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05-10-2010 09:30 PM

Does anyone have plans with respect to this desk. In paticuilar the dimensions of the legs, rails, top (thickness) spacing of the side pieces.

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 09:42 PM

legs look to be 12/4 stock, top might have started as 6/4 or 5/4 stock, stretchers look to be 6/4 stock, the rest is probably 4/4.

models can be an invaluable tool on pieces like this … hot glue some scraps of wood or even cardboard together to find the right proportions.

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 10:52 PM

What Photo I can’t see a photo.?Alistair

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 06:56 AM

I’m working on a dining table just like Mr. Rodel’s. I started with dimensioning the top using the Golden Ratio, then I divided 4” legs into the top, with enough room for the 19” Rodel chairs, with a decent overhang to scoot up to on each end. This gave another set of working dimensions to determine the stretchers and spindles. I think I may have an AutoCAD version of the leg assemblies somewhere. I used all multiples of 3/4” (e.g. 1-1/2”, 4”, etc.), and I think most of the parts are square.

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 06:58 AM

Interesting design

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 05:37 PM

FWIW – I have been to Taliesin a couple of times and I have been able to discretely take measurements on some furniture there. My focus was on lamps and I don’t recall seeing this desk there. That does not mean that it is not there – it’s just that I can’t recall it.

As an FYI – Frank Lloyd Wright designed some very interesting and creative furniture but, with respect to his chairs, he never designed a comfortable one.

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