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I would like some critique on my design so far. This is going to be the base unit of my cabinet design for an entire wall unit. My initial design goal with this is just to get the drawer height set and comfortable with that. I have tried to add the faceframe elements, but am having trouble deciding on a method to attack that. I am probably over thinking it.



This is the initial unit layout for the Wall. Like I said above I am working on the base units for now, which will house drawers. The top units will probably have shelves, but could have more drawers…The center square is the bed

Please let me know what you think, and those who are able please feel free to comment or give me some pointers of my Sketchup model.
It is not possible to provide a full design critique for a project that is in such an early stage of development. So instead I offer the following design questions for your consideration:

Is the back panel that projects above the various parts suppose to act as a datum for the rest of the unit and if so should it also project beyond the sides? Also, why does it have a thickness beyond a 3/4" material thickness?

With bed set at the same height as the lower parts of the wall unit, how will the bedding and the base of the bed work with the rest of the design?

As currently massed the whole unit reads as twin units flanking a bed with a 'bridge' sandwiched between the twins. Is this the reading you desire? There are other massings that could be used. For example one alternate could have the 'bridge' spanning the entire distance across the unit. Another could be a 'post and beam' where the 'bridge' is extended so that it is wider than the bed and rests on a ledge in each of twin units.

Is the height between the top of the bed and the bottom of the 'bridge' enough to allow someone to sit up in bed? Does the height and the projection of the 'bridge' pose any head clearance problems when getting in and out of bed?

Is lighting to be integrated into the design?

Where does things like the alarm clock go and will you be able to see it (and hit the snooze button) without having to actually move?

Good luck as you move forward with the project.
 

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DrawerBase Design

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I would like some critique on my design so far. This is going to be the base unit of my cabinet design for an entire wall unit. My initial design goal with this is just to get the drawer height set and comfortable with that. I have tried to add the faceframe elements, but am having trouble deciding on a method to attack that. I am probably over thinking it.



This is the initial unit layout for the Wall. Like I said above I am working on the base units for now, which will house drawers. The top units will probably have shelves, but could have more drawers…The center square is the bed

Please let me know what you think, and those who are able please feel free to comment or give me some pointers of my Sketchup model.
As you move forward in the development of the design below are some questions that might help you determine the (sometime) dreaded question 'what should it to look like'.

Aesthetic questions
Do you want the design to follow a particular style?
Do you already have (or own) a precedent that you want to follow?
Does the basic design suggest or eliminate a style(s)?

Skills/technique questions
Do you want (need) the construction of the design to use your current set of skills and/or tools?
Do you want to use the design to develop new skills?
Does the amount of time (or schedule) you have limit your choice of designs?
How does the budget effect the design?

Of course answering these questions won't produce a design but it might help you focus on what direction to take. Good Luck.
 

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Lingerie Chest - Starting Design

Well this is just a short post. I have started the design for the lingerie chest. Here is its picture:



I used a really neat technique from an article in popular woodworking. It allowed me to do most of the figuring and layout in sketchup once I figured out some of the minor math behind it(i dont have the dividers) If you want to know how I did it let me know….i Think it turned out really nice…

now I just have to design the drawerboxes and the fronts…of course all this is subject to change due to management considerations….

forgot to add I did some looking around to try and find some different dimensions for the layout…

I finally went with about 52×20x18
Just an FYI
There is almost always more than one way to skin a cat (so to speak) George Walker article demonstrates one method (which I find a bit tedious but still produces a fine result) here is another (also known as the square root of 2 in architectural circles):

HAMBRIDGE PROGRESSION
(i.e. calculating graduated drawer heights)
1. Make square A • A (A = drawer width)
2. Strike arc from square A • A's diagonal
3. Draw horizontal line from intersection of arc and vertical line
Note: You cannot pre-select the total height of all drawers. Final height of the drawers is a function of the number of drawers and drawer width.
Formulas



There is also this wed page that will do the calculations for Hambridge as well as links for calculating an Arithmetic progression and Geometric progression.
 
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