So here’s the completed Book Rack; the first prototype. Actually, it was finished a while back. I’ve learned a lot about using the templates as well as my workflow. Successful experiment and modifications are dimple with this design.
So, being a computer nerd more than a woodworker, I made a model of the project in Trimble Sketchup to understand the project and be sure all the parts fit together correctly. Here’s an image of the model:
Arts & Crafts style Book Rack
Once I had the model completed I started making construction drawings in Trimble Layout; it’s included with my copy of Sketchup:
Construction Drawings Exploded View
Construction Drawings Dimensional View
Problem is, the construction drawings freaked me out a little bit. Blind dado joints used in conjunction with through, keyed tenons! Wow! I needed a way to make precision cuts without a CNC machine. I need a jig! Trouble is, it also requires a lot of precision to make jigs. So, summoning my computer nerdery, I headed to Ponoko and downloaded their Adobe Illustrator templates.
In Sketchup I exported the pieces I needed jigs for into .eps files so I could use them in Illustrator and upload them to Ponoko to have laser cut jigs made: