Panels & Furniture Asia Mar/Apr 2018

March / April 2018 • Issue 2 • PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA 64 WOOD CLINIC Dear Mr Shim, We are trying to make interior fit-outs, mostly furniture and cabinets. They are usually pre-fabricated in the factory according to the customised designs. However, we always encounter problems; we can’t seem to communicate the drawings with the craftsmen. There are also complaints that the thin basswood veneer doesn’t stick well on the MDF. Can you advise on the above? Yours sincerely, Mr Wu Mr Shim (Shen Yuxin) COMMUNICATE BETTER WITH THE CRAFTSMEN T h e r e a r e ma n y r e a s o n s f o r communication failure between the craftsmen and designer. In general, the design blueprint shows how the completed interior space looks like— repletewith decorations and furnishings, the way you would see it as if looking through the pinhole of a camera. If you only communicate this perspective with the factory craftsmen, there will be difficulties with material prep, furniture specifications, structure and cost calculation. Talk to the chief interior designer or the person who came up with the blueprint. From there, draft out detailed construction drawings and use professional jargon to be more specific. This enables the craftsmen to carry out the work plan accordingly, thus meeting the designer’s requirements and completing the project on time. Some suggestions for specifying construction drawings: (I) Making construcƟon drawings 1. Construction drawings should be drawn to scale. The scale is generally Fig. I: Diagram of the television cabinet plan indicating length and width. based on the size of the interior area and furniture. For larger sized furniture such as cabinets or ceilings, the imperial scale of 1/8 "= 1 ' 0", 1/4 "= 1"-0 "or 3/8" = 1 "-0" and the metric scale of 1:100, 1:60, 1:50 are often applied. For smaller furniture such as dressers, tables and chairs, larger imperial scales, for example 1 "= 1 ' 0", 1.5 "= 1"-0 ", 3" = 1 '-0 ", and the metric scale of 1:10, 1:4 are applied. With the use of 1:1 or 1:2, detailed sketches can be understood more clearly, enabling workers to cut materials directly to the scale of 1:1. 2. D r aw i n g s s h o u l d b e ma d e according to the principle of projection, mainly: plans, front views, profiles, cutaway views, detailed sketches. When necessary, they should also contain local isometric drawings. - Plan: This is the overview of the furniture, drawn according to the principle of horizontal orthographic projection. For example, Fig. I indicates the length and width of a television cabinet. - Front view: This is drawn according to the length of the television cabinet with its height and legs Length Heigth