In an earlier post a few days ago, I told you to use only chalk and a pencil to do a layout. Now I will show why I suggested you do so.
By way of background, I must first explain that I used to worry about being able to design a piece. More accurately, I worried sick about not being able to design a piece properly. But then I started letting my eyes take over, trusting them, if you will, to draw pleasing curves. Below you see the results. Try it!
This is the first clamped fit of the cradle I am building. In this first photo I show the foot panel in place. Note that I did not cut to the original line I drew in chalk. Why? Because I chickened out!
However, I cut the foot panel about two inches above the chalk line. The chalk line is still in place, although I had to trace it from the faded line following machining of the edge at the band saw. Note the cut just above the chalk line:
I think the foot panel makes for a better design in this next photo — I simply removed the piece I cut earlier:
Although the shortened foot panel makes for a more pleasing form, I am still not completely happy. It still feels “chunky”; as a result, I will cut make the cut at the chalk line, to give it a more pleasing appearance.
In the next photo I show the head panel laying on the foot panel. I was interested in learning how close my eye captured free-hand the curvature I felt I wanted. I surprised myself, as the curve appears to be nearly identical to the curvature of the head panel! The proof:
I look forward to your comments. How do you:
- Approach the layout for a new piece?
- How do you draw curves so they appeal to the eye?
- Make changes if the results don’t please you?
- Make a decision to start over, because the form simply does not appeal to you?
— Al Navas