I was out this weekend at a friend’s place where some logging is being done (I’ll be posting about that in the near future). I started to think about the process of gathering lumber for use in the design and building of furniture projects. The work being done at my friends was very small scale when compared to any kind of a commercial operation however, it made me think about the benefits that small operations like this offer to the average woodworker. I buy rough lumber fr...
Welcome to my first ever blog. As this develops, please let me know how I could make it better or more interesting. I can be wordy at times, so let me know if you don’t want to read as much about such a mundane subject as building a bed. Part 1: The Idea is Born The first part of my process for building any furniture for my own home is by far the longest. I have had designs floating around in my head for five years on this bed – just refining them here and there – once in awhi...
New old spaceThe screen porch was occupied previously by disgusting laundry equipment We cleaned out the space: Now the whole space is stripped, stained, and lacquered. I put a new HVAC vent in the floor. This it will fit into the baseboard but it does constrain the project somewhat. I have already purchased a nickel sink, water filter system, and faucet. Just need to build the cabinet. I set out some old doors and extra panels to feel the dimensions. Initial Design Here i...
My head is still spinning. Just getting to the show has been a trial. This was my third try to get past the jury process. I’ve heard about how hard it is just to get accepted into the show. So in my innocence I figured I’d go all out and bring everything. That meant getting a booth. Hauling everything up there. Setting it all up. A good bit of time and money involved. Part of getting ready was getting all new tires on my “good” truck, a 96 GMC with just about 100,000 m...
For the most part the design process is left to me on the furniture I build. The customer just gives me a general idea and I go with it. There is the occasion that the customer would like or needs to have their hand in the designing process. Case in point, I have a Murphy wall bed customer that ordered my Euro Murphy bed. They wanted to change it up a little by adding a few extra rectangle blocks. She had an idea of what she wanted and thought it look good on paper. After tempora...
Designer’s Evolution at having Livid Imagination What happens when the door is opened and ‘livid imagination’ meets the powers that are written in wood? ....these are the thoughts that transform my desire for design, much as the stretching of an old wineskin when new wine is poured in, and as my horizon is gone to vertical mode of jacob’s latter, i am culled out to release some jewels of what amasses within my head…. —-designer’s evolution is...
Let me invite you to visit our two new kids in the LumberJocks woodworking forums family: Safety in the Woodworking ShopBefore you pick up those woodworking tools, take the time to ensure your safety in the shop! Eyes, ears, fingers, and lungs are all at risk when working with wood. Share your tips and stories of “lessons learned” to help others protect their health. Designing Woodworking ProjectsLooking for information on designing your projects? Having difficulties reading project pla...
This post talks about the basic process I go through for every furniture design project. Click here for the post. Thanks for reading!
I’ve updated my SketchUp drawings; still no dust panels, shelves, or door. Clicking on any photo should take you to it’s Flickr page, with higher resolutions if it’s too hard to see some of the detail here. Here’s an exploded view of the current plan, to reveal some of the internal blocking and joinery plans. The current thought is to use mostly 4/4 Lyptus, except on the back and drawer bottoms, where I’ll use plywood. Dimensioned drawing of the divid...
My blogging is more like a diary. It is about my personal woodworking journey. The Western Design Conference is just a week away and my brain is kicking into high gear. I’ve been offline for a week and a half so I’ve just been trying to catch up here at Lumberjocks. Reading some good stuff about marketing, websites, shows, etc. The range of professional experience is very educational. I have to admit I expected some direct response from a web site, but haven’t got a bite. ...
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