Going Over Edges
Understanding the design implications of edge treatments will improve the look and feel of your work
Synopsis: Will Neptune focuses on 18th-century edges in this article, which illustrates how small details distinguish one style from another. In designing a piece, he suggests sizing the top first, because you register the thickness of the top and degree of its overhang before you take in small details, such as the profile of the edge. Next is shaping the top, because a top with a visually active shape leads the eye around its edge. In molding the edge, he offers a few principles: round surfaces are softer than flat; vertical and horizontal lines have a more severe effect than angles; 90° corners have a harder look than obtuse corners; the viewer reacts to shadow and light as much as to volume and shape. The article includes a glossary of edge profiles, including square, half-round, astragal, segmental, thumbnail, and ogee.
Top edges are an opportunity, a chance for a furniture maker…