The Value of Prototyping

Some of my recent designs have involved complex angled joinery, such as the base of this table inspired by a sketch by Vic Hubbard.  I was having a hard time visualizing in my head how the joinery would work, so I built a prototype to help me understand.

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Since it’s only a prototype to explore the mechanics of the base, I didn’t bother to make the top with the fancy joinery where one V penetrates the edges.  The base was made from two Vs joined with cross laps for a strong connection.  For the top I chose a piece of cherry that tapered in width, to match the footprint of the base and I secured it with dowels.

This is the twelfth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.


As a table it works, but not very well.  However, I now know how to improve the next one.

You can see more pictures and read details of this table here.

5 thoughts on “The Value of Prototyping

  1. Chris the first thing I saw, and what triggered in my brain…. was an ironing board. Not sure this triangle thang works for me. But since it is a prototype, I am sure you will make it more interesting…

    1. Morgan,

      You’re not the only one who sees an ironing board. I like the base and I wonder how much an effect changing the top would have on the perception of the base.


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