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Reader Email: Advise on Power Tools

Since the monstrous spike in traffic resulting from a woodworking plan appearing in SketchUp’s newsletter, I have received several email messages from readers. Here is one from Tom with a question: “Hi Jeff. Saw your info using SketchUp and working with wood. I am a beginner at wood working. I just bought a compound miter saw to use for small projects and to get my feet wet and wondered if you can lend any advice about the types of power tools I should have for my shop and about using SketchUp to build plans from for a project. Any help is appreciated.” Not sure I am qualified to answer this question; the woodworking corner of the internet is full of information on this subject, but here is how I replied… “Thanks for visiting my website. Here is what I did when I started. I bought a table saw. This kind of saw can cross-cut and rip boards. I got a 10″ contractor style saw (I currently use a Jet 10″ saw). I quickly bought a …

Reader Email: SketchUp Guide for a Non-Woodworker

I get some pretty interesting email and thought I would share this one from Gloria… “Hi Jeff — I just came across your site/blog, and hope that you will be able to point me in a good direction re: Sketchup for non woodworkers? More specifically, for those (me) related to woodworkers (my husband). Your review of the Tim Killen guide looks awesome, but since I’m not the one doing the woodworking, I don’t know if it would be my best choice… Sometimes I get an extremely cool design idea, but to describe it to my (very patient) husband in words is almost impossible for me, and not much better when I try to sketch it out. Is there anything out there for people who only want to create/print their design in the form of a detailed illustration (so that somebody else can build it)? I’ve got Sketchup 8.0 for mac and have taken a one-night class, which was definitely not long enough to make me feel anything other than overwhelmed by the complexity of the …