Scale Furniture Models

I have been asked to talk to 3rd and 4th year Industrial Design students at a local University. The first talk focused on using veneers in a Furniture Design. The cohort is interested in Furniture Design as an option in their career path. I added a couple of scale models for an upcoming talk on furniture design (scale modelling). The first two models are fairly basic ( for proportions and aesthetic) but then I wanted functionality in the models. The students focus on mechanical movement in the ID program, specifically Furniture Design. The latest (1/3 scale) tambour-styled cabinet on stand has complete functionality with realistic drawers. The challenge was of course creating the miniature components, especially the drawers. The doors were time-consuming to fit correctly. As the scale progressively increased from 1/6 to 1/4 to 1/3, it became easier to create components. I would settle on 1/3 scale in the future as this is likely the upper limit of a model and components are not as difficult to create and fit.

Norman Pirollo


Interesting work you are doing for the school and the models are really great.   Thanks for the write up.  


Good stuff thanks


That looks very difficult to create on that scale.  Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Seems you can create your cabinets with any wood available, no amount too small!
Nice work!

those models are incredible. nice work norman.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I get to use my offcuts. a win-win!

Norman Pirollo

Nice Norman.

Always harder to do small stuff, you need to be really precise.
If you can get it down to 1:12, you can sell them on as high end doll's furniture ;)
Like MikeB said, my first thought was this is more difficult than making full scale. Nice work.
It can be time consuming, depending on how far I go with detail. I enjoyed the process though. My shooting board and bench hook were used extensively, they excel at dialing in small components.

Norman Pirollo