I am refining the design of the enclosure for Figure Study, my new project (and kickstarter victory!) with David Allen. One of the features of this book is a place to compare loose sheets of drafting film, the central area in the example below.
But how to make this an intuitive and functional area? In my early mockups I’ve tried a few solutions to this problem. In the mockup above, I am using two pieces of double thickness binder’s board covered in paper to catch and trap the sheets in the same position relative to one another.
But these bars are kind of lumpy and I don’t like their arrangement. An earlier attempt saw a book cloth covered bar at the top of the comparison area:
But this was similarly problematic, and of course without another bar or stop there was no way to quickly get the sheets together the way the are intended to be viewed. My first mockup, although troubled in many other ways, has my favorite solution:
A little corner made of binder’s board covered in paper. Lumpy? yes. A perfect right angle? No. But perhaps the right direction to go. More recently, I’ve been thinking about wood. A quick test in balsa on this small mockup got me thinking that the best solution might just be a set of two wooden corners arranged diagonally from one another.
Enter the internet and a search for tiny strips of wood. I landed at Westbourne Model Company and ordered strips of walnut in a variety of sizes:
And when one is shopping at a model company for tiny strips of wood, how can one resist a tiny saw? And once one has bought tiny strips of wood and a tiny saw, and one knows that one has plans to make tiny corners, one simply must invest in a tiny miter box, mustn’t one? Anyway, that is what this one did.
A little glue, a little sandpaper, a little linseed oil, and kaboom:
Stay tuned to see some walnut corners in action as my mockup pile continues to grow.