Proportions, proportions? OPINIONS please...

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This piece is not finished….I am about to make a new, thicker top. I feel that the existing top is too thin….SWMBO thinks that the existing top looks just fine…..What you think?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 1375 days ago

I think it looks fine- but could be a bit thicker ;)

not much of a help… but then again, who knows.

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#2 posted 1375 days ago

Looks great the way it is IMO. I think the thinner top might actually help move the focus towards the front which I’m guessing you want?

Cool design by the way. Always listen to SWMBO lol, she’s usually right

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 1375 days ago

Wow – it looks pretty good the way it is. What I notice is that the top is the only element with consistent thickness – that’s not necessarily bad. I know you didn’t ask this, but for some reason I think it needs another cabinet on top. Then hte top jsut becomes a line between the two. Just an idea – you can decide if it’s good or not ;) I still think it looks great as is!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1375 days ago

I’ll take the other side: I think the top should be thicker; about the same dimension as the upper left hinge where it meets the stile.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#5 posted 1375 days ago

I think you better check you tablesaw fence, it doesn’t look like your getting very straight cuts ….

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 1375 days ago

I think it is great the way it is.
It draws your focus to the front.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 1375 days ago

A fantastic cabinet Div, very beautiful and original. I agree with you, a thicker top would make it look even better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 1375 days ago

I found my eye moving up along the gap between the doors, so the last thing I see is the top, and it’s kind of a letdown, being so thin. Just an aesthetic opinion.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#9 posted 1375 days ago


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 1375 days ago

That’s nice! To my eye, the thickness is fine, but the top needs about 1/2” additional overhang all around.


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#11 posted 1375 days ago

I’m on the “thicker” side. The top looks to be 1/4 the thickness (or less) of the legs, and to my eye that’s too thin. To keep with the design theme, I might vary the thickness over the width of the top in a sort of wave pattern, although that might be hard to retrofit at this point.

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#12 posted 1375 days ago

I love the response!! Thanks LJ’s. Keep ‘em coming!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 1375 days ago

Div, I’m with you; I think a thicker top would look better on this piece. I love the lower cabinet but the curved pieces including the legs are very bold and rightly so. They look very good. A thicker top would look much better because it would be more consistent. You might also like to try putting a graceful curve along the edge of the top to see if that looks good. At any rate, you have a wonderful base already. When you get the top right it will be a winner. It doesn’t look bad at all with the top that you have on it. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 1375 days ago

You’ve got 3 votes from my end to go thicker, 2 female 1 male (me).

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#15 posted 1375 days ago

Since you asked I would say thicker, but I don’t think I would have looked and thought “that top is too thin”.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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