I've gotten started on my next project - a walnut writing desk. This piece is a bit unique in that it will have tapered cabriole legs, as well as a curved crescent front and drawers. My intent with this piece is to put more emphasis on design, and challenge myself in a few new areas (a curved front will introduce some interesting challenges). While a Woodworking in America session convinced me not to give up entirely on SketchUp as a design tool, I have changed what role it plays in my process. In short, I don't believe it can replace hand sketching or building of a prototype in the design process. That being said, you can find my 3D model in the SketchUp warehouse. Aaron from Garage Shop had a great blog post about "Sketchup Abuse" that I think is a good read. I'd also love to get other peoples' thoughts the role of SketchUp in design.
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