SketchUp, Woodworking Plans in Progress
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Progress on the Apartment Dining Table Plan

I’m taking a little break from woodworking. But I am deep into the process of making my next woodworking plan. My goal with this plan is to expand the use of color and typography, but at the same time scrutinize the use of color in illustrations so I can better communicate the construction process.

There have been some minor changes to previously completed pages; namely I switched the body text to a san serif font. More and more I am favoring Georgia as a headline font and Franklin Gothic for text. Click the images to enlarge…

Page 1 - the back story about the project.

Page 1 – the back story about the project.

Page 2 - main dimensions.

Page 2 – main dimensions.

Page 3 - cut list and exploded view.

Page 3 – cut list and exploded view.

Page 4 - Creating the legs.

Page 4 – Creating the legs.

Page 5 - completing the legs by drilling holes.

Page 5 – completing the legs by drilling holes.

Page 6 - creating the table aprons.

Page 6 – creating the table aprons.

Page 7 - creating the front and back aprons.

Page 7 – creating the front and back aprons.

Seven pages is all I have so far. In addition to changing fonts, I keep making other subtle changes all in hopes of making a visually interesting woodworking plan which is easy to follow. An example is page three – this is the original image of the exploded view…

The original image on page 3.

The original image on page 3.

The updated image.

The updated image.

The wood color can actually make it harder to see all the components and their shapes especially since I love using shadows in my illustrations. To give you an idea of how much is involved in creating a single page, I have changed several pages as many as four times as I look for better ways to use SketchUp images and the available page space. Right now, as I look at page 6, I am not liking all the white space. Hummmm…

I envision this plan being as long as 10-12 pages. I’ll have more soon.

9 Comments

  1. As an architect I love looking at your posts! The exploded axons are the best way to show how things are put together. Very easy to follow, too bad I am much better on the computer than in the woodshop 🙂

    • Annie, thank you for your kind words. When I was a child, my dad wanted me to grow up to be an architect. This is as close as I’ll ever get. 🙂

    • Yes, it is SketchUp. I am currently using SketchUp Pro, but the illustrations you see here do not use any of the Pro features. They can be accomplished with the free version.

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