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Easy Woodworking Plan – The Sarah Side Table

With the publishing of my new woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, I have reached a milestone: this is my 20th woodworking plan. I may have a celebratory cold beverage with dinner tonight. The Sarah Side Table reflects a new design trend for me – contemporary furniture made from natural materials. But still rooted in traditional shapes. This table is an exercise in curves. For the curves, the design process started with the arched base which incorporates slight vertical elements or end points. The hope is that these help establish feet for the table. Then, the same or very similar curves were added to the both ends of the top, the drawer pulls and a very distinctive cut out for the sides. About the sides, they get an additional design feature from a slender vertical separation, or gap. The shape of the pulls and their contrasting wood helps give the table a modern feel. A couple of my friends have been encouraging me to make a woodworking project which is much easier …

Rolling Tool Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Today, I am publishing my 19th woodworking plan. Titled You Can Build a Rolling Tool Cabinet, this 21 page plan covers the construction steps needed to build a 12 drawer tool cabinet with an open area where larger tools can be stored. This plan is based on the tool cabinet I used in my workshop for almost 30 years. The tool cabinet which is made from sheets of plywood contains basic joinery methods like screws and glue, brads and glue and a few pocket screws. See the slide show video below for a quick view of the plan… The tool cabinet with casters measures 52-1/4″ tall, 33″ wide and 19-3/4″ deep. The drawers roll on 18″ ball bearing drawer slides and as the title indicates, the cabinet rolls on casters which makes it easy to move your tool cabinet closer to your work area. At 21 pages, this is more than just some elevations of the cabinet and a cut list. In addition to elevations and a cut list, there are four pages of material …

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 …