening?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#17 posted 11-28-2011 03:45 AM

Make sure you allow for wood movement (expansion/contraction) of the top when you attach it. It will expand across the grain.

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#18 posted 11-28-2011 03:57 AM

I like the last picture you posted with the cutout in the legs best but go with a slightly larger top!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#19 posted 11-28-2011 04:28 AM

OK…So it sounds like a cut out is needed but maybe the “bottom rail” needs to be a little taller. The stiles and bottom rail are both 2” now so I will make the bottome rail 3”. I will also put a small radius at the top of the cut out instead of a tight point liuke it shows now. I will make the cut out tomorrow when I get home from work and post another picture. Thanks again for all your help on this project.

Gofor…I will be attaching the top using figure 8s on each leg..Thanks

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#20 posted 11-28-2011 04:39 AM

I think the cutout will look great. I agree with sras that a wider bottom “rail” would be a good idea, both for strength and as a visual element, and that a radius might be easier to accomplish than the sharp points in the cutouts. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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#21 posted 11-28-2011 06:21 PM

One other comment I would make is: the table looks a bit “tippy”, especially on a carpeted floor and more so with a larger top; could easily be knocked over.

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