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Forum topic by Gatorjim posted 09-10-2012 01:57 AM 1039 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2012 01:57 AM

When deciding on the size of a box is there a good ratio to length, width, height? The few I have made so far are from plans I made one winging it and it turned out nice but I think I got lucky. Any info will be apreactiaed.

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 02:31 AM

For generations craftsmen have used what is called the golden ratio. 1:1.618

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 03:00 AM

Also to be considered if it is just a box, or does it have a specific purpose. If a jewelry box, maybe not exact proportions, but ask a significant other their opinions on dimensions. I ask wife and daughters opinion a lot if it is something for sale. I love unique designs, but making them too unique may not be good either. Hope it helps.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 08:33 PM

I like to rely on the golden ratio for boxes and table tops.

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 08:47 PM

Golden ratio here!

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 05:14 PM

I choose dimensions to suit what will go inside the box. I don’t know if those dimensions fit the “golden ratio”. I would think every box has a specific purpose.

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 09:59 PM

The golden ratio in nature can also be represented by building a sequence where the next number is the sum of the two preceding numbers starting with 0,1. Then just pick any two consecutive numbers for the width and length.

E.g.: 0,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 . . .
Thus, make the box 1×2 units OR 2×3 units, OR 8×13 units, etcetera. I say units because it’s the ratio that represents balance in nature. So, feel free to consider a unit to be 3” if you want and make the box 3×6 or 6×9 or 24×39, etcetera.

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