It seems Toolmonger reader Schnaars is a man cut from the same cloth as I am — we both use Photoshop for everything. In this case he used it to spec a chair that his Other Half saw in a catalog. We saw his story and had to post it.
I hate to pay for things that I’m pretty certain that I can build. This chair for example. My wife loves it, but it didn’t look too complicated to build. (I’m about 1/2 finished and I’ll post photos shortly)
I was able to get the general dimensions from the catalog, but wanted to get specifics like arm length, arm height and the height of the feet. Photoshop to the rescue.
I just dropped the photo of the chair into PShop, scaled it something easily divisible by the actual size (6″ = 36″) and then leveraged the guides to see where things really go.
If you don’t have PhotoShop, PowerPoint offers a similar feature.
Try it out
Try it out indeed, sir. After seeing it in the pool Bill Schuller, another regular to the site, helpfully suggested doing a similar breakdown with Google’s Sketchup program, which is just about as a good a method as you see here. We love to see this kind of stuff going down — hats off and beers up to you both.
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