I was hoping to have a great post revealing my latest masterpiece, but instead it has turned into a peak into my design process. It is constantly changing, but here is a preview of some of the steps I take to build furniture.
I love looking at things. Anything. I love to see how they work. Not just furniture, anything. This is how I spend my time, when Kara drags me through every single Anthropologie in every city we visit.
Eventually I will find something that makes me think of a piece of furniture. The table that I have been wanting to build for the longest time was inspired by a ball point pen.
I am not the best at sketching. I really like straight lines, so I like drafting, but hate sketching. So my next step is either drafting ideas, or here lately I have been using Google Sketchup to work on ideas. It is free, it is pretty intuitive, and it is 3D so you can see your work from a bunch of different angles. Here are some examples of things I have done and hope to build eventually.
As great as Sketchup is, there just isn't any substitute for seeing things in real life. Sometimes I will do mock ups with Cardboard just to see proportions and sometimes I get impatient and just start ordering materials. Unfortunately that is what happened with this next piece. There are a few things I like about it, but not many.
Even though I don't like it and won't keep it as is, I like to focus on the positives. I like the four different types of joints at the corners. I like the transparent top. I like the texture of the steel.
Feel free to comment on any of the aspects you do like. There are plenty of things I don't like about it so if you try to add any I will delete the comment or just follow you back to your blog and find something to criticize- better hope there is something on there besides pictures of your kids. (Kara- In case your sarcasm meter is working today, he is kidding)
I would like to end with showing you something I made recently that I did like. I made a new top for the stool/side table.
Before, the top was made from a piece of oak wood. Now it is made from a cross section of a stump. Kara really loves the change and I am happy with it as well.