Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table #10: Shaker Bench Design

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 08-08-2010 01:20 PM 4007 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d like some feed back on some bench design modification. I’m attempting to remake this traditional shaker table and bench with back support. The design calls for a flat bench, parallel to the floor. I’ve sloped mine slightly (20mm over the 300mm width.) I’m also using thicker material 40mm cf. 16mm.

Any feedback will be welcome.

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 08:32 PM


Based on the way they lived the Shakers made sure their designs were light so they could be easily moved about (or lifted to be stored hung on the wall). Thus, physical lightness of form (which results in visual lightness) is an essential aspect of the Shaker aesthetic. Using thicker material will effect the ‘line’ of the form and the ease of it’s use (physically moving it). While you are certainly free to do as you wish, the thicker, heavier dimensions aren’t consistent with the Shakers notion of form and practicality.

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