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The Modern Kitchen Cupboard – The Making of Page 26

When I begin creating a new woodworking plan, each page usually goes through an exhaustive multi-step process before I call it finished and begin thinking about the next page. This is the reason a single plan can take two or three months to complete. For my current plan, You Can Build a Modern Kitchen Cupboard, I’m in my third month; but it will soon be finished. I try to make each page look different which means each page is a new page layout exercise. Exercise is a good way to describe the process because I normally make multiple changes to a page design as the page comes to life. Key among the decisions I make are those impacting the ability of the reader to easily understand the construction process described. Take page 26 of You Can Make a Modern Kitchen Cupboard for example. Since I am on vacation in the mountains of North Carolina (see the awesome image above – Craggy Gardens along the Blue Ridge Parkway), I have committed some of my free time …

Making an Exploded View Using SketchUp

When I open the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, not only do I look at the various articles and their authors, I also pay attention to the illustrations and who created them. A typical issue of FWW will utilize illustrations from a number of artists; my favorite being John Hartman. He is a true illustrator. For my woodworking plans, I simply use SketchUp and a little bit of Photoshop. I’m not an illustrator; John Hartman is. His work in Fine Woodworking is what I use as inspiration for the images you see in my plans (check out John’s website for more of his work). As an online member at Fine Woodworking.com, I can search for just about any article from the library of past Fine Woodworking issues. When looking for inspiration for my upcoming woodworking plan, I searched for Matt Kenney’s updated Enfield cupboard (see the article here, membership required). It is somewhat similar in shape to my kitchen cupboard design, so when contemplating how to make the exploded view, I looked at the illustration …

Designing the Modern Kitchen Cupboard

I am in the early stages of a new woodworking plan. I continue to explore easy ways to make durable, stylish furniture which does not rely on pocket screws for primary joinery. I don’t mind using pocket screws, in fact my last woodworking plan calls for 26 pocket screws to be used during construction. I just think that there is more gained by learning to use as much wood-to-wood joinery as possible. Past woodworking plans feature dado and dowel joinery. With the right jigs, these two joinery methods are easy to execute, but a truly successful dowel joint relies on precise placement of a dowel jig. With the upcoming woodworking plan, I am going to include mortise and tenon joinery in place of dowels. With the use of a chisel and/or hand plane, a tenon can be made to perfectly fit a mortise. In my future woodworking projects, I’ll be using mortise and tenon joints in place of dowels. Rustic furniture is still trendy. I recently saw in the pages of Architectural Digest, a fashionable …