Apartment Dining Table Woodworking Plan #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by jeffbranch posted 11-02-2014 05:06 PM 2070 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am a woodworker who likes graphic design, page layout and typography. I have become pretty good with SketchUp and know Microsoft Publisher pretty well, so I began using the knowledge of these two programs to re-cap the construction of things I have built. Which lead to publically sharing woodworking plans. I have been designing and building furniture for more than 30 years, so I have a lot of projects to choose from for plan ideas.

My current woodworking plan which is in development features a small apartment dining table I designed and built more than 25 years ago. This table is still in use and has held up over the years very well. I always liked the design and thought it would also be a project which could help the beginning woodworker advance to a higher skill level. While I have sold woodworking plans in the past, I have made a decision to simply offer them for free going forward.

Here are some of the initial pages of the plan. I should have it completed in about a week or so…

I use a magazine style in landscape format.

I try to make these plans as good as I can. To that end, here are two screen grabs of previous versions of page seven, which I am not going to use…

I felt the image at the bottom right was redundant, which lead to this page…

I did not like all the whitespace in the lower right.

Most every page of the plan has gone through the same critical process for arriving at the final page design and text.

I am in the process of completing page 12 of this plan. Just something I have fun with; I’ll have more later.



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#1 posted 11-03-2014 04:08 AM

Nicely done, hope you influence the print mags!

-- Matt

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 12:24 PM

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 12:29 AM

Jeff, great idea. I also like sketchup but my write ups aren’t as nice as yours.

-- Stevo

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 12:47 AM

Thanks Stevo. I have SketchUp Pro, but at present, I think MS Publisher is a better tool for page layout and such.


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