Over the past several years I have accumulated quite a few design drawings. Some of the early ones are pretty rough and over the years I have been playing with the style that I use. Dabbling with color and trying to find a combination of CAD and handwork that I liked the look of.
All of this experimenting has left me with a pile of disjointed looking drawings. So project number one is to rework all of my existing drawings into a coherent look and format. Not a small task for sure. There are over seventy drawings that will need attention. This works out, to my best estimate, to be in the neighborhood of a couple hundred hours of work. Like I said, no small task. Some of these drawings go back to 2011 and have not been presented here on the blog as of yet. So expect to see a few oldies, but goodies show up here over the next few months.
So why bother? Mostly for my own personal satisfaction, but I really want to print and bind them into book form. I never use the originals as working drawings. When I begin a project I currently have to search the computer files and print out the drawing that I want. Usually on cheap copy paper and then throw it away after the project is complete, if it even makes it that far. So I decent, bound working copy of my drawings is high on the list. Then there is the possibility that some you or some future person might find them useful and it would be nice to have them present uniformly. If everything goes smoothly, I want to put together a “fancy” version with full-size prints.
Since it is highly unlikely that any publishing company will be wanting to publish my collected works, I’ll be tackling that on my own. To that end, I have begun researching Japanese bookbinding techniques. The technique is actually quite simple, but that simplicity means that the components and execution must be spot on.
If you want a quick way to lose you mind, start researching paper sizes, weights and finishes. Then lump in printing options. If you want to make it really fun, try wrapping your head around the Japanese paper variations. Luckily I have plenty of time to sort that out while I’m working on the new drawings.
I’ll leave you with an updated version on my mortise gauge design.