After posting Episode # 12 (tea table intro), I received numerous questions about how I came up with the proportions for the table. So I decided to do a step by step drawing to explain how I actually came up with the design. Most of the proportions themselves came from common ratios and proportions seen in classical architecture. Mostly the drawing was done by lots of trial and error with these proportions until things looked right to my eye. There are a lot of old books that talk about classical orders of architecture. One of my most referenced is Thomas Chippendale’s “Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director”.
I also did a quick drawing of a contemporary design based on similar proportions. If you’re not into the 18th century styled pieces, perhaps this one will suit your fancy. The general proportions are the same as the porringer top table. The leg proportions, however, are slightly different (the leg stock is still the same, but the curve proportions are slightly different).