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Designing a Table Both Swinging and Stable

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Abstract:

Howard Eves captured people's imagination by proposing a hinged table whose top could swing around to be either an equilateral triangle or a square. But is Eves's mathematically motivated design actually good furniture design? This paper identifies potential design flaws in that hinged table and proposes an intriguing new design. Both the original table and the new table are analyzed for factors contributing to stability, such as the size of pieces and the placement of legs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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