|Forum topic by Chris||posted 08-27-2010 12:36 AM||1081 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-27-2010 12:36 AM
I’ve been reading a couple books about furniture design, and while everything I’ve read says that you need to be aware of the strength limitations of your material, I can’t find anything telling how to figure out what those limits are. The books’ focus is solidly on ergonomics and aesthetics rather than structural strength. Is there a good reference for the mechanical properties of common woodworking materials? Maybe a table that shows the elastic or compressive strength of various woods/plywoods so you can calculate an acceptable unsupported span of a cabinet floor or tabletop, for example, or the thickness of a leg needed to support a given weight? Something to help figure out how thick of stock you should use. I couldn’t find anything via Google (at least, not that I could make sense of).
I know there are accepted standards for most furniture dimensions, and I do not currently have any specific project that I’m working on (my first few projects will be from purchased plans anyway), so this is just academic curiosity right now. I suppose it’s possible I’m over-thinking this. I do that sometimes.
I’m really looking forward to getting a workshop set up so I can put the books down for a bit and actually build something. Hopefully just a couple more weeks. So close… :)