Michael Cran submitted a recent project requesting your input, below are his comments. As always for these on-line critiques, if you share an opinion, please bolster it with the why behind your veiw. Thinking through your conclusions helps all, even the one offering constructive advise.
This was a small coffee table I made for my sister. The design constraints were a small living area, a small budget, and the wood available. I was very fortunate to find a nice piece of figured walnut for the top and legs. I chose a half blind mitered dovetail for the corner joint, (dovetails visible from the side). The mitered aspect was chosen for continuity of the grain over the edge, the dovetail aspect for structural integrity and well, because I’d never cut one before. The stretcher is curly cypress. I chose it because it had very little commercial value, and plenty of character. The cantilevered edge was in response to the length of the cypress, and the space the table was meant to fill. I am pleased with the contrast between the cypress and walnut, in color but mostly form. What wildness is it that holds this formal world together?
I welcome any critiques but am particularly curious to know how others respond to the proportions. They were somewhat constrained by the material itself, but mostly it was a matter of right…about…there. Something seems a little off to me.