Creating a design is my favorite part of any DIY project. As much as I enjoy working with wood, and the satisfaction of building something useful, it is the desire to see my design come to life that keeps me motivated. In fact, I often have to push myself to complete the finishing work on a project, since I loose some of that excitement after I can see whether or not the design will work.
Since I haven’t built anything recently that is interesting enough to share, I want to ask readers of this site what they would like to see designed. Suggest an interesting idea, and I’ll write up a plan, draw it in SketchUp, and post it here on the site, all for free.
To be clear, I’m not promising to draw up every idea that is suggested. I’m looking for unique and interesting projects that are different than the many plans already available all across the web.
What makes a project unique and interesting?
- an unusual feature, such as a piece that folds for storage, or expands for additional uses
- a specific theme for an otherwise generic piece, that adds physical design elements (more than paint)
- some kind of complexity that makes it hard to figure out
- something that just isn’t available from any retailer
I’m also willing to draw up generalized custom plans. If you are planning new cabinetry, and trying to figure out how to fit stock cabinet dimensions into your awkward space, you can send me a sketch with dimensions and a description of what you want. Or if you’re looking at a home remodel that will move some walls, and can’t see how to fit everything in, I’ll consider drawing up an idea for that. (Note: I refer to these as “generalized custom” plans because they will not have the detail of architectural plans.)
Any plans I create will be available on this site, and I have opened up comments on the plans in the hope that anyone that builds them will share pictures of their work.
What would you like to see designed?