All posts tagged: e-book

Creating a Woodworking Plan, Part Two: Getting Started

Go back to Part One Once the SketchUp model has been completed it is time to work on the project plan itself. Typically, I use four different software products to create a plan: SketchUp, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Paint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. There are several ways you can generate a project plan. I have seen people use Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. I have both of these programs and hopefully I’ll graduate to InDesign in 2013, but I use Publisher for three reasons: 1) it is very flexible, 2) it was what I had; it came included in the Microsoft Office bundle we bought a while back, and 3) I have become skilled in using Publisher to get what I want. As soon as I can get my hands on an InDesign book, I’ll start the process of learning it since InDesign seems to be what the professionals use. What do you want your woodworking plan to be? I originally called my plans e-books. This seemed to be a somewhat accurate term since my first …

Creating a Woodworking Plan, Part One: SketchUp

One of my most popular woodworking plans is the plan centered around the build of what I call “The Tornado Bed”. This was a project completed about a year ago and was donated to disaster recovery following a historic severe weather event. The event: 63 tornadoes struck north Alabama within a 24 hour period on April 27, 2011. Many areas of north Alabama received unbelievable destruction. A visitor to my blog sent me an email this week which has triggered a major overhaul of this woodworking plan. The visitor, who works at a mattress store, advised me that a queen size bed without a center support could potentially void a mattress warranty. The original design of the Tornado Bed was based on a queen size bed I own and it does not have a center support, but the lack of one could be problematic for the woodworker who downloads this plan, so an update is needed. I will document the process I use to update the plan which will give some insight on how a …