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05-02-2008 07:13 AM

I am just curious as to how many of you take the “Golden Section” or Fibonacci series into account when designing new pieces. A lot of times I have “eyeballed” what looked good to me, and after the fact the ratios come really close to .618 or 1.618 or a corresponding Fibonacci number for drawer sizes, shelving spacing, & etc. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to be highbrow, but if you’re building something quick & easy, down & dirty, I think a seasoned eyeball, a Stanley tape, and a #2 pencil will give you what you want as quick as a calculator. Am I wrong? As always, bbqking

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 07:15 AM

I’m with you, man… I’m always eyeballing it.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 02:13 PM

As part of the design process, I think it is important to check your proportions against the Golden Mean, or Fibonacci or what ever you call it. The reason it exists at all is because it is pleasing to the eye. so which came first, the chicken or the egg?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 05:06 PM

I don’t concously use it, but things just sort of work out that way for most things.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 05:09 PM

I agree with Gary & Thos it’s a pretty easy thing to do and lets you know if your on the right track.

-- Billp

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 10:56 PM

What I think looks great might not match someone else view. But, the golden mean at least it matches historical views.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 11:07 PM

man i wish I understood what you were talking about… So I guess no I don’t or maybe I do and don’t know it… should I see a doctor, do I need take penacillin or something for a case of Fibonacci?

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#7 posted 05-04-2008 02:17 AM

Do you want to make something the way some one tells how it should be or do you want to make it the way you want to? reproduce or create?

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#8 posted 05-04-2008 03:09 AM

Isn’t a Fibonacci that cookie they sell at Starbucks?

-- Ron, Bakersfield, CA. Measure twice, cut twice anyway.

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#9 posted 05-06-2008 10:26 PM

Naw, I thinks it’s an Italian dish. Similar to Gnocci, but different.

-- Cheers!

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#10 posted 05-06-2008 10:50 PM

When I am sketching a new piece I always use this formula. I don’t think of it any differently than say using “Pi” for a circle

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#11 posted 05-06-2008 11:11 PM

Oddly enough, I just read a blog about this:

-- He said wood...

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#12 posted 05-07-2008 02:49 AM

I like approximations. They are easier to remember than the real thing. Here’s an approximation I use for the golden ratio…

A golden rectangle has sides with a ratio close to 5:8

Here is the exact ratio…

1:(1+sqrt(5))/2 or 1:1.168034 or 5:8.09017

-- Scott, San Diego

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#13 posted 05-07-2008 03:08 AM

Everything you ever wanted to know about the subject:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 05-07-2008 03:32 AM

Do what looks good to you

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#15 posted 05-07-2008 03:45 AM

If it don’t look right, Give it away or you will always see it wrong.

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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