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The Gustave Side Table – Making Page 22

I have said virtually nothing here about my next woodworking plan which is titled You Can Make the Gustave Side Table. This table is designed in what I call “Craftsman Lite” and the plan name is derived from Gustav Stickley’s first name. Mr. Stickley is best known as a chief force behind the American Craftsman movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. According to Wikipedia, Stickley’s business name in 1898 was Gustave Stickley Company. Since this spelling of his first name was unusual, I decided to use it for this plan. While preparing for this woodworking plan, I came to the decision that attempting multiple illustrations at a high level (trying to be more like what is seen in woodworking magazines) simply isn’t necessary. And, in a way such illustrations can be confusing; all the color and lines – I have come to realize that simple is best. But, even creating simple images can be a little complex. In fact, for You Can Make the Gustave Side Table, I have created more than 130 …

Three SketchUp Projects – What I Learned

ometimes I hear compliments like “your SketchUp skills are crazy good” or something else equally kind. I know SketchUp pretty well, but I think the things I do with SketchUp tend to be the same kind of work; the same thing over and over. So when an opportunity to do a different kind of SketchUp project comes along I give it full consideration and on occasion, I’ll do free SketchUp work, especially if it has the potential to test my skills in a new way. I recently completed three SketchUp projects and this is what I learned from them… The AWG Workstation I lead a SketchUp workshop at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. I am careful not to call this a class because that would then make me the teacher and while I have learned a lot about SketchUp, I don’t feel I have the broad knowledge to be called a teacher or instructor. But, I am getting there. Recently the Guild asked me to create a SketchUp model for a new workstation. It is a …

An Update to “Old World Dining Table”

Since I published my 15th woodworking plan titled You Can Build an Old World Dining Table, several factors fell into place which led to an update. Whether it’s building a piece of furniture or creating a woodworking plan, if I know it can be better, my conscience bugs me until I make it right. With Old World Dining Table, a few comments led to a realization that the table didn’t look old world enough. In a post I wrote about the design of the table, I mentioned playing around with gothic arches in the leg assembly. I omitted these arches because with chairs in place, said arches would be hard to see. Also, adding them to the woodworking plan would make explaining the construction process much more difficult and equally difficult to pull off in the workshop. I am treating these arches sort of like floating panels, so they fit in grooves with other joinery close by… But, not having the arches bugged me. It’s like my conscience was telling me, “Jeff, put the arches …