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Old World Table Woodworking Plan in the Works

I have begun work on my 15th free woodworking plan; a plan which may very well be my last free one (see all my woodworking plans here). A 2018 goal of mine is to return to trying to make money from the plans I create and to that end, I hope to make a series of more simple plans to be sold on Ebay. I have sold my plans in the past, but the income has been pitiful. Maybe this time I’ll at least be able to recover the cost of the software used to make them. I have been trying to come up with a normal size dining table design. I have one dining table plan, my apartment sized table which is perfect for a small dining room or an eat-in kitchen area. But my wife and I are still using a hand-me-down dining table and it would be nice to have a hand crafted table for the more festive times of the year we actually use our dining room. I had originally come …

Build Kitchen Cabinets with Bob Lang’s New SketchUp Book

Special Offer – win a copy of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book below. Our home was built about 1988 and we still have the original kitchen cabinets. These cabinets are woefully out of date and in desperate need of replacing. But buying a full set of kitchen cabinets is expensive and as a woodworker, I know I can build better cabinets than what I see in showrooms. The reason my wife and I still live with old cabinets is that the task of building new cabinets is sooo daunting. I get a headache just thinking about it. But what if I could build my kitchen cabinets first in my computer? What if I could work out appliance locations; look at different cabinet styles and see how they fit with existing door ways and windows? That would be cool, right? Doing these things ahead of time would help make a monstrous task much more manageable. And this idea is at the core of Bob Lang’s new SketchUp book titled SketchUp for Kitchen Design. With SketchUp for Kitchen …

New Big SketchUp Project Underway

A few years ago, for about a six month period, I did freelance SketchUp work for Sawtooth Ideas. This company offers software which enables a woodworker to download a project plan from their site, and using their proprietary software, see a 3D model of the project. This 3D model can be easily exploded, components zoomed in for closer inspection, etc. This required a SketchUp model for each project in their library of plans. I was one of a handful of people who made the needed SketchUp models. The model below is called a “Deluxe Cross-Cut Station with Lumber Rack” and was created based on a design from Woodcraft magazine. This model became so complex, my computer could not handle it. I had to break the model into three sections; three different SketchUp files because it is super, super detailed (click an image to enlarge)… To date, this is the most complex SketchUp model I have created. It has over 400 screws in it. These screws also have over 400 counter-bored screw holes. I also had …