The design still looks great, expanded to 4 feet long. What makes it work so well is the beautiful finish on the wood, contrasted to the utilitarian metal parts. Incidentally, WD40 will remove the price stickers on the metal parts. Or is that the ultimate touch of utility?
Another subtle thing: your sense of proportion also goes far in making these stands look so great. That would be easy to mess up, for someone like me.
i'll remove those stickers when/if i get to it. i agree with your point about contrast. the first one of these that i built used cheap pine 2X4's, which did not contrast so nicely with the steel hardware.
if i can remember i will try to Photoshop a picture with dimensions in inches and put it up too.
here are a few more pictures.
detail of inside joint. as you can see, this construction is quite sturdy.
the western red cedar is very soft wood, but i pre-drilled holes so that screws would drive in straight.