Review of New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp

Of course I’m going to tell you that the “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” is the best resource available for woodworkers to get up to speed in 3D modeling – I wrote it and published it. An opinion from someone … Continue reading

PDF Download Plans Now Available

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can, but sometimes it takes a while. After my first book, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published in 2001 I began selling large format printed plans of many … Continue reading

Harvey Ellis/Gus Stickley Bookcase Desk PDF Download Plans

Harvey Ellis/Gustav Stickley Bookcase Desk Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Billiard Chair 17 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, Details and Exploded Views Complete … Continue reading

Gustav Stickley No. 388 Highchair PDF Download Plans

Gustav Stickley No. 388 Highchair Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Highchair 11 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard Views, Details and Exploded Views Complete Cutlist … Continue reading

Gustav Stickley No. 312-1/2 Billiard Chair PDF Download Plans

Gustav Stickley No. 312-1/2 Billiard Chair Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Billiard Chair 15 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, Details and Exploded Views … Continue reading

Alabama Woodworkers Guild Follow Up

Bob Lang at Alabama Woodworkers Guild

I had heard nice things about the Alabama Woodworkers Guild before I left last week to teach a two-day seminar in building a Stickley cabinet and an evening SketchUp workshop. When I arrived on Friday I found a shop that … Continue reading

SketchUp Workshop-Birmingham, AL-Friday April 8

Next weekend I will be in Birmingham, Alabama as a guest of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. On Friday evening, April 8, 2016 from 6-9pm I will be conducting a Woodworking With SketchUp workshop. This special event is open to the … Continue reading

Craftsman Furniture: History vs. Marketing

Harvey Ellis Chair from the Craftsman Magazine

My cynical side believes that there isn’t much difference between history and marketing, and my rational side has to admit that a lot of recorded history exists to sell something. Maybe not a specific product but a set of ideas … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Reviews

I think my books are pretty good; they mix text and video in a digital format (PDF). These different methods reinforce each other so no matter what your learning style is you “get it” faster than you would with just … Continue reading

SketchUp, Compound Angles and 3D Printing

What do middle school students and amateur carpenters have in common? Neither group realizes how tricky and troublesome compound angles can be. Carpenters will have fits trying to run crown molding and one group of middle schoolers recently hit a … Continue reading

Stickley Build and SketchUp Workshops

At the Alabama Woodworkers Guild – April 8-10, 2016 In a few months I will be traveling to Maylene (just south of Birmingham), Alabama to present not one, but two workshops for the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. The main event will … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide Featured in Woodworker West

The new issue (January/February 2016) of Woodworker West Magazine includes an excerpt from my book “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”. My thanks to Ron Goldman for reaching out and including this. As a small, independent publisher it is an uphill battle … Continue reading

How I Fit a Through Mortise

One of the curious things about woodworking is that you don’t really know how thorough to be in one step until you are knee-deep in the next. With experience you develop a routine and can move along efficiently. Without experience … Continue reading

2016 Classes: SketchUp and Stickley Bookcase

I only have a few classes scheduled (at the moment) for the coming year. Space is limited and my classes often fill early. Here are dates, places and information about signing up: SketchUp Weekend at Rockler Denver, January 30-31, 2016 … Continue reading