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Posted on How do you work ? From detailed drawn out plans and sketches,or by rote ?

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 07:38 PM

Ron—you said “I haven’t gotten into hard core woodworking projects yet, because I’m still trying to get my shop online.”—you’re ready now. Go make projects, your shop will never be done.

I am pretty good with Sketchup, and have used it for a few projects, but it is usually too abstract from a real piece, and I end up wasting time on it. It was vital when I designed and built cabinets for my kitchen, but for furniture projects and smaller items, its overkill. I’ve been getting into sketching things out by hand, and then doing full scale drawings of certain parts or profiles. That really helps me figure out if I have proportions and curves correct. One of my future projects will be a drawing table. I also sometimes build mock ups to get a feel for a piece. You can see my table mock up I did recently, as well as some full size sketched I did for that same table here.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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