Author: Jeff Branch

Designing Furniture in SketchUp #2

Every now and then, I get an email asking for a SketchUp model to be made to match a photo or a change to one of my woodworking plans. I’ve received two such requests recently. Because these projects can be very, very time intensive, I now only do this on a commission basis, meaning I get paid for the work. Some of these design projects can be challenging. I’m not only replicating a photo, more importantly I’m determining the best construction methods. Take the dining table shown above. I got an email and a photo which asked for a SketchUp model. I stated my rate which was agreed to and the work began. The photo showed a table which was slightly larger than what the client wanted for his own home. So, the first challenge was presented: how to scale down the table without losing the original look. I think the end result was successful, especially the view of the side. The view from the end, is a little suspect because the side to side …

A Note About “Cheesy Ads”

I got a negative comment this morning about the ads which appear on my website. I’ll be the first to say that yes the ads are cheesy and in fact are almost intolerable for me. Plus, I have recently seen ads appear in new places. Those of you who subscribe by email now see advertising in these emails and if you view a post on a cell phone, you will see an ad appear at the top of your browser. But, right now I am keeping them in place because I am spending at least $100 a year to operate this blog and the software I use for illustration and plans cost an additional $400+ per year and I would like to upgrade the software I use (which will just cost more). The good news is I am beginning to receive income from selling woodworking plans and I just finished one custom/one-off woodworking plan for a reader and I have another one right behind it. Both of these are projects which I am getting paid …

Quick Project – The Tool Wall

A note from Jeff: See a special message at the end of this post. . THIS TOOL WALL is proof that I can complete a woodworking project quickly – most of my projects drag on for months and months and months. Call it a Festivus miracle; I completed the tool wall in just three weeks. I wrote in my last blog post about the Brobdingnagian mess which resulted from emptying out my old tool cabinet. Then I was super blessed to receive a large number of new Woodpeckers tools which needed a home in my workshop. And, while building my new workbench, I acquired several new F-clamps. The F-clamps are what got me thinking about a clamp wall, but all of the above culminated in a need for better storage and organization. This is basically a sheet and a half of 3/4″ plywood screwed to three 8′ 2 x 4s. I considered anchoring the plywood directly to the concrete block wall, but that seemed to be a lot of trouble. In the end, I decided …