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11-20-2014 02:28 AM

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i’m working on a design, and I need some examples of feet shapes to help me with the design. I work best by doing variations on patterns I’ve seen. Are there any online repositories of common/classic woodworking shapes?

Thanks, Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 11-20-2014 03:28 AM

For classic 18th Century stuff the most well known pattern books are Thomas Chippendale’s Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director and Thomas Sheraton’s The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book.

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 03:53 AM

thanks so much. As i look through those two books, I realize I’m looking for a more simple modern design. That’s why looking through examples is helpful to me—highlights and clarifies. I’m thinking of something like the shaker arched foot, but lower and sleeker.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 04:00 AM

Here are some examples that are on the edges of what I’m thinking of:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 12:57 PM

I’m going to bump this to the top again. Perhaps I’m not asking the question in the right way. I am not an artist and don’t think like one. I kind of know what I’m looking for, but I am not good at modeling it on my own. I’ve played with some sketchup design, and I’ve gotten out a piece of plywood, a compass, a french curve, a square, and a ruler, and I’m not quite getting to where I want to do. I checked the sketchup 3d warehouse, but didn’t see what I needed.

In the three pics above, I’d like the top one with more curve on the top of the foot, but a curve on the bottom of the foot that fits.

I’ll keep trying.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 02:30 PM

Work on your skills modeling it; that is an important skill to have if you are going to build things without using premade plans, and something that improves with effort.

Simply knowing what you want in detail is the hard part, you seem to have that down.

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 02:58 PM

I am. But I’ve also really like working with folks who have different skills, and having an eye for how shapes go together is a skill that some folks have much better than mine. I actually brought my plywood and layout tools in to work to see if one of my designer friends at work could give me some direction.

Now, if you want someone who can instantly analyze a complex argument, give you the historical background on 16th century church politics, or explain interesting Latin phrases, I am your guy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 11-20-2014 05:17 PM

Charles, just to give you an idea. Here is how I do it, the top is the original and the rest are the variations. Once I settle on which design I like, then the french rules come to play and it goes from there.

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 05:21 PM

Thanks. Maybe I start with too many restrictions instead of just sketching.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 11-20-2014 06:57 PM

ChalesA, I agree with you completely. My plan drawing abilities are on par with those of a dead penguin. I prefer to have a preconceived plan in my head, even though I might change it up to something completely different, it gives me a starting point.

For very ‘rough’ drawings, I use a french curve, in fact I have 3 of different sizes. They look like a Santa sleigh and the grand kids love to play with them.

I got mine at Office Depot, but I’m sure there are much better ones available.

Whatever you do, do it the very best you can and if you don’t feel good about it, don’t let anyone tell you how you did it wrong. It’s your creation. Your baby. It will always be something you can be proud of, no matter what!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 07:54 PM

I use a CAD program (AutocadĀ©) to design all my projects. When it comes to furniture, I take a look at furniture examples to get an idea of what I want; then I start laying out pleasing shapes and curves and adjust as I go. I’m not artistic either, but I work at it until it looks just right. I will usually ask my wife to comment on the design before I put my stamp of approval on it.

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#11 posted 11-22-2014 08:29 PM

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#12 posted 11-23-2014 04:34 AM

I struggle when trying to figure out even the name of the design shape that I want to look into. For me the pics look like an arched trestle foot. So I googled that. Some interesting images came up like this
http://garyweeks.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/making-a-foot-for-our-mitchell-trestle-table-base/

Good luck.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 11-23-2014 07:11 PM

Tom,

Thanks so much. That’s exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for. I have a pattern cut at this time, and it is fine, but it is not great. Looking at examples such as the one you found really helps me, even if it just influences my own design. I know how to cut wood and put it together, and I recognize and appreciate really good design work, but I’m not a designer. Give me some examples, and I can use those to make some beautiful stuff.

I built a live edge coffee table that I think is really beautiful, and it is my design, but I would never have come up with it without first seeing the table below. I’m not a good blank piece of paper kind of guy.

Mine

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-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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