Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #2: Tweaking the side panels for better flow

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 05-18-2016 02:11 PM 1179 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Basic design layout Part 2 of Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design series Part 3: Adding joinery to the Sketchup model »

So taking the input from the first post, I went back and looked at the piece again. This is where I really like sketchup as a design tool. Being able to rotate and spin the piece let’s you get a real feel for the flow from the sides to the front, etc that you wouldn’t get with a more traditional 2D layout approach.

So I spent some time looking at the rack with eye level being about the middle of the piece, trying to see how I felt about the flow from side to front and then again with eye level set about 3 feet above the piece to see how a person would see it if they were standing next to it.

When you take this approach, the comments from guys in the first post really start top make a lot of sense. So I did several things, all basically intended to smooth the flow from the sides to the front in the oblique view. First was to narrow the lower rail on the sides to 2 1/2” to match the height of the rail on the front. The second thing was to widen the cloud lifts on the lower rail and the matching lift on the upper rail to something more pleasing to the eye. The third thing was to increase the thickness of the front upper rail by 1/2” to match the top side rail thickness. Now the lines of the rails flow around the piece all at even levels. Just a more harmonious look.

The next step will be starting to flesh out the joinery. Which if you’re using Sketchup and going for mortise and tenon, creating these in sketchup is a very straightforward process which I’ll do an example in the next post.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 04:28 PM

Hi Mike,

I think you have nailed it. It will be fun to watch this piece come to life.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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