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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 10-28-2014 02:06 AM 1430 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2014 02:06 AM

I have been trying to design table legs that are thick to thin, and I finally drew something I like, I am a horrible artist, so it took me about 7 pages before i got something decent, would like anyone’s opinions. I like th floating tables I have seen, may try this leg with that style.

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#1 posted 10-28-2014 02:09 AM

Hard to tell without dimensions, but it looks like the leg would snap. Very spindly.

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#2 posted 10-28-2014 02:35 AM

maybe I can keep the bottom around 1” and the top around 3ish.

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 05:15 AM

I love the Floating table top designs and I do like your leg design. You can go down to about 7/8th inch and be good depending on the use of course. I say go for it…....

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#4 posted 10-28-2014 06:23 AM

Looks like a Halo Energy Sword. Will this be turned or flat? I’m picturing a tapering twist leg.

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#5 posted 10-28-2014 06:36 AM

From the picture I’d say it seems too thin at the bottom. But I assume that’s an approximation. Visually it looks good.

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#6 posted 10-28-2014 01:06 PM

The graceful curves are nice but think about function too, unless this is an art piece. The lower leg is too fragile for everyday use. One clumsy move and it will be splinters.

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#7 posted 10-28-2014 01:55 PM

Depending on the construction of the leg, you might be able to put a metal rod in the center of the leg to add strength and keep the tip thinner. 1/4 dia steel, epoxied into the center would add some strength. 3/8 a lot more.

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#8 posted 10-28-2014 03:51 PM

Something to think about – You are going to need an extremely rigid connection where the leg meets the top. I did an experiment with a standing desk, where the legs are about 36” long before they connect with the top. There are no stretchers, and the desk is more wobbly that I would like. The legs are about 1 inch square at the bottom. If you want to make legs like the one shown in your picture, you’ll need two stabilization points (like an apron and a stretcher) once you get taller than coffee table height. Otherwise it’ll be wobbletown.

Curved and tapered legs are beautiful, but they can cause some problems. I would say the one you drew wouldn’t be feasible. In my opinion, the smallest you can go at the bottom of a leg is about 3/4” diameter, and that is for a rarely touched piece, like an ornamental table. Sometimes a subtle curve is better that a bold one anyway.

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#9 posted 10-28-2014 03:55 PM

Ok, I can keep the bottom around a inch. But would need to figure height and width from a 1” point to make it look similar, I could do the apron, and add stabling on corners and add a x frame from corner to corner.

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#10 posted 10-28-2014 04:03 PM

I think it would be time well spent if you made scale drawings or posterboard cut outs. If the bottom is 1” as you propose, then the top flares out to almost 8”. I don’t know if this is the effect you are looking for or if it is a function of your rough drawing.

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#11 posted 10-28-2014 05:16 PM

I made a table out of old growth douglas fir with legs a lot like this (except the 90 degree hard corner on the leg was facing inside). I was disappointed when i finished because the legs flex a lot down their length. The table isn’t that fragile, but it doesn’t have that solid feeling, no matter how well the table top is attached to the apron.

I wouldn’t make legs that thin for a full height table again unless it had stretchers connecting the bottom legs, and even then I would make them thicker than I did the first time. Its great to push the limits and follow your imagination, but it also sucks to spend a lot of time making something and then be disappointed.

If you’re set on trying this I’d recommend reworking the curve so it starts and stretches further down the on the table leg so that the legs are only really thin at the very bottom. I’d also make it out of the sturdiest, least bendy wood I could. Or some other material entirely.

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#12 posted 10-28-2014 05:32 PM

For what I think would be a neat shape would be, think african antelope horn,I would think it’s a advance project but would be pretty in a nice grain hardwood.

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