Design and Inspiration #2: Mission Furniture: How to Build It

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-04-2008 07:37 PM 2553 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you have never checked it out, Mission Furniture: How to build it, by H. H. Windsor (Popular Mechanics) is a neat little book. I have a copy but you check out the page I was working from here

I drew the Hall Chair pictured in the book.

It is very Limbert in style.
This was hard for me to sketchup due to that angles. If anyone has any good advice about how to do cutouts in an angled piece please let me know.

I have been playing more with Sketchup Styles and animations. See more animation here. Music by me. If I sold furniture this would be a neat way to demonstrate to a customer.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 10:23 PM

I like the video——and the chair!

Me thinks I should learn to do the animation in sketchup.


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#2 posted 07-04-2008 10:48 PM

To do the animation you just set up different scenes with the scenes menu. Add a scene. Orbit the piece. Save the scene. Repeat. Then choose Edit>Export> Animation. Done.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 11:17 PM

Nice Sketchup work! I like the style you got the piece and in your render. As far as angles go you can get the inferences to snap parallel to another line. That way you can get your cutout sides to be parallel to the angled sides. You start your cutout side line where you want it, and then you hover your curser over the side edge and when you return to drawing the cutout side the LINE inference will turn purple, and the box should say parallel to edge.


That way you will be drawing your cutout sides parallel to your object sides. I love the sketchy style you picked…looks really hand drawn. Nice work…


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#4 posted 07-05-2008 12:01 AM

sweet posting … I have always loved the chair too, a classic design

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 07-05-2008 05:19 AM

That was a good, “watch,” Giz! Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 07-06-2008 06:12 AM

That was really cool. I like the design and the sketch video both. Will be a cool project.

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 03:55 PM

Giz -

Great post! Thanks for the book resource . . . I will have to try and find a copy.

I’m a big fan of Mission furniture I really like this chair, especially the tusk tenons.



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#8 posted 07-24-2008 02:20 PM

Agree with David. I love Mission furniture. I’m trying to build an entire Mission Style bedroom set. Thanks for the book review. I’ve already ordered it on Amazon.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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