All posts tagged: furniture

Terry B. Builds the Queen Size Bed

This is impressive work. Terry B. from California just completed a woodworking project based on the Queen Size Bed plan I have at Sawtooth Ideas. Terry’s project is impressive to me because he is still in his early days of woodworking. While the joinery in this bed isn’t especially difficult, the bed becomes a large project as completion nears. Large projects, even those with basic joinery, often present some difficulty simply due to their size. Terry took a sizable project and successfully completed it. Lets take a look at some photos… Terry has been woodworking for just 14 months. He gains inspiration for projects by scanning woodworking magazines and browsing on the internet. His woodworking is 90% power tool and 10% hand tool (about like me). I asked him about his favorite tool; Terry’s reply: “My favorite shop tool is my table saw basically because I have respect for it. I recognize and appreciate all the benefits of using it and understand the bodily injuries it could inflict on me if I become careless when …

Creating a Woodworking Plan, Part 4: Bringing a Plan to Life

While the part of a woodworking plan I dread the most is the cut list, the part of the plan which is by far the most work is creating the illustrations. I make extensive use of illustrations in woodworking plans for two main reasons: 1) in general, I don’t like the photos I take, and 2) I think I can communicate more information in a better way with illustrations. By the way, see part 1 of this series here, part 2 here, and part 3 here. Page Layout A typical page of a project plan may have as many as four illustrations. Most have three and with the queen size bed plan I am updating, there is one which has no illustrations at all (the cut list page). I like to create visual interest by changing up the page layout as a project progresses. I do this mainly by changing the number of illustrations per page. I often use a grid structure for text and illustrations (see more on the benefits of using grids here – Google it …

Creating a Woodworking Plan, Part 3: the Cut List

To recap where we have been so far, the first installment in this series discusses the updates to the queen size bed SketchUp model (see it here). In part two, we discussed some of the creative aspects of the plan: the various formats and a little bit about graphic design and the set-up story for the plan (see it here). Once I get the initial introductory story completed, the next thing to work on is the cut list, which to me is the most dreadful part of the plan. Why? It is one of the most important elements of a woodworking plan and it is the part which I always have trouble with. Do you need a cut list? Fine Woodworking magazine regularly receives emails asking why they don’t include cut lists with the projects they feature. There is a very interesting blog post at FWW.com with a lively comment thread on the subject. Matt Kenney was brave enough to write the blog post which boldly proclaims “cut lists are a waste of space.” He …