I learn something new from each project. Usually, it is how not to do something. In this case, I didn't label my pieces as well as I might have, so I ended up with a bit of a mess-up in one joint. Luckily, this is when to do it. In any case here are the two concepts:
Here are the completed views of the arc / leg assembly. First, slightly proud back, proud front.
After I get the concepts more or less set, I start to think practical. The first thing do (usually mentally), is figure out a draft sequence of operations. Here is my initial concept for this project.
Initial sequence thoughts
Legs Bandsaw curve & retapeLegs cut top angleLegs Cut slot for bridle jointLegs bandsaw taper & retapeArc cut bridle joint dadoArc bandsaw curve and retapeArc taper endsArc & Legs router trim
LOML wanted to see a lower shelf on the tall version. What LOML wants, she gets.
I then tape them up to the wall to review and consider for a while.
With all of this there was no clear winner. I liked both the tall version and the shorter version. What to do then? Of course, mock up each.
After sitting on the idea for a while, I decided it stall had merit. So the next step is to draw it up. I tend to work in 3"=1'-0" scale for a project of this size. I had initially conceived of this as a small table to sit by the couch that LOML might put her magazines or laptop on. I first drew it up as if it were right for that purpose. I chose to start with it being square in proportion when viewed from the front. I draft it out out in proportion and then sketch over it in trace. Here