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#1 posted 10-29-2010 02:43 AM

Good topic Jim. My favorite projects start with a “concept drawing”, a sketch really. That goes out to the shop to see what material I have that might suit. Then I visualize pretty much how the general piece will go together and start cutting. The details evolve, sometimes a lot during the simultaneous design / build process. I’m 3/4 of the way through a project before I really know exactly how it’s going to look. This was the extent of the design work when I started Oops!

As you can see some of the ideas got used others were dropped along the way.
To answer the second half of your question, You may or may not have noticed that not much Wenge spilled down the back of the cabinet.
If you want to see LOTS of pictures,the full construction path is here: (click on slide show) It does show the “in progress” design evolution. This was a “what you can do with a ShopSmith” how to so if you look that will explain a lot.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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