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SketchUp design changes – TV Console project

Better. With this updated design, I have worked out a few design issues. I’m back baby! After taking a very short break from some shop frustrations (see my last post), I got focused on what I needed to accomplish to move the TV console project forward. And I am glad to report that I am back on track. But, before I get to the actual woodworking, I thought I would show how the design of this project has matured. With the initial design of the TV console project completed, I felt a little uneasy about it. The first thing I was concerned with was the height of the original design. While the balance of the SketchUp illustration was pretty good, I suspected that this project would come off almost like a piece of toy furniture. At 19 3/4 inches, the initial design was was less than two feet tall. So I drew it full size on a piece of MDF and enlarged the design going with a size that simply felt better. First some perspective …

Messing around with SketchUp

If I had built this… One of the design options for the Scott Bookcase. I abandoned it due to it’s complexity and the estimated length of time needed to complete it. When I started designing the Scott Bookcase, I went through four different designs. The design shown above was my imagination run amok. I say that because this design would have taken me a long, long time to complete. This idea had been just a drawing on graph paper until this week; a drawing that I did not want to throw away, but it kept reappearing: in my office, in our guest bedroom where our home computer resides, among other places. It’s almost as if this drawing was telling me to do something with it. So, I started messing around with it in SketchUp… Architecture in furniture. I like architecture and this design was an attempt to add architectural elements to a basic bookcase. This illustration was re-sized in SketchUp prior to exporting and it has lost some of it’s sharp detail. The spark. This …

SketchUp design #2 – TV Console project

Moldings. This second design for the TV console features traditional elements. When I meet with my Dad in the next few days to go over design options for his new TV console, I want to be able to present him with at least two ideas. What you see in this post is the second design. The room where the TV console will reside is very traditional containing paneled wainscoting and heavy crown molding. The first design is somewhat modern in feel, so I wanted to design a more traditional option for him… Traditional. Note the bracket feet and more generous use of moldings than what is found on the first design. Borrowed. In the A/V storage area, note the design treatment on the center dividers. I borrowed this idea from an article in Fine Woodworking #78, the September/October 1989 issue – which featured a Ron Layport designed walnut chest. Simple. The sides are solid slabs of wood. This is the easier of the two designs – not as many steps in the construction process, and …