Make A Small Scale Model Out Of Wood
by Anne Lewis
Make a small scale model out of wood. Make crude full size mockups A scale model, even built as accurately as full sized work, is only so effective for predicting the qualities of a fully built piece of furniture. It's like looking at a tiny paint chip and trying to imagine what a whole room would be like painted in that color. It's hard to appreciate how a big piece of furniture will change the entire feeling of a room, and whether it will clash or harmonize with the room's colors and other furnishings.
One quick way to avoid surprises is to make a very crude full size representation of the piece and look at it, at its final location. This mockup doesn't have to be exact; it can be nothing more than a big piece of paper or cardboard cut out to the approximate shape of the finished piece (painted, if necessary). Tacking this up in the room where the piece is intended to go will give you a pretty good idea how that piece will interact with the rest of the room.
Furniture that must accommodate the human body will require more extensive modeling. Crudely built full-size chairs, benches and desks can give the future user a chance to try the piece and give the builder an opportunity to refine dimensions ahead of final construction. Build such models from cheap plywood fastened together with dry
wall screws, so the components can be reworked, repositioned or replaced as the design is refined to suit the user.
Model selectively Another way to use simple, full scale modeling is during the construction phase itself. Let's say you are building a sideboard. Once the basic carcass is assembled, you can cut out full size cardboard parts to represent components such as legs or drawer fronts to check their look before making them.
This is also a good way to evaluate decorative details, such as carved plaques or contour cut borders, both for suitable appearance and mounting position on the carcase.
Selective modeling is also useful for mocking up tricky joints and connections to make sure they're going to work. Mocking up the parts of a joint allows you to develop a sense of how the assembly is going to go and will let you experiment with the order of gluing up parts (subassemblies).
And you'll also get a great picture of how the finished joint will look, an important consideration if the joint is in a prominent location, such as the corners of a Parsons table or the connection between shelves and their supports. After mocking up a joint, you may decide to reduce the dimensions of the final joinery to make it look less heavy. Or, you might anticipate the need to make. So Make a small scale model out of wood. Carpentrypages.com is number 1