Guess Who Is In The Latest Issue of WOOD Magazine:)

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 04-07-2014 06:36 AM 2489 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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.

Your friend in the shop-

Todd A. Clippinger

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 10:07 AM

Nice article and really like the thorough process you did for this customer.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 11:13 AM

I’ll have to get that issue. Congrats!

-- John

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 11:18 AM

You’re becoming a Wood regular. :)

Nice work on that fireplace. The old one was, ahem, different. The redesign looks significantly better.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 01:42 PM

Very good post.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 02:15 PM

Todd great look on the fireplace. And congratulations on the Wood Mag tips.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 02:17 PM

Congratulations, Todd. Thanks for posting about the article.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 02:20 PM

congrats todd, its always good to learn from the pro’s

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 03:52 PM

A well deserved “Congrats” Todd !!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 03:59 PM

Congrats, very nice indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 04:25 PM

Wanted to add my congratulations Todd, it’s nice to be recognized for our work! And to make a living while doing it. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 04:46 PM

Saw you in the magazine, then forgot to post. Great idea even for us nonprofessionals who do not want
to waste wood making a prototype, I changed my gas fireplace design several times at the request of my
beautiful Lady and she was happy with the finished project,
This is one more good reason to save those big pieces of cardboard, and a can of rattle paint can give you
a color prospective with very little cost. Congratulations on your continuing success Todd and thank you
for sharing. Looks like I need a better camera and, No I do not think I am ever going to get old enough
to know better.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 08:13 PM

Hi Todd!
YES! I saw your article!

Good idea… I have done that on small stuff… BUT, BIG STUFF like you do, NO!
... I use boxes that we get stuff in… biggest pieces is from a New TV… most are much smaller!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 12:19 AM

Congratulations! I look forward to reading your article!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 04-08-2014 01:32 AM

Congratulations! I will check it out ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 04-08-2014 02:21 AM

Congrats! I’ll check it out.

-- Rick M,

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