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Changes for The Modern Kitchen Cupboard

I like the design I developed for my next woodworking plan (shown above). I am calling this piece of furniture the Modern Kitchen Cupboard. I like the overall shape, I like the gray paint and birdseye maple combination, the sweeping curves to the top; the modern door/drawer pulls. Pretty much all of it, except one thing. When designing in SketchUp, I have learned the hard way to never rely just on your 3D model for a final design. Always draw it full size to confirm you like it; confirm there are no surprises (make a full size model if possible like this one). So, I bought some poster board and taped several sheets together and did just that; draw the Modern Kitchen Cupboard full size. I quickly discovered a design flaw. The cupboard is simply too short. In the image at the top of this post, I have added a scale figure which shows what I am talking about. The cupboard height is around this guy’s elbow. When I stretched out my tape measure while …

Designing the Modern Kitchen Cupboard

I am in the early stages of a new woodworking plan. I continue to explore easy ways to make durable, stylish furniture which does not rely on pocket screws for primary joinery. I don’t mind using pocket screws, in fact my last woodworking plan calls for 26 pocket screws to be used during construction. I just think that there is more gained by learning to use as much wood-to-wood joinery as possible. Past woodworking plans feature dado and dowel joinery. With the right jigs, these two joinery methods are easy to execute, but a truly successful dowel joint relies on precise placement of a dowel jig. With the upcoming woodworking plan, I am going to include mortise and tenon joinery in place of dowels. With the use of a chisel and/or hand plane, a tenon can be made to perfectly fit a mortise. In my future woodworking projects, I’ll be using mortise and tenon joints in place of dowels. Rustic furniture is still trendy. I recently saw in the pages of Architectural Digest, a fashionable …

A Bible Stand for my Mom

One benefit of being a woodworker is the woodworker can design and build furniture to fit any space. In my mom’s home there exists a small corner in her foyer. Not long after graduating from the University of Alabama where I had taken a shop class titled “Wood Technology” I built a slender bible stand to fill that space. This was about 1985. I was greatly influenced then by woodworker Peter Kramer. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about Peter which shows photos of his furniture designs (see the blog post by clicking here) The bible stand is a variation of one I saw in the 1984 issue of Country Home magazine, which I still have. When I am having design trouble, I’ll often open the pages of this magazine and read the article about Peter. I was at my mom’s house last night and took these photos with my iPhone. The bible stand will soon be 30 years old and is still looking good – no need of any repairs. This …