Not much going on here since I have had the flu for most of the week (I never get sick; as a matter of a fact, I can’t even remember having the flu before). While lying on the couch with my laptop, I ran across a post on Google’s SketchUp blog which caught my attention. Titled, “SketchUp Pro Case Study: Randy Wilkins”, this post goes into detail how a professional movie and TV set designer uses SketchUp in his work The post also provides some beautifully executed illustrations. And since Randy has an interest in woodworking, he includes a nice drawing of Christopher Schwarz’s The Schoolbox.
This is important for me because I gained more insight into SketchUp’s capabilities. Due to the Randy Wilkins post, it has become clear to me that I will need to move up to SketchUp Pro with Layout. It looks like Layout is what I really need to move forward with project plans.
Anyway, the Google SketchUp post is a very good read; maybe you’ll like it too.
UPDATE 3/19/11: I have been watching a lot of DIY Network and am dying to get back to my dinning room ceiling project. While DIY has some cheesy home improvement shows, there are a few that are pretty good.
I did a little work on the dining room on Monday cutting some of the beams to size and beginning to form the lap joints before I started to feel the effects of the flu. I have about six inches of material to remove to form these joints. I have been going back and forth on how best to cut this material away, starting with a router fitted with a 1/2″ straight bit (the cut is 3/8″ deep).
My initial cuts with the router did not go as planned. The bit moving across the width of the board, freehand, jumped around slightly which can lead to a messy cut (it’s also a safety issue). I have decided the best way to cut this is with a radial arm saw, but I don’t have one. I am thinking about repeated cross cuts 1/4″ deep with my circular saw, knocking out the waste with a chisel, then clean-up with my router. That’s my plan right now.