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et cetera 03.09.14

I have gotten pretty good with SketchUp. Over the past few years I have reviewed several SketchUp teaching aids and have learned a lot from them. But I am far from being an expert with this powerful design software; mainly because it is so powerful. The design capabilities of SketchUp are vast – you can do many different things with it. And amazingly, SketchUp Make, is free. This makes SketchUp Make a potentially important design tool for the modern woodworker. Often with vast capability comes increased learning difficulty. Today, I saw yet another tutorial video about SketchUp and took some time to view it and see if it’s any good. And it is. The good? Ron Paulk includes the little things in his instruction; the little things that make using SketchUp easier. Take for example at 4:23 into the video below, Ron draws the basic rectangle; but he includes a handy tip for making the rectangle the exact size needed. The video below is sort of lengthy; about 30 minutes in duration, but if you …

et cetera 11.12.13

There have been a few things that have come my way recently which I wanted to share, and I also have a quick update on my current project… Shop Talk Live 44: Big Changes for Fine Woodworking – While I find it interesting that Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana is moving into a different role at the magazine, what I found most interesting in this podcast was their discussion about finishes. A listener sent in a question about an unusual finish. The answer touched on the subject of bypassing complex and even “home-brewed” finishes for the old stand-by finish at the home center. A quote: “There is stuff out there like Minwax Wipe-On Poly that tends to kick every other finish’s butt whenever we do a test, but because that is just sitting there in the home center, you know what I mean, people are not willing (to use it).” I use Minwax Wipe-On Poly and am proud to say so. Listen to the podcast by clicking here. Sharpening to 250-Grit: Cutting Edges That Work – …

et cetera 08.16.13

Since the demise of Google Reader, I have been a little out of touch with woodworking things from around the world wide web. I have begun using Feedly in place of Google Reader and am beginning to enjoy using it. Feedly has a nice app for both the iPad as well as the iPhone and when I run across something of interest, I can simply email the link to myself for future reference. Thank you Feedly for being even better than Google Reader! Modern Woodworkers Association Podcast – Dyami, Chris and Tom have stepped up their game when it comes to the MWA Podcast. They continue to work on both the audio quality of the podcast as well as the guests they interview. Two really good podcasts of late include interviews with Bob Lang of Popular Woodworking and Marc Spagnuolo. The Bob Lang Podcast – Bob offers up a variety of quotable lines in this podcast; many that resonated with me. He offers insight into his early days of woodworking as well as working at …