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Designing in SketchUp #4 – The Montreat Side Table

I am closing in on finishing my next woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, and I always thought it would be my next furniture project; but it won’t. Proportion plays a big role in a successful design and when I took the Sarah Side Table and re-sized it to fit the space between our couch and love seat, I didn’t like what I saw. But I like the Sarah Side Table and intend to build it as a bedside table for our guest bedroom. I do some of my best thinking on Saturday and Sunday mornings as I lay in bed trying to get a few more minutes of sleep. My new design is what I call the Montreat Side Table named for the community east of Asheville, North Carolina. My wife and I would love to live there or anywhere in the Asheville area really. While laying in bed Saturday morning, I worked out this design in my mind and then visualized it in SketchUp. Before we get to the Montreat …

Designing Furniture in SketchUp #2

Every now and then, I get an email asking for a SketchUp model to be made to match a photo or a change to one of my woodworking plans. I’ve received two such requests recently. Because these projects can be very, very time intensive, I now only do this on a commission basis, meaning I get paid for the work. Some of these design projects can be challenging. I’m not only replicating a photo, more importantly I’m determining the best construction methods. Take the dining table shown above. I got an email and a photo which asked for a SketchUp model. I stated my rate which was agreed to and the work began. The photo showed a table which was slightly larger than what the client wanted for his own home. So, the first challenge was presented: how to scale down the table without losing the original look. I think the end result was successful, especially the view of the side. The view from the end, is a little suspect because the side to side …

Designing Furniture In SketchUp

was leading a workshop on SketchUp at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild and talking about a model I created from a photo. One of the guys spoke up and said, “You did that just from a photo?” This lead to a few questions about how to actually design in SketchUp with minimal initial information. Recently, I received a request from a woodworker to design a dining room sideboard, again with only a little information and I thought I’d document my process. Two Photos This design started as a conversation over dinner. I met with a woodworker from Huntsville, Alabama and he surprised me with a request to design a sideboard. He had seen a design I had developed and posted at my Instagram account. Then, there was a photo he and his wife liked. The two images… Matt’s Shaker Sideboard was what they liked the most, but they liked the middle drawer arrangement of my Telluride Dresser design possibly flanked by a door on each side. Right away, I began putting together a design which had …