All posts filed under: Alabama Woodworker’s Guild

Using My Backup Workshop

I joined the Alabama Woodworkers Guild about a year and a half ago. I quickly began thinking of the guild’s Woodworking Education Center (WEC) as my backup workshop. The WEC is a former schoolhouse now converted into a killer shop and is about a 20 minute drive from my home (photo above). It’s where the guild’s monthly meetings occur and then the various guild woodworking classes use the WEC to build projects. In the photo above, you can see a table being built for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity home. A key benefit of being a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild is my ability to use all these professional grade power tools as I build my project. Since my last blog post on the tool cabinet, I have been to the WEC twice; but these two visits have been the first time I’ve used the guild’s tools, specifically their big, honkin’ jointer and then the equally honkin’ thickness planer. Take a look at the these two tools… I decided to use the WEC’s professional …

AWG Weekend With Bob Lang

How is it that I spent the whole weekend woodworking and did not turn on my table saw a single time. I am using screws as the primary joinery on my current project; a new tool cabinet, but I did not pick up my drill at all. How then did I participate in woodworking without spending a single second at my workbench? I took two classes organized by the Alabama Woodworkers Guild featuring nationally known woodworker, Bob Lang as teacher. FRIDAY NIGHT The weekend started Friday night at the new and promising City Hardwoods in Birmingham, a new hardwood supplier which had some amazing exotic lumber (wide and long boards aplenty). This location was the back drop for an overview of SketchUp with Bob. Bob is very much a SketchUp expert having written three enhanced ebooks on the subject and has taught countless classes (I reviewed his most recent SketchUp publication here). The attendance was good (about twenty-five people attended the $25 class) and Bob went over the finer points of SketchUp for three hours. …

SketchUp: Speed Modeling Via Jay Bates

On tap this weekend is some speed SketchUp work. I need to finish the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild Habitat For Humanities kitchen and bath woodworking plan. And, speaking of quick SketchUp work, nobody creates a SketchUp model with more speed than woodworker Jay Bates. Take a look at the video below; Jay zoom zooms through the creation of a sofa table SketchUp model. While I think Jay needs to slow way down to better explain some of the short cuts he takes, the process he uses to make this model is unique. I have rotated legs like he does, but I rarely use this method. Also his technique used for making mortise and tenon joinery is interesting. If you like SketchUp, this video will show you a different way to approach a SketchUp model. Once I get the AWG woodworking plan completed, I need to finalize the SketchUp model for my new tool cabinet; then get my workshop cleaned up prior to building anything. So, lots of SketchUp work is ahead of me. I hope you …