Learning to design

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Blog series by mtkate updated 01-24-2010 06:32 PM 5 parts 12211 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: My first sketchup plan - tea anyone?

09-27-2009 02:28 AM by mtkate | 3 comments »

I was looking around my workshop very early this morning trying to figure out what I was going to do… and hit myself over the head many times for keeping all sorts of small pieces of wood. I decided I would go back through the things I favorited, and see if there was something that will help to use the wood. I linked up to Rah’s “Tea, anyone?” project from last xmas: and decided that would be the project. As I started to dr...

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Part 2: Pine may simply not be the right material to test small designs + jig frustrations

09-29-2009 02:52 AM by mtkate | 3 comments »

I started to test my design that I sketched up. I am thinking I may have done better to make the mock-up in plywood. I probably don’t have a very gentle touch… the pine cracked when I tried to make my first finger joint. Now I have to wait another day as I glue it back together. I made a couple of modifications already. I realized the box was 11cm by 9.9cm. Why 9.9? Because I did not pay attention in the sketch. I fixed it to 10. No need to have to be precise to a millime...

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Part 3: Next sketchup version - thanks DaveR!!!

10-01-2009 01:36 PM by mtkate | 11 comments »

Dave’s suggestions from my very first post on this gave me great ideas – and simply trying to replicate what he did was a fantastic learning experience. You can click on the image to get the whole thing. I was able to play with sketchup on my commute to work back and forth yesterday, and woke up early this AM to fix some errors I made. The key to success was making groups which I wasn’t doing before. I was very pleased when all the pieces finally fit together. M...

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Part 4: The ulterior motive for learning sketchup - aka what some women really want

10-14-2009 03:12 AM by mtkate | 9 comments »

So, naturally I did not start playing with sketchup simply to make a small tea box. I started playing with it to be sure I could make use of it… and use it to work out the design to something much larger that would hold the tea boxes. That would be a bigger kitchen ;) This is really helping me to work out tons of design issues well before starting the cutting. I have done it in a previous life by cutting out scale model pieces in graph paper (remember those days???) but this is fa...

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Part 5: Kitchen - wall of cabinets - approved design

01-24-2010 06:32 PM by mtkate | 2 comments »

Finally, I have an approved design to proceed. The ghost image in the foreground is where my island will be after I knock out the walls between the galley kitchen and the room next to it. The big gray thing on the right is my fridge (it will stay there). The square on the right hand wall is a window that I cannot move without LARGE expenses – so it’s going to stay. I added translucent glass to see what the arrangement will look like. The interior shelving is sized to ho...

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