This Day in Blogging History: Fibonacci drawers; Utensil skull; Toilets of games


This is perfect for me, as I only own objects whose relative sizes conform to the Fibonacci sequence.

I’ve built quite a few pieces of furniture with drawers, likely over 100. But I typically use a simple arithmetic series based on the widest board I have available for a drawer front. If I have an 18 inch opening to fill with drawers, and my widest board is five inches, I would set x=5 and solve for y in (x - 0y) + (x - 1y) + (x - 2y) + (x - 3y) = 18. So my drawers would be 5", 4-1/3", 4", 3-2/3".

If you are still reading, you might ask “uhh . . why?”. If all the drawers are the same height, it makes a piece look top heavy. If you make each drawer a little shorter than the one below it, the piece looks more balanced. I’ve tried a geometric series, but it doesn’t work as well. Using a Fibonacci series is an interesting twist.

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