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Forum topic by shipwright posted 06-10-2014 07:52 PM 2235 views 0 times favorited 54 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2014 07:52 PM

I’m building a couple of nesting tables for a client and have done a prototype to show her some options and to finalize the design before getting into the good material. She wanted “open” aprons and one of the questions that came up is round or square on the apron bars. Here they are in full size to compare. Of course the final decision will be hers but I thought I’d ask ….. Which do you prefer? (I didn’t make an end in the round style.)

Thanks for any input.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 07:58 PM

They both look the same to me… (??)

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 08:02 PM

I like the round… it doesn’t look like it was just cut out
in a factory that way. Also there’s a little opportunity
to do some carving at the junctions to make a visual
effect of depth, sort of bas relief if you will.

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 08:03 PM

Square, with a bit stronger overhang on the top.

The form looks very interesting!

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 08:03 PM

Personally I think the flat arches compliment the legs better.
What are options for the top ?

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 08:04 PM

It’s the client’s call, of course, but the square cross-section looks better to me.

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 08:07 PM

I like them both. I really like the rounded apron but I think the “flat” goes better with the legs you have. I wonder if you could do some kind of bead or small groove on the flat apron to give it a little more visual character.


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#7 posted 06-10-2014 08:08 PM

Nice job paul, Here is my input.
I like the square aprons I would like it if the legs were not so heavy and the top could be a little bigger. I love the design but the proportions seem a little off. Are you going to do any Marquetry or carving on it? That could make a difference in what I said.
Just my 2 cents. can’t wait to see the out come.

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 08:12 PM

I could go either way with the round vs. square, but I agree with sandhill that the top could be bigger or the legs smaller. It looks out of balance. Also is it intentional on the top version to be round on two sides and square on the other?

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 08:14 PM

Definitely square as the round ones clash with the rest of the design, where roundness happens along the length of the legs, but not their profile. I could imagine that a diamond shape or quarter sphere profile might work too, but those are probably more hassle to do.

Not sure if you want any more crits, but in case you do, I feel the top looks a tad too thin compared to the rest of the table, especially with the thickness of the apron bars to compare it to. I’d probably thicken it/put thicker boards on the side and round or taper those a bit to go along with the vertical roundness of the design. Just my two cents, sorry if I was giving too much feedback already.


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#10 posted 06-10-2014 08:17 PM

Square, but she’ll prob want round since it looks feminine.

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#11 posted 06-10-2014 08:19 PM

I prefer the square. The round would look better if there were no hard edges on the legs at all.

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#12 posted 06-10-2014 08:20 PM

Definitely prefer the square design, Paul. The round one does not seem to match any of the other design elements in the table.

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#13 posted 06-10-2014 08:24 PM

I’m for the client to call it since you have built both prototypes? For me I’m thinking a different table top as most of the visual lines in the piece are curved? I like movement in a piece even though my buildings are more straight line design. LOL!

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#14 posted 06-10-2014 08:25 PM

Square plus more overhang on the top. Other wise I like it.

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#15 posted 06-10-2014 08:29 PM

I’d probably go with square then make the top a tiny bit bigger and somewhat thicker. Probably something like 1.25” thick with some sort of mildly decorative edge that breaks op the surface so the thicker edge doesn’t look boring and flat.

A sweeping cove on the bottom of the table with a tiny cove on the upper edge is what comes to mind. I’d have to see it to make a determination.

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