• Zachary Schnitzer

Creative Evolution Part 3: The CitiFitZ Anywhere Desk

When creating a cut list I take a serious look at the wood I’ve selected to work with and then measure each piece from my design and decide what part of the wood it will be cut from. The goal is to have minimal waste. When working with hardwoods, I must also be sure the part of the board I’ve selected will be the correct piece in terms of color and grain. For some projects, I might decide to use wood with a lot of character in the grain. In those instances, the style may be determined by how the wood looks before I start cutting anything. If I want the piece to be sleek looking and more modern, then the raw wood must be very clean looking. If I want more classic feels or a more rustic look, I select wood with lots of character, different grain orientations and/or color variations.

Another option, instead of hardwood, is to use veneers. Veneer is very thinly cut hardwood that I apply to different surfaces to give the facade of hardwood. If you are looking for furniture that is flat and will stay flat, veneer is a good way to go. Using other materials that are more composite or compressed like plywood or MDF (medium density fiber board) and placing veneer on top, will allow a piece to remain more flat and level than hardwood. Also, hardwood can be very heavy so using other materials and facing it with veneer will cut down on weight issues.

Therefore, for The Anywhere Desk, I needed to make it easier to move around the home for placement or storage. So I decided to use plywood with a veneer to reduce the weight. In my next week’s blog, I will discuss how veneer is applied to wood and the variety of options for veneer selection.

Posted below, you will see the Cut Lists for The Anywhere Desk and some of the first cuts I made. If you look back at my previous blogs, you will see the evolution from my early sketches to where the desk has progressed thus far. It might not look like a desk yet...but it will be.

Have a great week!