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Stickley Sideboard #1: Selecting the Plans

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 08-09-2009 08:35 AM 7683 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At first, I was enamored with #802, as done so well by Dale

Dale's version of Stickley Sideboard #802

I looked it up in Robert Lang’s book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”. I found an article on building it in Woodworking Magazine, Summer 2009 edition. I felt like I had done my homework and thought I might slip this in between the dining table and the chairs. We already have decent chairs.

I didn’t really realize it until I saw Stickley Sideboard #818 at the Arts & Crafts Fair in San Francisco this morning that I thought the #802 was a bit anemic for our future dining room set and the #800 was a bit much for anything less than a formal dining room. I came across an antique #818

Stickley #818

I showed it to my girlfriend and asked permission of the vendor to take a picture, which she graciously allowed, thanking me for asking. I then found #818 in a Stickley catalog and jotted down the dimensions. I believe the isometric view and the overall size will allow me to reverse engineer the plans for this ala Robert Lang. I may even draw them up in AutoCAD and post them here.

If I keep up this rate, I’m going to have to get a branding iron…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails



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jlsmith5963

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 08:27 PM

Given you have Autocad skills you may want to consider using Sketchup to reverse engineer the photo. The photo match process in Sketchup is quite effective. You can see a clear demonstration of the process in this video:

photomatch-a-chair

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 03:07 AM

You know, I’ve had a lot of trouble learning SketchUp for some reason. You guys here on LJ’s have put me to shame. I’m on the verge of ordering a SketchUp for Dummies book because I’ve been blown away by the Craftsman furniture I’ve found in SketchUp galleries. When you add in the fact that you can change the look of a SketchUp drawing to look like an anitique plan (ala DaveR), I’m sold.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 04:37 AM

These sites have lots of video on Sketchup.

sketchucation

go-2-school.

YouTube channel

If you go to over to Fine Woodworking to Design. Click. Build. you can look through all the info DaveR and Tim have posted. Be sure to check out the Archive as well.

You can see some of the Sketchup for dummies online before you buy.

Sketchup has a different conceptual framework than Autocad and therefore can be tricky to transition to if you don’t do a little primer work. Also, don’t let your Autocad keyboard habits frustrate you (particularly the ‘space bar’ = enter). Sketchup is very useful, however, it doesn’t replace Autocad it adds to it.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 04:39 AM

looks like a plan

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#5 posted 09-04-2009 01:46 AM

Skully,

I was having the same EXACT problem with Sketchup. 2 Suggestions. If you have a laptop, plug in another monitor (I have several around that came from old desktops) and use both screens. Put the tutorial on one screen and your drawing on the other. This alone will usually do the job. But, if this fails, try and attend the Woodworking in America conference on design next year. Bob Lang’s class along with the 10 hour a day workshop alone made the trip to Chicago worth it for me. Lang teaches the class in practical terms, and he’s a woodworker so he knows what your gonna ask before you ask it.

-- Bill, New Mexico, woodworker@q.com

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 12:05 PM

Going to be a great project!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 04:48 PM

I text messaged myself these dimensions at the Arts & Crafts Fair in San Francisco. Good thing I brought a tape measure.

Stickley #818 – 39 H x 48 W x 20 D

This matches the Craftsman Home dims. I can run down to Berkeley and check it out.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 05:55 PM

Thanks Dave, you’re unbelievably generous. I may take some time at the beginning of the year to teach myself SketchUp. I may take you up on your offer after I do the groundwork. I just taught myself Flash for a job, so my brain is a little swollen right now. This site is especially good at illustrating how powerful a tool SketchUp is for woodworkers. When you factor in how many LJ’s are doing it and I’m a techie, it makes it all the more imperative. When I’m ready, I’ll shoot you a PM.

Thanks again,

Chris

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 07-07-2010 09:02 AM

I’ve been very happy with dining room sideboards

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