The Woodworking Project Design Process

Over my 27 years of designing kit and plan woodworking projects for Klockit, I have had many of my family members, friends and fellow woodworkers ask me how I develop an idea for a project into a final design that is ready to build.

Although I am sure every woodworker has their own methods, I typically start with a visualization of what the item would look like, what type of wood the project should be made of, about what size it will be and what the special functions and features might be.  I then like to sketch out a scaled front view and side view elevation drawings that portray how the finished project will look.  Once I like the dimensional proportions of my front and side view elevation drawings, I like to do what is referred to as a centerline section view drawing. This is simply a view that cuts the width of the project in half and lets me view the inside so I can develop how I will construct and assemble the item.

Next comes the dimensioned detail drawings of each wood component and at least step by step assembly sequence illustrated sketches from which I can have the detail machine drawings of each individual drawn on CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and solid modeled into an assembled product. The beauty of having access to CAD Solid Modeling is that it will catch even the smallest dimensional or design error that would prevent parts from fitting together properly.

With all of the above design development work completed, it is now time to machine all of the individual wood components, assemble the finished project, apply wood finishes.

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