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Old 12-06-2017, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Any furniture designers out there?
Or anyone's opinion is accepted.
I am about half way through this octagon table and cannot decide about the bottom of the legs. I was thinking of tapering them at the bottom below the cross supports. It is about 3" to the floor and I was thinking of tapering them outward about 1".
Or maybe just taper all 4 side slightly as in about a 1/2" 45 degree bevel.
This will get a plywood bottom and a plexiglass top that will be removable.
I plan to use it as a table and a display case. Maybe even put some lights inside.
Thanks for looking and commenting.

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"Or maybe just taper all 4 side slightly as in about a 1/2" 45 degree bevel."

I am not a designer, but build a lot of my own. Good designs are hit or miss for me, so don't rely on me. Still, that idea is one that appeals to me in my imagination. (Sometimes reality looks and my imagination don't match.)

I like that design so far! Going to be beautiful work!
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Taper all four side is the way to go. That will support the overall design.
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Hank/Charlie, thank you for the kind words and advise.
That is my first choice too so that will be it.
Hehe...much easier too!
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Or chamfer all four corners so the legs end as octagons.
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I love that red band near the top .... very decorative !!!
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It will be interesting to see what you settle on. It looks like a really nice table. What kind of wood is it? It looks like Lyptus to me.

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Or chamfer all four corners so the legs end as octagons.
Yes that would be nice, also put a contrasting color of wood about 3/4" on the bottom of the legs , a dark hard wood would be nice. carl
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I don't know about the idea of all 4 corners too. Since the leg is not square it may look odd. I have a section of that left over so I'll do a test of both. And using a contrasting wood would be more trouble than worth.
The wood is rift sawn red oak. Except for the legs which turned out to be quarter sawn.
And that red decorative band...is a strap clamp. However, it is that because I decided that the cargo strap that it was made to be was not correct and it works now as a strap clamp. Works quite well too and easier to use than the old blue web clamp I also have.
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Very nice job on the table!

One thought is that since the legs are not square, taper only the outer surface of each leg. How about a gradual taper from just below the skirt/apron to the floor....outer side only ending with the leg being square at the bottom? THe taper would lead the eye up the leg to the table top and the leg would not look as heavy.

I am not sure of a 45 degree chamfer on the bottom as it may look lost.

Good luck!
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