Dialing in the details of a design
In our first master class episode, Tom McLaughlin demonstrates how he fine-tunes a design with sketches and mockups.
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A lot of people struggle with design, and with good reason–you don’t get to do it very often. If you’re like most, you probably build between two and five projects a year, and you might design half of them. It’s difficult to hone a skillset you only use a few times a year. That’s why many woodworkers borrow from designs that they already like. In this episode of Master Class, you’ll see how Tom McLaughlin borrows from two pieces–a Shaker classic from a book, and a dresser from his mentor’s sketchbook. Tom’s projects start with an idea, basic dimensions, and a picture, before heading to the sketchboard and eventually full-size mockups. So next time you’re struggling with a design, start with an established one that you like, and make it your own.
Master Class with Tom McLaughlin is brought to you by Lee Valley.
Lumber provided by Goosebay Lumber
Extra: Tom looks through the sketch notebook of his mentor, Pug Moore
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