My wife has been begging me for quite some time to make her a ‘Veggie Bin’. She didn’t have anything all that specific in mind, but she wanted someplace other than the bottom of our kitchen pantry closet to store the potatoes, onions, and other fresh veggies.
Our house is small, and there isn’t much room in the kitchen. In one corner stands a small bookshelf jammed and overflowing with cookbooks. It is also coming apart, so a replacement is needed. So I asked my wife where we would put a ‘Veggie Bin’ if we had one, and there was no good place. So my idea was to combine the Bin with a bookshelf, and replace the dilapidated Cookbook shelf with this – thus not taking up any additional wall space in the kitchen (because there is none !).
I had been struggling for a while to find a good, free drawing package that would let me quickly make up drawings for woodworking projects. Being an Engineer by profession, I have become used to using 2D CADD packages and nothing in the freeware space was very satisfactory (another hobby of mine is collecting freeware tools to use on my PC). Then recently, I came accross SketchUp, and thought it looked interesting because of my interest in 3D photorealistic rendering (having played with POV-Ray for years – see www.povray.com). I quickly found this program to be one of the most intuitive 3D modelling packages I had ever used, and saw that it would work well for designing woodworking projects, too !
Now several of my interests were dovetailing very nicely together ! Here is my current design for the Veggie Bin / Cookbook shelf, as rendered in SketchUp:
Maple will be the wood of choice, I think, but Red Oak is cheaper.
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