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ShopNotes Podcast E029 -- Design & Inspiration -- The Lost Episode

By: Phil Huber
Two Woodsmith designers reveal their design process for furniture projects.

NOTE: The recording of this episode was lost in the cloud. But here are some of the things we talked about and wish we could share with you.

On this episode of the podcast, Dillon and John talk design essentials. They discuss inspiration and the team process of design at Woodsmith. Three key points are adaptation, translation, and visual cues — especially when it comes to working within an established style.

A recent dining table project by John Doyle: Farmhouse table Dillon's Georgian-inspired waterfall bookcase Waterfall Bookcase

Even graphic novels can inspire project ideas Nameless City graphic novels Graphic novel kitchen

As a practical design challenge, we discussed essential furniture that a woodworking parent or grandparent would want to build for kids who are off to college, setting up in a first apartment, or a shared house.

Here's our short list: Small table for eating or officing End table Storage chest/trunk Bookcase Desk Small dresser

What would you add?

John is building props for a Carpenters Toolbox for the TV show. Carpenter Toolbox In the process, he's making a box joint jig from ShopNotes magazine. Box joint jig

Dillon built a tool chest that was part of a cancelled Weekend Shop Class. tool chest Tool chest open After construction, he sprayed it with an Earlex HV5500 system. The paint color is Blue Moon from General Finishes Milk Paint line.

Phil is nearing the finish line on his shoulder plane. Phil's Shoulder Plans

Published: July, 29 2020
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