One of my assignments, when allowing students to pick their own projects, is for them to make an idea book. What is required of them is to come up with a general project, hopefully on they plan on building, and find at least 20 examples of that type of project. Example: Nightstand or Medicine Cabinet, etc. Each example is worth a total of 5 points equaling 100. They get 2 points for the photo of the project, one point for the manufacturer or the builder of the project, and 2 points for the overall dimensions. They also get a bonus 2 points if they can produce plans or instructions for that project.
What my goal is for this assignment is for them to look at several examples of a project they are about to undertake. Most of them don’t think about or even realize the design possibilities. Some are as simple as rounding the front of a nightstand top, or routing a flute in a vertical piece. Others don’t know how tall to make a nighstand, computer desk, sofa table, etc. So this helps with design and proportion.
This is where you, Lumberjocks, come into my equation. I have encouraged the students to explore this site. about 6 of my 40 have. Maybe this assignment will get more students exposed to LJ. Please be supportive in giving information about your project if one of my students are to ask you for permission to use your photo in their assignment, give them your name, you can use your LJ name for privacy reasons if you prefer, and any dimensions for the project. You can also send them plans or drawings if you would like.
Thanks for your support and help.