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    Literature on Making a Story Stick

    Where can I learn how to make one of these suckers? My need is especially important because I am so totally awful at drawing anything.

    When I sketch plans for - say - workbenches with drawers along the walls of my shop, I can't even progress to the stage of creating a cutlist.

    The books I have ( and I have a lot) just skirt over the subject of Story Sticks.

    Thanks,

    Gary Curtis

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    Gary,

    http://www.huntfamily.com/metz/storystick.htm

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Articles/Ar...eId=289&page=1

    http://books.google.com/books?id=wqg...20wood&f=false

    http://www.newwoodworker.com/turning/trnlegs.html

    there's not much out there because there's not much to making one. You'll find lots more about *why* to use one than how to make one...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    I don't know that a story stick is gonna help you with drawing or replace the ?need? of sketching out a project, and they likely won't help you with figuring out a cut list.

    What they do help you with is transferring measurements for duplicating dimensions of pieces or for making a duplicate of an entire project.
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    Oh! a story stick. I thought you were talking about how to make a story stick. Now, I've got it.
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    Never heard about them until now, it caught my interest inmediately, thanks for asking, and thanks to Bill Lantry for the links
    Best regards,
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    For me, story sticks are a massive pain in the rear. Unless it is something super compicated, like recently I had to build a cabinet that fit into three holes in a wall. Its just for when I'm concerned about jumbling too many numbers.

    Learning to do this stuff in your head on the fly is a really important skill to have. It makes you faster, and more familiar with all of the numbers that are needed.

    Say you have a 84" base cabinet, with three evenly sized openings at 26" and all of the stiles are 1-1/2". Finished end on the left, unfinished on the right.
    If you're using 3/4" material and 3/8" dado's the math is pretty simple.
    To cut your deck and if you have a 1/2" pocket against the wall you subtract 1-1/4" from the total width. 7/8" on the unfinished end for a 1/2" pocket, and 3/8" for the finished end. So a 82-3/4" deck.

    For your two dados in the middle of the deck, (assuming you want the partitions centered).
    From the finished end, add your stile (1-1/2), plus the opening (26"), plus the pocket (3/8"). And subtract the finished end. The dado will be 27-1/2" from the edge of the deck.
    For the opposite side do basically the same thing. Add the stile to the opening, (27-1/2"), plus the pocket at the partition,(3/8), and subtract 7/8" for the 1/2" pocket and the unfinished end. The dado should be 27" from that edge of the deck.

    To double check yourself, you should have 26-3/4" between the two dado's.


    It would take me forever to cut out a kitchen if I were to use cut lists, or story poles. I do everything off of the drawing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary curtis View Post
    My need is especially important because I am so totally awful at drawing anything.
    Gary, have you tried Sketchup. It a free download. Check out the design forum to see what some of us have done with it. If you get it there a lot of folks here who can help you out.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Thanks for the suggestions and the links. I was shying away from the idea of using Sketchup. To me it represents another computer program I would have to learn. No matter how easy.

    I want to work with wood, not fuss with computers. Fortunately there are enough measured drawings of furniture for sale so that I can build without the chore of designing and drawing. I love the furniture sold by Thomas Moser of Maine, and he sells a book of his plans.

    It seemed to my puny brain, though, that for built-in cabinets, the Story Stick (story pole?) was the hot ticket.

    Gary

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