In no particular order...
(i) CONSISTENCY: Make sure your piece is consistent. Don't mix lots of materials. Keep your palette simple. Try to keep to the idea of your piece.
(ii) BALANCE: Ensure that the components of your piece are balanced in scale & proportion. For example a table with 100 mm thick legs and a 12 mm thick top will just look odd.
(iii) LONGEVITY: Design a piece for strength, longevity, and the worst case scenario. Imagine someone standing on your coffee table, or stepping on the bottom shelf of a cabinet to reach something. Use good joinery techniques, and quality materials.
(iv) ONE IDEA: Have one idea per piece. Try to stick to a style. It's very difficult to pull off a mid-century modern, rustic, traditional, minimalist dining table! What would that even look like?!
(v) SIMPLIFY: Simplify everything. Materials, components, ideas. Strip away anything that isn't needed until you have the purest piece possible.
(vi) EFFICIENCY: Design your piece to be made simply, quickly, and efficiently.
(vii) IGNORE: Ignore any or all of these principles and have fun! It's just woodworking. :)
Hi. I'm Dónal. I'm a furniture maker, carpenter, and woodworker. This blog is a way for me to share my work plus some of my thoughts on woodworking in general.
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