Hmmm, not as easy to answer as I first thought.
The arches definately lighten the piece. OTOH, they tend to
make the legs look a little heavy and blocky. I don't think
you'd want to taper the legs because of the mortise-tenon
for the lower rails. Maybe a stopped chamfer would complement
The non-arched version has something to say for itself in
it's simplicity - square legs, square rails, square top, kind
of a repeating theme (*).
You'd almost have to build both of them and see them "in
the flesh" to really know which is better.
(* "square" as in rectilinear, not literally all four sides
When I was younger and had more energy, I'd sometimes build
something out of construction lumber & plywood to see what
it looked like, and then do it over in quality wood.
Now, like you, I find I only have enthusiasm to do things
That said, you could mock up just the rails both ways
and dry-fit them to see which you liked better.
On Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:12:26 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
He hasn't told us, yet, but the arch curving up design is for his next set
of side tables, shoulder-arch-shoulder contour, with a shell or scalloped c
arving (or applique) centered on each arch. : ) This thread is his sneak
y, subtle way of poking us with a pointy stick, before he springs this othe
r design idea, on us.
I vote for the arched design.
I do like the subtle arch.
And I like showing the joinery.
Very nice. yes, I would like to see a finished project.
"Greg Guarino" wrote in message
I'm still tweaking my design. I'm curious to know who prefers this:
and who prefers this:
You can actually switch between the designs more easily with your left
and right arrows. You'll get perspective and parallel views of each. The
only difference is the arched rails.
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Another approach for consideration: not uncommon in this style of
furniture to arch just the bottom rail and leave the top rail straight.
That can work nicely if you also taper the inside faces of the legs:
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