Thorsen table challenge #1: Thinking through a design

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Blog entry by BarbS posted 04-03-2007 04:56 PM 3866 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m spending more time thinking about this Thorsen side table than getting ready to make it! I’ll probably be right down to the wire on building it and have to prioritize my days around working in the garage; sounds like heaven to me.
I’m picturing an added shelf only 4” wide, 2/3 of the way between the bottom shelf and the upper apron, which I intend to make as a drawer (the apron, not a shelf). I’m intending a bedside table for this project, and hoping to have enough wood to do two. The idea is for a bedside reader to have a separate space to place reading glasses or a box of tissues, independent of a lower bookshelf. I like the Thorsen table design element below, but to my mind it wastes space remaining as only a decorative element, and should be a bit wider to function as light storage there. I always design with purpose in mind, as opposed to aesthetics, and have to be careful not to overdo it, or will lose the design elements that distinguish this table from others. It may turn out that mine will only make a nod in concession to the Thorsen design, but hopefully, design details and originality is what your contest is all about. Designing this table for side tables to a sofa would be a different thing entirely. In the bedroom, I need it to do more. I think it will work!


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#1 posted 04-03-2007 05:10 PM

It sounds to me, that you have some imaginative ideas that should work to your liking. It’s no use making something that won’t be useful to yourself.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 04-03-2007 07:12 PM

Good start Barbs. Sometimes thinking/creating the design is the hardest part of all. Once that is done, the assembly goes quickly.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 04:33 AM

Got the creative juices flowing. That’s great. It would be nice to see one with drawers.

I don’t wish to cloud your thinking, but I saw a picture somewhereof a Greene and Greene table that had the decorative cutouts, but, they were in the drawer front. I don’t remember if they also had drawer pulls or you pulled with the cutouts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 06:11 AM

Thanks guys. Yes, Karson, I had thought of using the cut outs as finger pulls, but they are pretty big and open. Contents of the drawer may be a distraction in looking at the design. Still cogitating on that variable….


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#5 posted 04-04-2007 05:00 PM

I was thinking of adding a drawer to the table as well Karson. It seemed to be more useful than the bottom shelf.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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