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Couvi

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05-03-2019 02:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dimensioning tapering maple tables

I am building matching end table, coffee table and sofa table for sale at a local furniture store. Have completed one of the side tables (pictures) and am faced with how to dimension the legs for the other pieces. Should the head and foot be the same width, therefore making the taper angle different. or should the angle be the same on each https://www.lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/2239285-438x.jpg?1556893783

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#1 posted 05-03-2019 02:54 PM

I think I’d make the tape angle the same. That will be the most noticeable feature.l

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#2 posted 05-03-2019 02:56 PM

I think you want the head and foot to be the same widths and offset. A sofa table is usually about twice the height of a coffee table, and if the legs on both are tapered/tilted at the same angle one of them is going to look wrong. The proportions in the photo are great, and if you stretch/compress those legs vertically for the other tables they’ll look good together.

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Couvi

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#3 posted 05-03-2019 09:32 PM

theart, If I use the same angle for all how would determine the stretch,/compression? A % of the leg length change?
The side tables leg are 21”, the sofa table will be 29” and the coffee table 16”

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#4 posted 05-03-2019 11:22 PM


theart, If I use the same angle for all how would determine the stretch,/compression? A % of the leg length change?
The side tables leg are 21”, the sofa table will be 29” and the coffee table 16”

- Couvi

Take into account the dimensions of the table as well as the height. I look for a balance between the legs and the width of the apron. Rather than trying to match the size of the leg at the top, or the taper angle, consider the proportions of the pieces. If you’re going to match anything it should be the ratio of the leg tops to the dimensions of the table. As far as taper goes, tapering down to a foot that’s roughly 5/8 (0.625) the width of the top is good. With that, you have the golden ratio between the foot and the top since the inverse of 0.625 is 1.60. For a lighter look, you can go a little smaller at the foot, but I wouldn’t go too far past 5/8.

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Couvi

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#5 posted 05-04-2019 12:51 PM

theart, there is no apron. The 1” table top sits on the legs. The table tops will measure as follows – Side table 21 1/2” x 13 1/4” – Sofa table 42” x 13 1/2” – Coffee table 44” x 24”

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#6 posted 05-04-2019 12:54 PM

Couvi, nice table.

All I can add is you may consider the height of the end table. End tables are my main business and most of my customers want them 24-25”. Sofas are bigger than they used to be.

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#7 posted 05-04-2019 02:28 PM

CWWorrker, I agree but this was a specific request for a 22” side table

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