Furniture Drawing Styles – Old vs. New

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July 27th, 2015 in blogs

;m continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It’s hard to imagine how they were able to get so much information onto one sheet of paper.

So I attempted a SketchUp and Layout version of an old-style drawing by Russell Hawes Kettell in his book “The Pine Furniture of Early New England”. This book was first published in the late 1920’s.

The example I used was this Small Six Board Chest.

By the way, I think this is a good practice piece for SketchUp beginners. It provides experience in important fundemental SketchUp procedures – such as, building simple components, connecting and flipping components with basic joinery, making a molded edge, practicing guideline use with the Tape Measure, and simple Arc Tool application for shaping the Ends.

His drawing of the chest was indeed illustrated on one page of the book and it included:
1. An orthographic dimensioned front and end view
2. A Material or CutList
3. A partial Exploded isometric view
4. A Scale bar to show the sizing of the orthographic views
5. And one section view of the molding treatment on the chest’s Top

Here’s my replication of his drawing using Layout to arrange the various Scenes on one sheet of paper.


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