Category Archives: proportions

useing proportions in furniture design

Proportioning systems

Ever since the first caveman or cavewoman drew the first saber tooth tiger on the wall, we have been exploring, discovering, and rediscovering proportions. I watched one of those “how to paint” artists on PBS recently. The instructor was working on … Continue reading

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Smoking out proportions…

Years ago I wrote an article (issue 186) for Fine Woodworking Magazine about documenting a piece of furniture in a museum. It actually was meant to help open doors with woodworkers at local historical centers and gain access to furniture that … Continue reading

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Proportioning furniture for a room…

  This time of year takes me back to some memories of delivering newspapers as a kid.  For a ten-year, old dragging heavy loads of papers in snow and slush was a sort of purgatory.  There were few bright spots except the season brought out … Continue reading

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Leg work…..

I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures of furniture legs and how they are proportioned. One thing that comes to mind is that a lot of designs include some sort of taper. If you look at a classic order … Continue reading

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Specifications and tolerances

   I had the good fortune almost thirty five years ago to land an apprenticeship to become a machinist. It was the tail end of an era just before everything went digital and cnc. Apprentices spent the first two years … Continue reading

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Not just plain vanilla…

Years ago we were painting a room and my wife sent me to the store to get a gallon of paint. She gave me a paint swatch and said, “Have them mix a can of eggshell white in semi-gloss.” Well … Continue reading

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Folding rules and proportions

A Treatise of Mathematical Instruments by John Robertson Last fall at the WIA (Woodworking in America) conference in Valley Forge I had the chance to talk to Don McConnell and Larry Williams from Clark and Williams. Don and I have … Continue reading

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Tips on sizing moldings

My wife has a really good eye when it comes to picking out colors. It not uncommon for her to take months to find just the right color for a room she wants to paint. Once she stopped me cold … Continue reading

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Creating harmony with proportions

This is the first of many posts to come on this subject. Actually you could spend several lifetimes looking at how great designers achieved visual harmony. Anything included in a furniture design from the overall form down to the smallest … Continue reading

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Proportions, do they matter?

With winter quickly approaching my wife and I will be frantically getting the yard and gardens buttoned up and leaves raked before the cold months ahead. I look forward to more time in the shop and more reading. I read … Continue reading

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