STL180: Designing Without Drawing – FineWoodworking

Question 1:

From Cameron:
I’m thinking of making a bench inspired by Mark Edmundson’s “Modern Danish Cord Bench” from issue #194-Nov/Dec 2007. I’m want to stretch the width to 6’ to use at my 7’ table.  Will the front and rear rails be enough to support 4 well fed adults or will I have a hilarious story to tell for the next 30 year about the thanksgiving collapse of 2019?

Question 2:

From Mark:
I saw a video where Matt Wajda drew a tool chest, full scale by hand.  Is this a common method? I draw Architecture for a living, I am tired of drawing.  I’m not interested in SketchUp, I already spend way too much time with AutoCAD. Woodworking is my release. I completely understand that you can work issues out on paper long before you even touch a board.  I am curious about designing without drawing. Does anyone you know use a design process that does not involve drawing?

Segment: Shop Resolutions

  • Mike – Learn a new skill this year
  • Anissa – Draw every day
  • Ben – Finish working on his shop, and start working in his shop… by May


Question 3:

From Andy:
Any idea how to go about achieving the finish in the attached image? I’ve never seen a finish like this one that’s pretty vibrant, yet maintains the appearance of the grain. Is it just a watered down paint?

  • Real Milk Paint’s Color Chart – https://www.realmilkpaint.com/help/resources/color-mixing/
  • Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Color Chart – http://www.milkpaint.com/color.html

Question 4:

From Bob:
I have some Japanese chisels that I’m starting to use.  About 3/16” behind the edge of the blade is a cove. When you grind back to that cove, the back will no longer be flat.  Do you have to toss the chisel out at that point?


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