|Forum topic by JustJoe||posted 222 days ago||498 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
222 days ago
Where can I find some guidelines for scaling projects up/down in size so they look good, not just shrunk or blown up, and are still usable? I’ve seen a lot of small boxes with 3/4” thick sides (and made a few too many) and they look too chunky even for my untrained non-artistic eyes. Shrink the thickness of the sides down to 1/2 and it looks good but not great. Shrink some of them down to 3/8 and it looks a bit too thin.
I want to build two 1/2” versions of a small box. The original is about the size of a machinist’s chest with 3/4” sides and a whole lot of 1/4” dividers. and drawers of various sizes. I can make it 1/2 as tall, half as deep, 1/2 as wide but what about the thickness of the wood? If I make the sides 3/8” and the dividers 1/8” it will end up being so dainty it’s not worth the risk of putting anything in the drawers (which would have bottoms made out of veneer?). So surely it’s not just a matter of dividing the thickness of the wood in half to make a 1/2 scale.
Or thinking about it from a different angle – is there a guideline that says if I’m building a box carcass with side X inches wide and Y inches long I should use wood of thickness Z?