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Blog entry by Jeff2008 posted 08-28-2016 02:40 AM 347 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in the middle of researching ideas for a project I was working on earlier this year, when I stumbled on a little cupboard/draw system for holding shoes. I thought it might be something my wife would like, so I filed the idea away until I had the time to start it.

My idea of filing away an idea is taking a picture, screen shot or just saving the picture off the Internet onto my phone. If I need a shopping list, I write it down on paper then photograph the list with my phone. When I go shopping I pull my phone out and check my shopping list. Therefore I am always looking at the photo section on my phone, so i am constantly reminded of various ideas.

So begins my research on (for the want of better terminology) the shoe cabinet. I must admit before I go any further, I am not good at coming up with unique and quirky ideas. I am a copier. (Sorry) So I start googling everything about shoe cabinets. That’s how I came across Lumber Jocks. One very nice piece that came up on my Google hit list was a shoe cabinet featured under “My Project”. I poked around a bit and decided that this was the site for me. 1000s of people sharing my passion. (I digress)

During my inspiration gathering, I was considering Federation or Greene and Greene Crafts style. I settled on Craft Style. It was at this stage that I started my drawings. Sometimes I don’t put a lot of effort into my drawings as the piece I am considering is not over complicated. I hope this explains why the following drawings are not flash. Also from the time I start researching to the time I start dressing up the timber I am continually researching and trying to improve my design. I build the project in my head as I am driving looking out for pitfalls or just how I am going to go about construction.

As mentioned before, I take pictures, copy from the Internet, and complete my own drawings. I have not included sample pictures as I am not sure of copy right. My drawings are basic at the stage of drawing them. Many things have changed in that time frame. Eg. Back to only 2 draws, like in the perspective drawing. More Greene and Greene bits and pieces added on. There are photos on my phone of what I want the finished product to look like and maybe I’ll redraw the plans but I have a good idea what I want, so probably not.

This is the first time I have ever blogged so I hope I can make this interesting enough for people to follow the story. Please be patient as I work full time and I am helping my daughter renovate her house.

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#1 posted 08-28-2016 04:11 AM

Love to see the spark of an idea come to life.
Will be watch this.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 08-28-2016 04:32 AM

I can appreciate your research method. Keeping your ideas on the phone is definitely more organized than my collection of photos on the computer and phone, plus sketches and parts lists on a pad of graph paper, junk mail or whatever is handy. And yes life does get in the way of projects.

Looking forward to the build.

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