Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Panel Bed Design

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Last week I finished designing a bed for the guest room in our home.  This will be my fourth bed build, but the first time I’ve used panels in a bed.

My wife played a big part in the design and requested that the design have a low-profile footboard.  The footboard will be the same height and width as the side rails that join the footboad to the headboard. We also decided to not use a boxspring (like my last bed design) and will use slats to support the mattress directly.

For lumber I will use mahogany which was supposed to be purchased today, but snow put an end to a lumber run.



Sewing Box

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

I started designing a sewing box for my wife. The idea, so far, is for the spools to slide onto dowels and for the ‘spool assembly’ to slide forward from the lid to remove/replace the spools.  The trick will be to prevent the ‘spool assembly’ from sliding out as the lid is raised; this might require a locking mechanism of some type.

I’m going to use cherry for this project and box joints will hold the box together.



Is My Bench Ergonomic?

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

How do you find out if a virtual design (CAD) will ‘fit’ an actual person?  One way is to examine how a virtual person will interact with it.  I downloaded a person in a sitting-posture from the SketchUp library and placed him on my bench.  Now, I have a much better idea of how comfortable the bench will be before it’s finished.