The nice thing about geometry (aside from sitting next to Cris Titsworth) is that you can perform some operations that look difficult with surprising ease.
For example, let’s look at my “wireframe” model for my next project. With needlenose pliers I can adjust the rake and splay of the legs, which are made from 12-gauge wire, until I’m pleased with how the legs look from all directions.
Then, using some formulas picked up from old books (see above, I can’t believe I am showing you this)…. I can dial in my angles.
Then it’s a cinch to knock out the finished piece:
Of course, I can adjust the legs to produce these simple variants.
Or, by simply changing the value of X, produce this:
— Christopher Schwarz