Check it out!
The current issue of WOOD Magazine (May 2014, Issue 225) has a good article on designing projects and building prototypes. The article contains 6 points on the process of taking a project through the design and prototyping, to a finished project.
The staff at WOOD Magazine asked me to contribute information on how I design and use prototypes. For the article they ended up using a picture of me building a full-scale cardboard fireplace for a client, and a key quote for the side-bar titled “5 Must-Know Design Principles.
I give kudos to the staff at WOOD Magazine, the article is practical and accurate in depicting the design and prototyping process. It lays out the steps that I use as a professional in designing and building a project for clients. So Kudos to the staff at WOOD Magazine for a great article that shares how it is really done.
I keep good company:)
I was pretty excited to see that I share in good company with this issue. Friend and fellow woodworking blogger, Matt Vanderlist from Matt’s Basement Workshop, has written an article for this same issue’s “Unvarnished: Straight talk from the WOOD-wide Web.” Matt shares some gold nuggets for the growing woodworker.
In fact, what Matt shares are exactly the lessons that I learned in my own journey as a woodworker and craftsman. I believe that what he shares is a valuable read for every woodworker and you should check it out.
The fireplace prototype story
If you are wondering about that full scale cardboard model, here’s the story:
It was for a client that had a fireplace and then bought a gas fireplace insert. The whole thing was a mess, the proportions and the design of the original fireplace were horrible and the insert did not even fit.
When the clients called and wanted me to design the project, I found myself at a point of burn out and I had trouble sitting down and envisioning it on paper or in Sketchup. So I went out to the shop and just dealt with whole pieces in full scale. I can work with that when I can’t think straight.
The clients were impressed with the overall design of the model. Even though the finished project is not exactly like the model, it is just used as a point of reference and changes are made for the actual project, there is no need to rebuild the model.
The following images show the original fireplace, the construction of the model, and the finished project.
To see the full album of the fireplace surround (there is an extensive set of progress photos I posted for the client to follow) check it out here: Fireplace Surround Photo Album
That is all for now.
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Todd A. Clippinger
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com