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Design Matters: Look Beneath the Surface

Find valuable design lessons (and templates) in furniture ‘bones.’ By George R. Walker Pages 20-22 The average Jill might look at the little chest of drawers shown on this page and say, “What a nice furniture piece; it’s perfect for a nightstand. What kind of wood is that?” The average Joe might reply, “It’s tiger maple, and has...

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Honing in on Proportions

Small changes can make a big design difference – and help train your eye. By George R. Walker Pages 18-19 How do you dial in the proportions on a furniture design? I used to pose that question a lot. Perhaps what makes this puzzling is the fact that small differences can have a dramatic effect. The line...

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Design Matters: Design by Proportion

Simple adjustments in ratios can produce pleasing and functional results. By George R. Walker Pages 60-62 My wife, Barb, set a bag of groceries on the kitchen counter and said, “I saw a great work table – will you build me one?” On the surface it sounded like a simple request, but I’ve been down this road before....

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Design Matters: Sketching: It’s All in Your Mind

Try this exercise to unlock imagination. By George R. Walker Pages: 18-20 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. In the first century B.C.E., a military architect named Vitruvius captured the distinction between a designer’s mind and the minds of the rest of us. “For all men, not just architects, are capable of appreciating quality; but...

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Design Matters: Why Design?

Developing your skills is a journey of discovery. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now My brother and I gazed at a sunset from a rocky perch high atop Boulder Pass in Glacier National Park. A ball of orange slipped behind the jagged peaks way out there somewhere toward...

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Design Matters: Curve Appeal

Getting off the straight path can be liberating. By George R. Walker Pages: 22-23 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I can see it with my eyes shut: a curving stretch of highway snaking past Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Each twist in the road opens up a jaw-dropping vista of...

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Design Matters: Double-duty Dovetails

What's more important: Strength or Aesthetics? By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now One of the high points of the October 2010 Woodworking in America conference was the dueling dovetail session between Roy Underhill and Frank Klausz. The two squared off with saw and chisel in hand tackling the...

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Graduated Drawers

Two sets of dividers are all you need to achieve well-proportioned drawers. By George Walker Pages: 60-63 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now For centuries artists honed their craft by copying the works of the masters. The goal was not to become a copyist; instead the intense focus of exploring...