All posts filed under: Woodworking Plans in Progress

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 …

Success With SketchUp and Photoshop

I enjoy reading comments posted here at my blog. And sometimes a comment is very helpful. Case in point with my last blog post. Sarah gave me a very helpful tip concerning how to add out-of-view objects to my images. And it could not be easier. First, take a look at the image above. It is one of the exported SketchUp images to be used in Photoshop. One of the four screws is out of view and I want readers of the woodworking plan to know it is there (logic would dictate that a fourth screw is there, but I have learned to take as much guess-work out of my plans as possible). The next step is to hide all of the components except the missing screw and the line which shows the path which the screw needs to take. I export this image as well. Both files are PNG files which allow for a transparent background which is important. I wish I could just load a video at this point which shows the steps …

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 …