arched apron design

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Forum topic by Pitt posted 04-29-2009 03:06 AM 1089 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2009 03:06 AM

I’m building a shaker style coffee table for my daughter. Rather than keeping things rectangular, I’m putting a curve on the breadboards, and wanted to match that on the aprons.

Is there a rule of thumb for this? Am I supposed to match the radius used on the top for those on the aprons? I started playing with it in SketchUp, and the shorter aprons looked odd using 1.5” offset for the top of the arch (which is what I thought I would use on the front/rear aprons).


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#1 posted 04-29-2009 03:47 AM

on curves and arches i like to use a percentage. if piece #2 is 90% the length of piece #1, the widest part of the curve sould follow. ie piece #1 has an arch of 1.5” use 90% of 1.5” for piece #2. this doesn’t always work but in cases where this theory just doesn’t look right the curve has to based on the eye and not math.

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#3 posted 04-29-2009 03:06 PM

You could just take a copy of your original arc and place it on top of the new piece, delete the bits that stick out.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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