I finished up the web site details on my latest project: a slightly
embelished, Mission-Style Entertainment Center/Curio Cabinet.
Here it is if you are interested:
One of my complaintes about woodworking, or I guess woodworkers
specifically, is that too many people are way too dependent on plans. Don't
interpret this the wrong way. I think plans are a great learning tool in
woodworking. I have built several things from plans in the past and I often
study plans intently to get design and construction ideas, and then apply
these to different projects. I also sell plans. However, there are certain
times when you need to build something that has dimensions or a layout that
plans just don't exist for. Unfortunately, I think getting too dependent on
plans tends to stifle ones creativity.
I have decided to try to help people by putting more details on the design
of our projects on my website. I started this a few years back with a
detailed description of the rocking chair we designed
(http://the-wildings.com/shop/furniture/rocker /), but haven't provided much
detail since. I am going to try to put more effort into this as I develop
new projects going forward.
On this current project, I discuss some of the contraints and the thought
process we went through during the design phase. I also show some of the
jigs we developed to do the automated carvings. I haven't spent too much
time discussing routine stuff, like edging plywood, etc. If people find this
more basic stuff useful, I can focus more on that in the future as well.
So, if you are a relatively new woodworker that tends to work mostly from
plans, I challenge you to try your hand at design. It is not all that
difficult, and for me at least, it is kind of fun. The satisfaction you get
when the piece is complete is even more as well.And if you have tried it and
things didn't turn out quite as well as you like, then keep trying. Design
ability, like all things in woodworking, gets better with practice.
I'd be interested in other people's thoughts. Also feel free to contact me
if you have any questions about the project, or want any further details.
Joe in Denver
My Woodworking Website: