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Blog series by Chris updated 2207 days ago 5 parts 35431 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: My Journey Designing & Building from Scratch

2214 days ago by Chris | 10 comments »

For quite some time now I have wanted to build a piece of furniture from scratch. This is partly because I could not find any one plan that suited me and because there are SO MANY things I just don’t know. Many folks like to “Prototype” or build mock-up’s / models. I wanted something more and something quicker and less expensive. That is were my Sketchup journey began; I started by working through the tutorials, then asking a whole lot of questions. Several of the most...

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Part 2: Just being a Galoot.......

2213 days ago by Chris | 1 comment »

So, yesterday afternoon I started really working on the project. I had ~10BdFt of 8/4 White Oak on hand so I rough cut it to length on the table saw then started flattening the faces and jointing the edges. When it’s about 90 – 95 Degree’s(f) and 90% humidity it can make for quite a workout & weight loss program. I have the blanks for the aprons and legs ready to to re-saw on the Bandsaw. There is no way I would try that by hand with a rip saw; I’m not the twisted!...

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Part 3: The Top - It has a story of it's own

2211 days ago by Chris | 5 comments »

I actually glued up the top more than a year ago from some old growth Oak that I had salvaged. Therein lies the story; not long after my wife and I were married and moved into our house we were offered an old upright Piano for free. My wife was a voice major in college and of course jumped at the opportunity. All I had to do was drive up to Jekyll Island Georgia to retrieve it; however that was easier said than done. Have you ever seen one of those huge old uprights? This Piano had Mfg. date ...

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Part 4: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.....

2210 days ago by Chris | 4 comments »

So, after getting started on rough dimensioning the lumber I decided to go back to the drawing and complete the prototyping in Sketchup. I have added the corner blocks / braces to firm up the leg to apron joint (that should resist racking; correct?). I have also created the Drawer guides/glides and have them placed in the drawing. I’m pretty much flying blind other than some reading I’ve done. Also, does anyone know of a decent tutorial for using intersect in Sketchup? Does any...

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Part 5: A Half Step Forward, This is starting to sound like a square dance......

2207 days ago by Chris | 4 comments »

Exploration in drawer design…. After some conversations that were sparked by my previous post I really started playing around with drawer designs. But first I finally figured out using intersect to create the apron joinery for the drawer guides. I think it turned out pretty well… This is an exploration in furniture design and design using 3D modeling (Sketchup). Over all I’m learning alot just by prototyping in this manner. Now for the drawer; even after some ou...

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