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I admire the leaning shelves on your blog and love the PHdesk! I was trying to comment on the blog post but it wouldn't allow it (said 403 forbidden) - that desk is a little beauty and proven itself out in the real world, so what more could be asked of it? Superb work.A link or a book I've often searched for. The creative environment of a design college and teaching furniture design to creative students is what inspired my pursuit for original joinery solutions. I have my own shop full of tools including a couple small CNCs to experiment with. I often was challenged to solve the impossible and would come home to sleep on the challenge. Usually early the next morning I'd have an idea to test out before meeting my classes that day. I'd bring my sample solution(s) in to show the students. I retired at the end of the Spring semester last year and my blog has become my repository for the repeatable useful ideas. There might be a book in there among the posts. The solutions that were unique to a specific project left the building when the student graduated. My "Process" evolved from a natural engineering/architecture aptitude, mechanical drafting courses taken in high school, a couple of design degrees and 4 decades of that creative interaction with students and other faculty. Our Workshop 2 furniture class project was to design something that could be compressed down to 1/3 of its assembled volume for storage or shipping. The knock-down ideas came from teaching those classes. Using a CNC it easy to create a pocket to embed a square nut in. Machine screws/bolts are the best repeatable strategy for assembling furniture that you want to disassemble later. The better looking furniture connection bolts out there make this potentially an attractive detail.
I might give it a go,(or something very much like it) any tips before I start?
I think you have a book's worth within that blog, without doubt, I'd buy it.
I'm part way through the audiobook 'Shop Class as SoulCraft' by Matthew B Crawford, and part of the appeal is his reference to his teaching design in college.