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Category: Design

1:5 Scale Bench Prototype v 2.0

Posted on May 18th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. 2 comments

Earlier today I worked out a bench prototype from the previous version that I’m fairly happy with. The interior designer I’m working through for the client is also ready for me to start cutting some wood.

I’ve added two arm rests that pull from the heavy slab look and the 10 degree angle plays out on a variety of elements of this design. The other adjustment is on the side pieces, that lost a significant amount of mass on this version.

This 1:5 scale bench design (actually 1:4.5) is from some scrap cherry, but the final piece will be in sapele. Dimensions … Read More »

1:5 Scale Model Bench Design Concepts

Posted on May 15th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. No Comments

I admit, I’m a horrible sketch artist, particularly when it comes to furniture design concepts. And I’ve been lazy to actually take the time to learn Google Sketch-Up. Shame on me.¬†However, I have recently begun working on some 1:12 scale mock-ups for a commissioned bench project. I tend to work well with design concepts when I can touch and feel it.

The overall idea is to go with something that matches the customer’s preference for chunky, slab pieces, but not to make it look too heavy. I’ve got some pretty nice pieces of 10/4 and 6/4 ribbon sapele for the project, … Read More »

Cincinnati’s French Art Deco Spectacle

Posted on October 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Design, marketing & promotion. No Comments


It’s a little more than one week away from the Woodworking in America Conference here in town. Well, actually not in Cincinnati, but in Covington, KY. But that’s a different story. I definitely have furniture and design on the brain. I also have blogging and social media on my mind, so here is my first official WIA 2012 blog entry.

I got in a little early to a professional conference “Digital Non-Conference“, and had an opportunity to take some pictures before the crowds got big. The hotel this kicks off in is the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. ¬†Built in 1930, the … Read More »