- 19 Dec 2015
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- Pershore, Worcester
They literally just want it left as edge exposed birch ply. Makes life easier for me at least! I'd have no idea what to do otherwise as I've only recently used my first bit of edge banding let alone trying to steam bend something.Thanks, I use a compressor in my shop but some paints call for airless, I don't always finish but some people want me to paint even if it's just skirting install so thought a portable might be useful. On your office design I did a similar set up for someone a while back. (I've yet to learn how to use cad, I'm envious!) what edging will you be using? I steam bent 5mm oak around the curved desk.
As far as using Sketchup or Fusion, I think a lot of pros don't bother, Peter above didn't and that London Craftsman also doesn't and he's banging out 50-60 units a year. There's a time element but also maybe also if you make it look right in the drawing and then something happens on the job that means it looks different, people might get picky. If you just do a simple 2D drawing with dimensions then its maybe less easy to picture how it should look, so its more difficult to complain that it doesn't exactly match! Not only that, if you know how to build it then you don't need to draw it up. I've built a workshop and a utility cupboard and a bed, I don't know how to build a giant built in bookcase so this helps me see it a bit better and try to see problems I might encounter.
My brother couldn't get on with Sketchup at all. He just wanted to draw some basic cabinets for his office as this isn't what he does. Once he tried fusion he was flying through. I do it partly for the fun of using the program. I get bored out of my backside at work so this is a way of stretching my grey matter a bit.
Cabinetry and woodwork isn't earning me any real money. The bed was the first thing I got paid for. While it would be nice to do a couple of thousand a month in built ins, for the short term its going to be more handyman type stuff while I learn and do more. I also get a little nepotism work for our holiday cottage business as I now deal with all of the maintainance jobs there and get paid for it. I've been doing TV for 18 years now and I'd very much like to not make it to 20!