All posts filed under: Downloadable Plans

Ed M. Builds the Bedside Table

I wanted to put up this quick post to highlight a completed project based on my woodworking plan, You Can Build a Bedside Table. Ed M. of Pennsylvania sent me these photos of his table; he downloaded the project plan at Sawtooth Ideas.com. A cool aspect of working with wood is the woodworker can take a project plan and adapt it to suit his or her needs. Here, Ed uses the table as a home for a video monitor. He made minor changes to the beads which surround the drawer and door openings, used a more heavy duty way to attach the top and base to the case, and made a more simplified back for the table. In particular, I am jealous of the raised panels he made; they turned out better than what is on my bedside table. I consider this plan to be a solid intermediate woodworking project due to the web frames which help form the skeleton of the table, the panels which are present in sides, doors and lower shelf. The …

Will I ever become a SketchUp pro?

Not so dumb anymore. My SketchUp text book. An appropriate book for me since there is still a lot for me to learn. I have been working this week on my upcoming free e-book: the down loadable plans for my daughter’s bookcase. A critical tool in the preparation of this e-book and my last one is SketchUp. In addition to my e-books, I often use SketchUp illustrations to communicate a variety of things related to woodworking on my blog. It was about a year ago when I posted some of my frustration with SketchUp. I am now glad to say I am very comfortable with this impressive 3D modeling program. But, I wonder if I will ever be as good with SketchUp as those guys that write for FWW or Popular Woodworking? By the time I get too old to use a computer, will I be as deep a SU thinker as they are? Button envy. A screen shot of my simple version of SketchUp on top and below it is one of the guys …