Want to make sure you get the most out of your sheet goods for a complicated project? Have a large multi-material project that you need to estimate the weight of prior to construction or transportation? This post outlines a few tools and resources you might find handy early in the planning stage.
“Wood movement” - or how wood expands and contracts in response to the environment - confuses a lot of folks, yet its a critical consideration in building solid wood furniture that will survive generations. This article consolidates a lot of disparate sources and calculators, providing both a foundational understanding of why wood moves, some detailed resources so that you can calculate how much movement to expect, and a few tips & tricks for how to design with movement in mind.
A few calculations upfront can help make sure your shelves (or coffee table) will stand up to loads of books - or stand up to you standing on it! This article outlines several key considerations and resources for wood furniture design, giving some tricks to strengthen a design that might be of borderline strength. And it also points to a few useful calculators - and how to use them - for metalwork as well.
Exploration of the capabilities - furniture design, easy generation of multiple drawing projections, rendering, machining - of modern CAD / CAM / CAE software package by a woodworker with an engineering degree and late 90s CAD education, but then missed out on most of the developments over the last twenty years until his introduction to Fusion 360.
In this post, I walk through the steps (and mishaps) in designing and building a veneered walnut-maple trapezoidal entryway shelf for a client. Hopefully, in reading about my journey, you’ll avoid some of my mistakes and challenges!