Creativity Step By Step Furniture Design
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Norman Reid's Greene & Greene pantry shelf build is in the August 2017 issue.By Norman Reid Design has always been one of my biggest challenges in woodworking.To be frank, I didn't know how to create my own designs.
I'm always amazed by the innovative designs of other woodworkers, but aside from copying, creating my own seemed beyond my capacity.How would I begin to create a vision? Where would I get ideas? And how might I create something that is coherent, makes sense, has 'style'? I faced this very challenge in building the Greene & Greene pantry shelf for the August 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking.
Not knowing how to start, I searched my library of woodworking books for something I could copy, my then-standard design methodology.I found one example that used retaining rods to hold cans on its shelves.
While I liked that feature, I otherwise thought the shelf lacking in style.Wanting something more, I decided to turn that design into something more to my taste.I started out with the functional requirements in mind: It needed shelves - about five seemed right, varied in height to fit different-sized cans and boxes.
I wanted retaining rods to keep the...