Redwood Table from reclaimed logs #4: I have a vision

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Blog entry by lumberhack posted 03-24-2011 05:50 PM 882 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Call it a shortcoming or a character flaw, but I have never been real good at transfering my projects onto paper. Par for the course with me is to jot down some basic measurements and a primitive scribble as to what I want to build. I have tried computer programs, but who am I kidding, I dont text, tweet, and you won’t find me on facebook. To do woodwork this way, I have at times had to reconfigure whole projects to accomodate a lack of a clear wriiten plan and the measurements that go with it. I still find great joy in woodworking regardless. One thing that I still do (even with simple projects) is to set all the parts together to see how the actual project is aligning up with my vision. If I find that adjustments are required, I grab my cocktail napkin and jot down the required numbers.

I can now figure out the final size of the top and aprons and am generally happy with the “look”. Now I am off to the forest in the rain to get another log or 2
Cheers!! Mark

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 08:51 PM

Everybody works differently Mark. I say go with the way you are most comfortable. I also usually just make a sketch of what I want and then I make modifications to my design as I progress and ideas come to me. I guess it’s a good idea to plan everything out before beginning, but I enjoy being loose with the design and letting it evolve as I work. That way the result is unexpected and is almost always a pleasant surprise even to myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 11:55 PM

Hey stephang! I totally agree with letting the work evolve.

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 04:58 PM

The pile of logs that I have been picking from has sat in the pouring rain for a week. I think their weight has tripled

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