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Forum topic by sanfranciscocedarco posted 01-06-2015 07:25 AM 706 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sanfranciscocedarco

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01-06-2015 07:25 AM

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Hello. I designed a large buffet table for a client. The top is 7’ long and 15 ” wide. It is a 6 legged table so the front has two 36” arched apron rails, with a leg on the outside of each and one leg in the center. The Apron is 4” wide at the leg and swoops to 2” in the center. This makes for a nice gentle arch that I like very much. The problem is with the shorter rails that run from front to back. The top is only 15” So when u add up 2 3/4” times 2 for each leg. 1” overhang on each side for the top, (which is already less than I wanted.. was designed for 1 1/4 overhang. ) There is only 7 1/2” left for the apron rail. It looked fine on my story board. Now in real life it looks tiny, and the curve, from 4’’ to 2” in such a short distance looks… Well, Not good to me. Any thoughts on this? I should keep the same 4-2 arch right? I could make them straight. But I want the arch. What I don’t like is that the front is such a nice swooping curve and the side is a tight coffee can like radius. What would u do?

Oh one last thing. this table will be viewed often from the side, as the table is in the entry to the living room and kitchen. I gotta get this right.

Regards,
J.D Goldberg

-- J.D. Goldberg, California, http:www.jdgoldbergfurnitureco.com


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#1 posted 01-06-2015 07:54 AM

My suggestion: Reduce the arch height on the ends to 1” Here’s a rough sketch with 2” arches on front aprons and 1” arches on ends:

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 08:18 AM

Yeah Jerry That’s probably the thing to do. Mimics the others much more. Instead of the coffee can arc I had going on the mock up.. haha. Thanks for the sketch up Jerry.

-- J.D. Goldberg, California, http:www.jdgoldbergfurnitureco.com

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 11:02 AM



My suggestion: Reduce the arch height on the ends to 1” Here s a rough sketch with 2” arches on front aprons and 1” arches on ends:

- jerryminer

Nice solution. I’d go the other way and make the side aprons dip sligthly down. That would make for a radically different overall feeling though, much more flowery.

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 12:50 PM

Nice solution Jerry! The arch blends in perfect proportion to

the rest of the table. I like it.

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 01:53 AM

Hey so I ended up going with a 1 inch arch on the ends and it came out really nice. customer loves it. From pics alone I have gained a few accounts! thanks for the help guys!!

-- J.D. Goldberg, California, http:www.jdgoldbergfurnitureco.com

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 02:09 AM

Good solution. Great table!

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