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Forum topic by mpmitche posted 11-26-2010 07:08 PM 1580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2010 07:08 PM

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I have the Cabinetmakers Notebook by James Krenov and love the work inside. There is a coffee table and some round end tables in the book that I would like to imitate. The problem is the only dimensions are those for the overall size.

My first question comes in there. The coffee table is listed as 60 cm tall which is about 23”. That seems very tall for a coffee table, I’m not sure what to do about it as shortening it could really ruin the graceful lood, any idea’s on that aspect?

Secondly, I’m not sure how thick the top is or any of the other parts for that matter? I assume it is around 1” looking at it but does anyone have an idea if it should be made from 5/4, 4/4 or some other dimension? 4/4 legs seem like they might be a little thin but it is very hard to tell from the photo’s and the limited information in the book.

If anyone has any more info on this or some suggestion I’d really appreciate it.


-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 06:14 AM

man i have pics brought to me a lot and its really hit or miss i use a cad program to draw them out and just kinda eye ball porportions and dimensions till i like it but before i got a cad program i used 1/4” ply to draw full scall drawings lowes sold luan ply labeld as underlayment for 10.00 a sheet so its worth the material and time

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 06:46 AM

I like the “trust your eye” comment—we sometimes need to do that more freely.

Also we need to allow ourselves to make mistakes.

That said, a very handy tool to have is a 6” ruler that’s in tenths. I can get pretty good “other” dimensions by using ratios. If you know the height is 23, then the measurement in tenths, say 1.2 over 23 = what ever you measure the thickness over X. Cross multiply and solve for X and you’re on your way to figuring out all the dimensions, pretty close.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 04:14 PM

Thanks for the ideas I’ll try them and see what I come up with. As for the height does anyone know why he would have built a 23” tall coffee table, it seams really tall?

-- Mike, Western New York

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