All posts filed under: Alabama Woodworker’s Guild

New Big SketchUp Project Underway

A few years ago, for about a six month period, I did freelance SketchUp work for Sawtooth Ideas. This company offers software which enables a woodworker to download a project plan from their site, and using their proprietary software, see a 3D model of the project. This 3D model can be easily exploded, components zoomed in for closer inspection, etc. This required a SketchUp model for each project in their library of plans. I was one of a handful of people who made the needed SketchUp models. The model below is called a “Deluxe Cross-Cut Station with Lumber Rack” and was created based on a design from Woodcraft magazine. This model became so complex, my computer could not handle it. I had to break the model into three sections; three different SketchUp files because it is super, super detailed (click an image to enlarge)… To date, this is the most complex SketchUp model I have created. It has over 400 screws in it. These screws also have over 400 counter-bored screw holes. I also had …

I Should Have Done This a Long Time Ago

It’s not like the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild is a new organization and I jumped in right away. It was formed in 1983 which is about the time I started woodworking. I would hear mention of AWG from time to time but it was not until Christopher Schwarz begin conducting seminars there that I seriously thought about becoming a member. That was about a year and a half ago. Today I finally joined – 32 years after the organization was formed. Not only are there mentors available to teach a variety of basic and advanced woodworking skills, there is also a full size, professional quality workshop which I now have access to. It’s killer… There is a lesson to be learned here. If you want to learn woodworking, don’t wait 30 years before you check out the closest woodworking guild or club. I have already made a connection with one mentor about learning better sharpening skills. I’ll start on this ASAP. One of the many workbenches there is a Nicholson. I’ll build a new workbench later …