Synopsis: Earlier than a slicing instrument makes contact with wooden, Mike Korsak figures out precisely how his furnishings will go collectively. More often than not, he does this the old school method—with pencil and paper, making full-scale drawings. He additionally makes use of CAD software program when the event calls for. From tape measure to protractor to drawing paper, right here’s a rundown of the instruments and methods he makes use of to draft his furnishings designs.
The entire woodworking, carpentry, and timber-framing jobs I’ve held have bolstered the worth of figuring one thing out first on paper (or with a pc) earlier than any slicing or constructing occurred. After I designed timber-frame constructions, design work was executed with a pc, utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) software program. With CAD, I constructed 3-D fashions of every body I labored on, and these fashions would come with each joint, fastener, connector, and so on. In essence, these buildings had been constructed twice—the primary time in CAD, the second time in actual life. This method eradicated loads of potential constructing errors on the design stage, the place they may very well be resolved earlier than they turned a significant drawback on the job website.
In my work as a furnishings maker, I nonetheless subscribe to constructing it twice, though I do it totally on paper, not in CAD. I’d nonetheless a lot fairly determine how issues ought to go collectively (or not!) earlier than I begin slicing any wooden, versus discovering a design mistake throughout the construct itself. To perform this, I typically design furnishings by drafting full-scale drawings utilizing pencil and paper.
When drafting by hand I exploit the identical instruments and methods that I used to be taught again in highschool (many thanks, Mr. Miller). And since these drawings are full scale, I draw all the furnishings elements at their last dimension. This implies my drafting instrument equipment must accommodate workpieces, curves, and particulars massive and small. My equipment’s neither massive nor costly, however it additionally doesn’t hinder my designs regardless of their complexity.
Moveable, adaptable drafting station
As a lot as I’d like to have a devoted drafting desk, house is proscribed in my store. However full-size drawings are essential to my course of, so I discovered an answer: MDF laid on my workbench. I typically have it in my store in varied sizes, so I choose a chunk that corresponds to the scale of the drawing. MDF has a really easy floor, so there’s no probability of a pencil veering off beam like it could within the open grain of plywood or stable wooden. One fringe of the MDF must be true and flat for a T-square to register in opposition to.
From High-quality Woodworking #290
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