Push Block (and last time I'll use SketchUp for a while)

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Blog entry by DenverDave posted 08-15-2010 04:58 AM 3326 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m fairly new to woodworking. I needed a push block and found one that someone had taken the time to dimension, so I figured it must be decent but it felt unstable as hell.

This is one I designed one myself and it works pretty good. It’s made from 3/4” plywood. To get a little practice using SketchUp, I created this drawing but my computer is too slow to draw anything even mildly complex, so this is my first and last SketchUp drawing for a while. I need to find a lighter weight CAD program.

Is this a push block or a push shoe?

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 05:16 AM

Very nice push stick design.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 06:42 AM

That’s too bad you found sketchup to be a tax on your computer. You’ve definitely got a keen sense of layout, and I hope you get it figured out and post more stuff.

I think I would call it a pushboot.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 07:47 AM

I am sorry to hear about your computer, you are definitely missing out not being able to use sketch-up in detail. I hope you are able to one day, it is a great tool.

p.s. Sketchup is pretty light but you might try powerpoint or ( Impress. I had to use this down range a few times to draft some pieces.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 10:47 AM

Nice looking push tool! How about just drawing on paper? Works well for me and it is also made from wood ;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 06:08 PM

Too bad SketchUp doesn’t have a 2D mode for us CPU deficient users. I agree that pencil to paper is still a good method, and I can sit on my recliner when using it. :)

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 07:00 PM

I agree with the paper and pencil users here. Not that my computer would or does have a problem with Sketch Up….I just find the cost and learning curve for me to be intolerable whereas I can pencil up a drawing in a few minutes on graph paper. For more serious designs, I think SU is very well suited…and some of the add ins are extremely helpful for doing take offs and cut diagrams….just for me though the price for the programs seem excessive (in our estimating department they use Autocad which is even more expensive)...I believe that I would feel alot of pressure to do everything on this program if I put out that much money.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 07:46 PM

Dave, is it SU in particular you are having trouble understanding or is it CAD in general? What CAD have you used in the past? Might I suggest you find someone local to you that can sit down with you for an hour or two to get you past a couple of hurdles? BTW, I think you did a fine job on the push stick.

Keep in mind that it is infinitely easier to share drawings and ideas via the internet with electronic design tools(SU) rather than kitchen tools(napkins). :) And the more complex things you create, the easier it becomes to make changes on those using a computer. Lastly, don’t expect to be able to use advanced features the first few days you learn SU. SteveInMarin had some similar problems, he posted a blog question on it. You might go look that up( ) before you completely throw in the towel. I’m sure he’d be glad to tell you first hand how he got past the hump. I wish you well in whatever approach you take.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 10:26 PM

Rance, I didn’t say I was slow; I said my computer was slow. :) SketchUp runs excruciatingly slow on my computer.

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 10:41 PM

Nice drawing.

curious – what computer are you running this on? I have yet to find a lighter weight CAD then SketchUp – and I know my way around whats on the market

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 05:46 AM

Sorry Dave. Yes, you referred to your computer. :P Glad you have a sense of humor. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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