All posts filed under: Fine Woodworking

Three Bench Jigs

Editor’s note: Happy New Year! I hope all of you are as excited about a new year of woodworking projects as I am. And I have some pretty major projects in the pipeline. More about them later. ne day, while deep into building my new workbench, I saw a truly excellent video where Mike Pekovich discusses the merits and use of his favorite workbench jigs. As I neared completion of my workbench, this video kept reappearing in my mind and I knew I had to adopt several of Mike’s jigs for my workbench (his video shows six different jigs). All of them are just stupid easy to make. I like designing my own projects, but sometimes I’ll see something so good, I’ll simply duplicate it. At the end of his video, Mike mentions the Fine Woodworking magazine article which featured these jigs in more detail (viewing the article requires a FWW membership). After viewing the video several times and printing the article from FWW’s website, I went to my workshop and made three of the …

I Use Wudworxs On A Massive Breakfront

few months ago, at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild, I was talking with some of the SketchUp users about Sketchucation, a website devoted to SketchUp. I said that this site is where all the serious SketchUp users hang out, but I rarely go there since I don’t geek out on SketchUp. One of them looked at me and said, “So you don’t think you geek out on SketchUp?” Clearly he thought I do. Well, I am here to tell you that I have officially become a SketchUp geek because I recently bought a SketchUp extension called Wudworxs. When you pay money on such things you get automatically enrolled into the geeky world of SketchUp. Wudworxs is really a company which offers a series of extensions for SketchUp, all of which are woodworking related. An extension is a software product which can be added to, and works within SketchUp to automate complex tasks (extensions are sometimes called “plug-ins”). The extensions from Wudworxs simply automate tasks a woodworker would use while drawing in SketchUp. I bought a three …

Pennsylvania Secretary in SketchUp; What I Learned

The image above shows my completed SketchUp model of Lonnie Bird’s Pennsylvania Secretary as seen in Fine Woodworking magazine. The construction steps for this secretary were spread out over three issues of FWW (see them here, here and here). Taking three separate issues to explain the construction of this stunning walnut behemoth provides a hint at how complex it is to build. Making Mr. Bird’s masterpiece in SketchUp was also complex. I learned a few things while drawing it which I want to pass on to those interested. Ask For Help When You Need It This project contains a lot of complex curves. The bracket feet have intersecting serpentine shapes and the desk gallery has a variety of head scratching, curved edges. Long ago, I found a way to contact Dave Richards and when I hit a SketchUp road block, I ask Dave for help. He always responds quickly and has a good answer for my problem. With this secretary, I asked for Dave’s help twice; once for the bracket feet and then again for the gallery …