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A New Woodworking Plan is Underway

When I was in high school, I worked at Riverchase Country Club in Hoover, Alabama. Caddy Shack was a popular movie then and I have to admit that I, along with some of my buddies from high school who also worked there, lived some moments which were similar to those seen in Caddy Shack. Slowly, over time, I was asked to do some minor graphic design work there. Some of the doodling I had done when work was slow caught the attention of the Club Manager. Eventually, I began making posters which promoted the monthly theme party the country club hosted. And thus, my interest in graphic design took hold. And, it is this interest that compels me to make the woodworking plans available here at my website. Presently, I am knee-deep in the process for making my 13th woodworking plan titled You Can Make The Jackson Dresser. At times I have trouble describing the furniture in my plans. For example, this dresser started out as a double dresser, but I added more drawers which …

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 …

Media Cabinet Woodworking Plan Update

Since the window seat bookcase has been completed, time to bring to life one of my inactive SketchUp projects: a new woodworking plan titled The Versatile Media Cabinet. This plan originally got underway sometime in early March of this year, but I put it on hold so I could concentrate on finishing the window seat bookcase. Just like the window seat bookcase, I am trying some new things with this new woodworking plan (see some of the new things here). I have long had a goal of creating near magazine quality plans. As I get new copies of Fine Woodworking, I pay close attention to the illustrations they use. In my plans, I use SketchUp to illustrate the construction process, but SketchUp has some limitations; specifically x-ray views to show hidden joinery, or better said; joinery which is out of view. The illustrators at FWW typically draw in blue lines to show such joinery. See below (click to enlarge)… Even though I have tried several different ways to pull this off, I have not been …