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Models From “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”

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The “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” is entirely digital. If you want a paper and ink version, you can print out the pages, but then you’ll miss out on the embedded videos and links within the PDF. This post details … Continue reading

SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Make for Woodworkers? What’s the Difference?

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When I teach a class or talk to woodworkers about SketchUp, those two questions are almost always asked. As an unrepentant smart-Alec I usually reply “$590 – the current cost of a SketchUp Pro license, SketchUp Make is free”. There … Continue reading

Teaching Integrity, a New Book by Bob Lang

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Teaching Integrity: How Dean Mattson Sells Education to Unteachable Students About a year ago I experienced one of those moments where a seemingly meaningless action turns out to be a life-changing event. A woodworking industry newsletter arrived in my inbox, … Continue reading

Stickley Morris Chair Class at Marc Adams

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I don’t teach classes very often; a few times a year at most. While I really enjoy teaching, I’m not crazy about travel, hotels or unknown sources of food. I don’t actively solicit teaching jobs, but when somebody calls or … Continue reading

Router Templates for Mortises Made Easy (& Accurately)

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  Jigs and templates are common in professional woodworking shops, as well as common topics in woodworking books, magazines and blogs. A good jig will do two things; make the work better and get the work done faster. If you … Continue reading

Router Jig for Through Tenons Video

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Through tenon joints are one of the hallmarks of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture. These joints are incredibly strong and they look impressive. This little table is a great project for practice, and it was one of the projects I taught … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp-New Book Preview

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Update, October 15, 2013: “Building Blocks of SketchUp” is now available as a digital download. CLICK HERE TO ORDER! SketchUp is a wonderful piece of software for designing, visualizing and planning just about anything. Some people catch on to SketchUp … Continue reading

Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: Best Seat in the House

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This chair, the Gustav Stickley No. 369 Morris chair is one of the most iconic of his designs.  I like it when complex things can be simplified, but I seem to like it more when something that appears simple at … Continue reading

Byrdcliffe Linen Press–Another Favorite from Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture

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Picking a favorite project is like deciding which of your children you love the most. Picking my favorite kid would be easy, I only have the one. Among all the things I’ve made from wood, the Byrdcliffe Linen Press is … Continue reading

Stickley Poppy Table–A Favorite from Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture

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When I was a self employed furniture maker and cabinetmaker I didn’t have much choice about what I would build, it was mostly a matter of what a client wanted and was willing to pay for. For the last 9 … Continue reading

Make a Mortise from a Tenon with SketchUp

Here is one of my favorite moves in SketchUp, exploding and redefining components to move geometry from one component to another. If you don’t speak SketchUp fluently, that means I can take an existing tenon from a table apron and … Continue reading