table design

I grabbed some wood today from yon lumberyard. I got 14bf of 4/4 Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry, I was told), $3.08/bf, and 10bf of (not the clearest) tiger maple 4/4, that was on sale for $2.50/bf.
I like the jatoba quite a bit, it's got the texture and grain of cherry but is a bit darker, and 60% the price :D
I'm working a concept around in my mind, I'd like to do a fancy table with these contrasting woods. Was thinking about building a jatoba frame with a maple panel in the center. I'd like to bookmatch the tiger maple, but my bandsaw is fitted with a very small blade, and I think the blade is bent, and one guide block is missing, and I know next to nothing about bandsaw setup, so resawing for bookmatching might be difficult, unless I could somehow do it on the ol' table saw. Also, is 3/8" (or less, due to kerf), going to be enough material for the center of the table?
On to the proportions. I'd like to work the golden ratio into this project. I guess I'd start with the table height. Let me preface this by saying that this is a table for the table's sake, and is not to fill any specific purpose in life other than to gratify me immensely. A few popular table heights seem to be 34", 24", and 20". If I were to go with, say, 24", would it make sense then to make the width 24/phi and the length 24*phi, so it'd be roughly 38-7/8"L x 14-7/8"W x 24"H? That sound reasonable? or should the legs form the golden rectangle with the top and floor, and the top form a larger golden rectangle, or what? I'm not quite sure what I want to do at this point, just fishing for ideers.
I'm gonna grab a pencil and play with the numbers whilst I wait for the responses to roll in :)
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On Sat, 24 Jan 2004 04:30:30 -0500, T. wrote:

Beige, what else?
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