Friday, September 10, 2010

Beginning Woodworker Part 5 - Sketch and Drawing

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Here we are at Part 5 of the Beginning Woodworker and competing in the Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge.

We take to the Design process, stress the importance of sketching and discuss to bring; the manufacturing process and full scale drawing together.

The fact that most thinking should take place before machining is discussed.


toddclippinger said...

It is interesting to find out the design process for other people, especially for others of your caliber.

I definitely connected with what you were saying and I have a similar thought process. When I am drawing I am "constructing" it on paper. That is to say when I am sketching, my mind is running through the construction process.

My portfolio site, geared to potential clients, has a page titled "Design"where I share my actual process and philosophy on design.

I would be interested in your thoughts on, well, my thoughts and design process.

Torch02 said...

A tip for all you readers - when sketching in 3D, pick three surfaces that you will always draw. Usually they are the front, left, and top of the piece. Then when you are drawing each part, make sure you include the top, left and front of each surface.

Neil....a Furnitologist said...

Hey Todd and Steve thanks for commenting!!

Important notes:

1. if you want to see real cabinet shop photo's, follow Todd on twitter:

2. Torch02 is approaching his sketching correctly - think about the tip he provides, its coming from a guy with a furniture design goal of 52 sketched ideas in the year 2010. His pencil sketching keeps getting better and better. Check out - and have look.

Trying to go over everything in a 10 minute time frame (which I didn't make)won't touch on everything but hopefully the idea came out that pencil sketching is more important than the time it is given within the internet woodworking community. I noticed recently a solid internet woodworker who uses Sketch-up is beginning to see the importance of pencil sketching and mock-up prep before the sketch-up software.

What guys miss in the internet woodworking community is that they don't have to sketch like Joseph Columbo (he was an excellent design sketcher), you just have to communicate to yourself right now.

I hope that came across.


Rob Bois said...

Great post Neil, I am also working on a blog concept right now that will really challenge the heavy use of SketchUp. I think too often people start and end in Sketchup, and really limit their creativity (or worse, limit their designs to their SketchUp capability). I love the back to basics message here.

Neil....a Furnitologist said...

Hey Rob....couldn't agree with you more.

Your Quote: "I think too often people start and end in Sketchup, and really limit their creativity (or worse, limit their designs to their SketchUp capability)", is excellent.

There's a time and a place for both, but Sketch-up comes a bit later and at transitioning points will even cross-over with pencil sketching in the design process.

Also I see this understanding you mention of the design process as a step and an indication of woodworking growth and creative maturity, which for me anyway never ends.

Anonymous said...

Should be drawing not drawering, no? unless it's a pun, ;)

Neil....a Furnitologist said...

Anonymous......yep you are absolutely righ. I must have been drawing a drawer at the time.

Thanks......who are you anyway???

Fixing now......Neil

Vic Hubbard said...


I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to see you casting again!! You constantly introduce me to new thoughts and designers that give me additional repertoire to draw upon. I'm sure I can get where I want to go on my own, but it's nice to have a light to guide the way.

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