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icapture

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02-02-2016 01:25 PM

Hey guys,

Designed this drafting desk sandwiched between two dressers. The rendering is in walnut, but there is no way I could afford, nor would want to spend the amount that walnut would cost.

I have experience fabricating all sorts of stuff (wood, metal, clay, ect.) so I am not worried about the actual construction of the piece. But I come to you guys and wish to tap into your experience when it comes to what wood to go with.

I was thinking using a high quality furniture grade plywood (something light like birch) and then staining it walnut. I really like the look plywood end grain gives to furniture. I have included a rendering in birch plywood for example.

What are your thoughts?

Walnut: (High Res – [img]http://i.imgur.com/BMuiM0c.png[/img]

Birch Plywood: (High Res – [img]http://imgur.com/vPpcDhm[/img])


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Rick.

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 12:16 AM

Walnut ply with solid walnut drawer fronts, if budget is an issue.

Otherwise cabinet grade ply with zebrawood veneer, aluminum pulls and legs. Maybe an old fashioned combination by I like it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 12:28 AM

Either would be beautiful!
I hope you are planning to but a drafting surface on the table to protect the wood from compass and divider points!

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 01:43 AM

Who does hand drafting anymore?

The wood doesn’t matter, you put a synthetic rubber pad as your surface. You can’t get good results drawing when the grain bleeds thru.

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icapture

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 09:16 PM


Walnut ply with solid walnut drawer fronts, if budget is an issue. Otherwise cabinet grade ply with zebrawood veneer, aluminum pulls and legs. Maybe an old fashioned combination by I like it.

- Rick M.

Walnut ply sounds like a great idea. I am creating a budget for solid walnut drawers (14 of them) but it looks like it might be pricey. Having the desk in 3D sure helps with this budgeting step.

Here is what a dresser would look like with your suggestion of zebra wood. (Link to high res: )


Either would be beautiful!
I hope you are planning to but a drafting surface on the table to protect the wood from compass and divider points!

- oldnovice

I wasn’t planning on that, but thats a good suggestion. Would like to have something that is removable though for aesthetic reasons.


Who does hand drafting anymore?

The wood doesn t matter, you put a synthetic rubber pad as your surface. You can t get good results drawing when the grain bleeds thru.

M

- MadMark

Well, it’s not intended for drafting per-se, but I do a lot of figure drawing and its for “blocking” shapes out. It’s nice to have the paper vertical in front of you. Plus, it’s nice to be able to adjust the drawing surface’s angle.

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 10:00 PM

Plywood will work fine but, I wouldn’t use birch with the intention of staining it. Birch does not stain well without a lot of prep work and a little luck. Walnut ply would be a nice choice. You could use birch for interior parts to save a little $.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 10:13 PM

I did my own renderings with an architects rule for my mudroom addition to get a permit. I used to be a graphic designer but after I left that world and people stopped using Quark and Illustrator I found it easier to draw the old fashioned way. Guess I’m becoming a dinosaur.

What program are your renderings created from icapture?

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Rick.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 10:47 PM


Walnut ply sounds like a great idea. I am creating a budget for solid walnut drawers (14 of them) but it looks like it might be pricey. Having the desk in 3D sure helps with this budgeting step.

Here is what a dresser would look like with your suggestion of zebra wood. (Link to high res: )


- icapture

Seeing it, now I’m wondering how it would look with a carcass of ebonized walnut with zebrawood drawer fronts.

Question is … what did you think?

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icapture

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 01:27 AM


I did my own renderings with an architects rule for my mudroom addition to get a permit. I used to be a graphic designer but after I left that world and people stopped using Quark and Illustrator I found it easier to draw the old fashioned way. Guess I m becoming a dinosaur.

What program are your renderings created from icapture?

- dhazelton

Desk was built in Sketchup and then rendered in Podium.

Seeing it, now I m wondering how it would look with a carcass of ebonized walnut with zebrawood drawer fronts.

Question is … what did you think?

- Rick M.

It wasn’t bad, but the look I was going for was a more toned down Mid Century Modern look. Plus, this is really my first piece of “expensive” furniture so I want to go with something classic for my first project.

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