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Build Kitchen Cabinets with Bob Lang’s New SketchUp Book

Special Offer – win a copy of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book below. Our home was built about 1988 and we still have the original kitchen cabinets. These cabinets are woefully out of date and in desperate need of replacing. But buying a full set of kitchen cabinets is expensive and as a woodworker, I know I can build better cabinets than what I see in showrooms. The reason my wife and I still live with old cabinets is that the task of building new cabinets is sooo daunting. I get a headache just thinking about it. But what if I could build my kitchen cabinets first in my computer? What if I could work out appliance locations; look at different cabinet styles and see how they fit with existing door ways and windows? That would be cool, right? Doing these things ahead of time would help make a monstrous task much more manageable. And this idea is at the core of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book titled SketchUp for Kitchen Design. With SketchUp for Kitchen …

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. …

Bob Lang’s Better SketchUp Guide

“When I became adept at modeling in SketchUp, I became a better woodworker, as have most people I know who have learned how to use this program.” – Bob Lang his quote is from the opening pages of Robert W. Lang’s new book titled New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp. This is a somewhat bold statement. Within the woodworking universe, there are those who can’t stand the thought of designing via computer. But Bob prefaces these words by saying “thorough planning makes for more enjoyable and more productive time in the shop.” He continues: “If I know how a project will go together before I start cutting wood, I can concentrate on doing my best work in the shop. I’m not side-tracked by math problems or design decisions.” I know this to be true. I am one of those woodworkers who believes in drawing SketchUp models to a high level, to include as much joinery as possible. With all the details worked out ahead of time, I don’t make as many mistakes or have as many …