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chrisstef

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700 days ago

I know that ive read it somewhere but my search-fu is failing me. Im planning a coffee table build but its going to need to be small. We are currently using a trunk as a “coffee table” in my man cave. Its 30” x 20”, which is kind of a funky size, but really fits well in the small room. The biggest piece of furniture is a loveseat and an arm chair. My question is, in terms of height , width and length is there some ratio that will make it appealing to the eye and not look weird being so small(ish)?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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Mosquito

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#1 posted 700 days ago

Well, I know from a design standpoint the “golden ratio” is 1.618 and some change, for what is considered “pleasing to the eye”

If you’re designing it for a specific room/area, try using some cardboard and making a few sizes out of it, and see what works for you

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 700 days ago

Mosquito … can you apply the 1.618 ratio to the 20” x 30” table for me .. im not sure if im following how to apply it. Would i multiply the 20” of width x 1.618? That would come out to roughly 32 3/8”. I guess the height is somewhat arbitrary?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Moron

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#3 posted 700 days ago

Sometimes you have to throw out the rules : ))

I like the coffee table height to be the same as the height of the seats near the table as it makes it comfortable to put your feet on. 1.618…………works, so do ratios of 1:1 1:3 2: 3.

Cheers

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Mosquito

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#4 posted 700 days ago

Yes, you are using it correctly. Either multiply by the width to get the length, or divide the length by it to get the width. Depending on which one you’d want. The 30”x20” comes out to a 1.5 ratio. I’d say that’s not an issue at all. Ultimately the only thing that matters is that you’re happy with the way it looks, regardless of the ratio. It’s one of those “They say…” things, where no one really knows the “they” that say…

For the height, I made my coffee table be about the same height as the top of the cushions on my couch, as it seemed the most natural height for it. That’s around 18” to the table top for me. I believe (with out having it to measure) that I ended up with 35” x 21”

EDIT: I see now that a lot of what I stated here is an echo of what Moron said, and I agree with their comments.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 700 days ago

Much thanks for the help fellas. Rules schmules. The height will mimic wherever if find comfort for my feet in relation to my fat butt on the couch. Im going to have the legs protruding through the top of the table so i dont want the top to look like a square which was my overall concern. I tend not to get too crazy on measurements, i dont really care if its 31 7/8” or 32” long but i do want it pleasing to the eye. That “golden ratio” affirms me that it shouldn’t look stupid which is all i was lookin for really. I think ill stretch it out to 20” x 32” so when my legs poke through the top the inside dimensions at that point will be around 20” x 28”.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Mosquito

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#6 posted 700 days ago

Sounds like you’ve got a plan! Can’t wait to see it :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 700 days ago

the teaser …. top will be ambrosia maple and the legs & apron will be walnut. Thanks again mosquito and moron.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Bill White

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#8 posted 700 days ago

Not ambrosia. Nah!! I need that wood. Use somethng else, and send me the maple. :)
Bill

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 700 days ago

Bill – I just came from the lumber dealer and theyve got tons of it up here in CT $3.50 bf s2s.. well maybe not tons but a good amount. I even saw the processing a new shipment of curly ambrosia maple … i almost put everythign back and took that but it was pretty busy for what im goin for.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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489tad

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#10 posted 700 days ago

Your asking us? What did your wife say? I know you said “your man cave” but come on. I’ve been to that rodeo.

If the foot print of 30×20 works (and everyone is happy) then go for it. Mine is 16” high.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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chrisstef

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#11 posted 700 days ago

Haha i didnt last the full 8 seconds either. She approved the design and the materials for sure. I wanted a leather topped ottoman so i saddled up grabbed that rope and immediately was thrown.

I was looking for that golden raatio that i knew i had read about but the search skills were low today.

I just picked up the lumber and im itching to get home and plane some of that ambrosia maple, its still in the rough.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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