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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 …

Contemporary Coffee Table Woodworking Plan and Guide

Today, I launch my 17th woodworking plan and the second plan to be sold in my Etsy shop. The plan titled “You Can Build the Lynne Coffee Table” details the construction process for building the table which gains some bold styling from the combination of mahogany and tiger maple. The table measures 34-1/2″ wide, 17-3/4″ tall and is 18-3/4″ deep. Our family room is on the smallish side and this table is designed for such a room. The primary joinery is via dowels; a strong and easy joint to make. The lower shelf is attached by way of mortise and tenon joinery and the top is attached with wooden clips which fit into slots. See this preview of the plan and guide… Space The plan includes the SketchUp model, links to online resources and even ways to alter the table to make it your own. I consider this to be a beginner to intermediate project due to the simple dowel joinery, but the maker will also get more practice with mortise and tenon joinery and …

Arts and Crafts Side Table Woodworking Plan

Today I launch my sixteenth woodworking plan. This new plan, titled You Can Build the Gustave Side Table details the construction of a side table in a style which I call “Craftsman Lite”. The design blends basic elements found in Arts and Crafts furniture, but some of the classic A & C details are missing. Details like exposed joinery, ebony accents, the look of mass and bulk like what you see in Stickley furniture. My home is pretty traditional and something like a full-blown Greene and Greene style table wouldn’t fit the overall style of our home. But a more mild version of Arts and Crafts furniture would. And that is the goal with this design. And this plan will be the first in a long time to be a paid one. If I am going to continue to explore making higher quality plans, I am going to have to start making some money to help pay for the software upgrades I need. I still have fifteen free plans, but new plans going forward will …