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Free Woodworking Plan: Old World Dining Table

xciting news! My fifteenth woodworking plan called You Can Build an Old World Dining Table is available for download at the link below. This is the first of many I’ll publish in 2018, but Old World Dining Table will be my last free one for a while. I want to experiment again with selling plans; something that has not been a significant money maker in the past. The styling for this table was inspired originally by furniture seen in Harry Potter movies. I researched set design images from this movie series paying attention to leg and foot profiles. I also looked at workbench designs which included historic leg and foot forms. The resulting table design includes a bold foot, heavy timbers for the legs as well as a significant structure supporting the table top. This table can be disassembled for ease of moving. I need to tell you that this table is designed to fit in the dining room of my home. The top measures 72″ x 40″ and will accommodate eight adults, but seating …


I Get Featured at SketchUp’s Blog

Want to see something cool? I was contacted to write a blog post at SketchUp’s website. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ The subject? How I find realistic wood images for my SketchUp models. Seems that since I am just a hobbyist woodworker, SketchUp was impressed my models look so realistic. I guess this level of detail is something normally associated with professionals using SketchUp. See the steps I take to find wood materials by clicking here. Advertisements


Making an Exploded View Using SketchUp

When I open the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, not only do I look at the various articles and their authors, I also pay attention to the illustrations and who created them. A typical issue of FWW will utilize illustrations from a number of artists; my favorite being John Hartman. He is a true illustrator. For my woodworking plans, I simply use SketchUp and a little bit of Photoshop. I’m not an illustrator; John Hartman is. His work in Fine Woodworking is what I use as inspiration for the images you see in my plans (check out John’s website for more of his work). As an online member at Fine, I can search for just about any article from the library of past Fine Woodworking issues. When looking for inspiration for my upcoming woodworking plan, I searched for Matt Kenney’s updated Enfield cupboard (see the article here, membership required). It is somewhat similar in shape to my kitchen cupboard design, so when contemplating how to make the exploded view, I looked at the illustration …