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Three SketchUp Projects – What I Learned

ometimes I hear compliments like “your SketchUp skills are crazy good” or something else equally kind. I know SketchUp pretty well, but I think the things I do with SketchUp tend to be the same kind of work; the same thing over and over. So when an opportunity to do a different kind of SketchUp project comes along I give it full consideration and on occasion, I’ll do free SketchUp work, especially if it has the potential to test my skills in a new way. I recently completed three SketchUp projects and this is what I learned from them… The AWG Workstation I lead a SketchUp workshop at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. I am careful not to call this a class because that would then make me the teacher and while I have learned a lot about SketchUp, I don’t feel I have the broad knowledge to be called a teacher or instructor. But, I am getting there. Recently the Guild asked me to create a SketchUp model for a new workstation. It is a …

An Update to “Old World Dining Table”

Since I published my 15th woodworking plan titled You Can Build an Old World Dining Table, several factors fell into place which led to an update. Whether it’s building a piece of furniture or creating a woodworking plan, if I know it can be better, my conscience bugs me until I make it right. With Old World Dining Table, a few comments led to a realization that the table didn’t look old world enough. In a post I wrote about the design of the table, I mentioned playing around with gothic arches in the leg assembly. I omitted these arches because with chairs in place, said arches would be hard to see. Also, adding them to the woodworking plan would make explaining the construction process much more difficult and equally difficult to pull off in the workshop. I am treating these arches sort of like floating panels, so they fit in grooves with other joinery close by… But, not having the arches bugged me. It’s like my conscience was telling me, “Jeff, put the arches …

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 will …