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I’m Working On What Could Be the Coolest SketchUp Model Ever

I have begun a new SketchUp model that to date has been soooo difficult that I am encountering some of the head scratching I remember from my early days with this all-powerful 3D modeling program. For those who have not entered the world of SketchUp, check out this free software product here (ridiculous that it is free, but nobody tell SketchUp). And when I say the coolest SketchUp model ever, it could be; at least in my mind (see the image above). BUT, before we go there, let’s look at what SketchUp themselves called an “awesome model” which I recently completed… This IS an awesome model! — SketchUp (@SketchUp) October 22, 2016 And here is my recent accomplishment which SketchUp shows so much praise over… When I first saw Ron Layport’s hutch on the cover of Fine Woodworking, I was smitten – a striking design and all that beautiful curly maple (curly maple is my favorite wood). Wow. I remember thinking “I’ll never make this” – it is gigantic and the cost of all …

Ron Layport Featured at Fine Woodworking

I have written before how woodworker Ron Layport was an early influence in the way I view furniture design (most recently here). I was scanning my RSS reader just now and came across a video at Fine with an update on Ron’s work, which is stunning. I encourage you to take a look at the video here. ALSO, just below the video are links to other “Masters of the Craft” slide shows. Most all of these short videos are exceptional. Photo credit: Mark May via Fine

Book Review: Mark Edmundson, Pocket Hole Joinery

I use pocket screws and pocket hole joinery from time to time. For me, this joinery method is so dang simple and fast, it is hard not to use pocket screws. If there is such a thing as seductive joinery, pocket screws would be it. When I heard that Taunton Press, parent of Fine Woodworking magazine, was going to launch a book about pocket hole joinery, I felt the need to buy it. I wanted to see how a book from a company which writes about fine woodworking would approach this joinery method. The book by Mark Edmundson is simply titled, Pocket Hole Joinery. Some fine woodworkers have a hard time calling a piece made with pocket screws “fine” – I have heard at least three of the staff writers at Fine Woodworking talk with concern about this joinery method. But the back cover of Taunton’s new book says this about pocket hole joinery: its “strong, quick to learn, and easy to master.” So what’s up with that? How can it be strong and yet a joinery …