I made a simplified version that captured the form without the glass. Check it out here:Getting Started - Design and SketchUp model
My youngest daughter asked for a computer desk for her 17th birthday. Well, it was last week so I'm already behind.
She wanted something that had Japanese influences. After looking at countless pictures over the past several months I was looking at a side table on Kevin Rodel's website and she saw it and immediately decided that was the look she wanted. The table is described as a "contemporary Asian inspired Arts and Crafts with roots in several old masters".
The site also has a desk with similar details that was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of my favorite styles.
She was sold on the idea. Meanwhile, I've been learning just enough SketchUp that I can draw up a 3D model and generate the necessary drawings to build the desk.
I must say I'm very happy with SketchUp. The basics were easy to learn, certainly easier than when I learned CAD. Part of the process of making the model is creating the joinery so it will all fit together. I was able to find and correct numerous little details that normally would get missed, only to cause problems in the shop. I was also able to adjust and correct details that didn't look right with a few clicks of the mouse rather than getting it built only to realize the proportions were off and the piece doesn't work. Lastly, I was able to show her what it would look like before I start building.
There are some tricky parts including the inset chamfered edge detail on the top and the rounded leg posts. I'm also going to make my first major foray into inlay (after I watch Kevin Rodel's videos).
Kevin Rodel - Thank you again and again for all of your helpful online writings and videos as well as some magnificent furniture designs.
Dimensions: 50×24x30, ebonized walnut, satin clear coat, with glass panels from my friend Alex at Glass Heritage that will be inspired by some more of Kevin Rodel's glass work.
I have a large stack of walnut planed and waiting for me to start. I'll be starting with the side lattice/grid, then move on to the legs, drawers, front and back panels, then the top.