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Forum topic by Alan S posted 09-17-2010 04:56 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2010 04:56 AM

Maybe a year ago, I read an article about an eye-pleasing method for scaling the drawer height in a chest of drawers that would be visually pleasing. So, the bottom drawer is the tallest, and as you go up, they get shorter. How do you guys do it? Does anyone know the article I’m talking about?


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#1 posted 09-17-2010 05:24 AM

Alan, This is probably a different article, but the principle is the same.

It’s called the Golden Proportion. This website shows how to figure the sizes relative to the overall height.

I think fellow Lumberjock DaveR posted something on this a long time ago, that was easier to use, but I haven’t been able to find his post.

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 02:33 PM

Sometimes called the Golden Mean, it’s basically a 1:1.618 ratio. For two drawers, the top one would be 1:1 (6in:6in), and the bottom one would be 1:1.618 (6in:9.7in). Several of us have made analog dividers that layout the ratio similar to what they used to design the Parthenon. For additional drawers, you just continue to multiply by the ratio.

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 03:21 PM

It was published on Popular Woodworking. I actually linked to it at the time here:

It’s a very useful and cool technique and very easy to use.

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