Of course, not all of my projects require prototypes: its usually pretty to imagine the desired end result and the steps that it'll take to get there, so I'm all about the path of least resistance in these cases. Sometimes, though, a prototype is invaluable. For furniture in particular, I've found that building prototypes can help me to:
-think of new possibilities that I never would've thought of otherwise
-save money by making my mistakes on the cheap materials instead of the good stuff
-refine a design by constructing a number of variations that I can compare
-adjust the measurements, proportions, angles, and curves that came from my original sketches
-develop designs (especially chairs) that are truly comfortable to sit on
-demonstrate my vision and skill to my clients during the design/fabrication process
And since a picture is worth a thousand words, the following photos will demonstrate some of the ways that I use prototypes on a regular basis:
|I find prototypes to be essential for|
new chair designs. Comfort rules!
|When building a set of pieces, it is really|
helpful to see how they'll look together.
|I keep joinery super simple on prototypes- screws and Dominos |
usually do the trick.
|I made several different variations on this chair back. This|
one had a cutout, which I ultimately rejected.
|Once I like the look and feel of a prototype,|
I take measurements from it so I can build
the finished piece. I don't worry about
knowing the angles early on in the process
but it matters later on.
|Here's a close cousin of the prototype: the|
actual size templates that I used to make
the finished chairs. I started with a
prototype, then traced the side to
make these patterns.
|And lest I forget... sometimes a full-scale|
drawing really helps. You can see that
I was working on the transitions here.