Ronin Woodworking #8: TSDC 2010 Build Challenge Cont..

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Blog entry by spaids posted 09-07-2010 07:31 PM 1131 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: The Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge 2010 Part 8 of Ronin Woodworking series Part 9: Still working out the design »

Here you can see what I’m thinking as I experiment with design and dimensions. I think the thin versions are too thin but also the thick versions are MUCH to thick. I didn’t see just how too thick they were until they were next to versions that were to thin. I am also on the fence about how I’m gong to mount the top. I have decided that I will use figure eight clips and screw the top to the base. I’m leaning toward the version where the top supports are crossing in the center. It seems to accentuate the “cloud lift” a little bit.

Love it? Hate it? Let me here it. I can take it.

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 07:43 PM

I think it’s about the proportion between the inner rails and the legs – the thinner rails look more fitting to this design type, but the legs seem too wide for that – I would try the thinner design, with slightly thinner legs to match.

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 09:13 PM

Thank you very much. I’ll work on that.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 10:17 PM

I prefer the thin type, so top row. The thin top rail also looks better, so 2 or 4. The cross rail version does give more lift. Only thing to look out for is this will also allow flex (rotationally) in the top. Had this problem on a chair I designed a few years ago. Disastrous for the chair may not be so pronounced for your table as the lower rails should be reasonably stable.

Overall I like the design and I’d like to see 4. in reality.

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#4 posted 09-23-2010 03:50 PM

Personally this isn’t really my style, so take all of my suggestions with a grain of salt, but I did notice two things that made me like certain ones more than others:

1) The proportions of the apron and “frame” should match, so the top right and bottom left seemed more proportional to me. I personally liked the top right proportions better than any of the others. though I would try the frame a little higher up to see what that looked like as well.

2) One thing I would consider would be changing from the 90 degree legs and splay them slightly. To me, this feels like it would be more appropriate—can’t say why. Another option could be a slight bowing out the legs below the frame. If you raise the frame slightly, this would make the bottom “feel” slightly wider, giving the piece a little more balance to my eyes. If you do either of these, though, I would probably set the legs a little closer together to keep the same top:base proportions.

Also, from personal experience, I would recommend having end grain on the sides rather than front to back. It looks much better that way, IMHO.

It certainly looks like you have a solid design coming along. Hope it comes together!

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