If my old man were here, he’d say: “stop lollygagging and get on with it.” He’d be right but I still wouldn’t be moving forward. Every step of the way I’ve found my paralysis by analysis disease rear its ugly head on this project. I reached out to the IG community for help and received some good feedback. I’m going to solicit the same from you.
My last design hurdle is what to do with the top? I’ll try to break it down into a three categories: overhang, under-bevel, and curves. First we’ll look at the overhang. I like the idea of a long(ish) overhang because I’ve been ogling images like this one from Darrell Peart on Pinterest.
On the other hand, my lovely wife does not like this exaggerated overhang citing our daughters’ clumsy tendencies and the fact that it’s at eye level for one and shoulder height for the other. I snapped these two pictures to toggle between (sorry about the busy background).
Hold your thoughts for a minute as we discuss the next topic: under-bevel. I’m not sure if I’m saying that right but it’s the “large” bevel you see on the underside of Shaker tables and the like. Due to the relatively thin top (3/4″ thick), I was thinking of putting an under-bevel to help lift the piece and mask it’s thinness by actually making it thinner. Conversely, I did consider the breadboard ends in a Greene & Greene style as shown in Peart piece but it requires a longer overhang and it’s considerably more work than I want to do at this point. Again, hold your thoughts.
Finally, I’m wondering about adding a curve to the outside edges of the top. Using the template from the legs, I thought I’d echo those curves. It’s hard to capture on camera but, you’ll get the idea (I hope). I masked out the area I’d chop off with blue tape.
Now that I’ve explained everything, here are my specific questions:
- Overhang – long or short?
- Breadboard ends – yes or no?
- Under-bevel – yes or not?
- If yes to #3 then what dimensions/ratios make sense? Where do I start the bevel or how much of the flat do I keep? 1/4″?
- Should the under-bevel extend to the back part of the top? Or should the back be flat and flush?
- Curves on the sides – yes or no?
- If I do curve the sides should they be circular or echo the slight asymmetry of the legs? Or do I bust out a French curve and pick something else?
- If I do the curve AND the under-bevel, how does that work? Some guidance on the dimensions and process would be helpful.
The exercise of writing this all out has been tremendously cathartic. And truth be told, I’m leaning toward the following decisions:
- Small overhang (1″ or so max)
- Curves on the sides that echo the legs…the apex to the curve may determine the overhang
- Under-bevel all the way around including the curved sides
That being said, I’d really appreciate some critiques and thoughts before I start cutting things up. Please let me have it.