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Blog series by George_SA updated 01-23-2018 07:36 PM 7 parts 17473 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Wooden C_Clamps

12-03-2014 08:26 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

I have recently started using SketchUp after a few unsuccessful previous attempts. You Tube tutorials helped me this time round. I find SketchUp quite useful as it helps me to put ideas to virtual paper and it also helps to print out templates which came in quite handy with my first attempt at making wooden handscrews. My first blog entry is a wooden CClamp. I have seen a few of these made on the net (YouTube and LumberJocks) My one concern is that there is an inherent weakness where the u...

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Part 2: Adjustable Sled

12-03-2014 09:09 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

My second blog in this series is an adjustable sled. In a perfect world a sled would stay spot on accurate for ever. In the real world however things go wrong for various reasons. To overcome this problem I thought about a sled with a fence that could be adjusted when it goes out of square for whatever reason. Then I saw Dave's Super accurate crosscut sled here on LJ. This was also the inspiration for the SketchUp model which can be downloaded over here The other reason is that I found tha...

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Part 3: Cross Puzzle or X Puzzle

12-04-2014 11:28 AM by George_SA | 0 comments »

I have a few of these in my favorites and it is on my to do list. These SketchUp plans are my blueprints which can be downloaded here. The Dimensions are in Scene 2 The detail for the hole position is in scene 3. “Paul with his “X Puzzle - 3 times a charm gave me the insight for this method. Use a kerfmaker (see my quick 5min kerfmaker) to cut out the centres of solid blocks. Put the two together and drill the holes right thru from the end. This ensures a perfect alignment f...

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Part 4: Moxon Vise

12-05-2014 12:46 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

Since seeing a Moxon Vise on LJ’s I have wanted to make one. These are the SketchUp plans which can be downloaded here that I intend to use for the project. These plans are based on the Fine Woodworking #198 March 21 2008 article about Moxon vises

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Part 5: Scroll Saw

10-13-2015 07:49 PM by George_SA | 3 comments »

This is on my woodworking project bucket list. Every time I see the prices of these machines I just turn away and decide scroll sawing is not for me. Thanks to YouTube I have seen that it is possible to make an affordable homemade alternative. This drawing is a combination of several different homemade scroll saws on the internet. It is designed to have a 600mm (Aprox 24 inch) throat depth and a tiltable table as well as a toe to hold the work down. The arm that supports the toe could also be...

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Part 6: How to draw printable index wheels

12-12-2017 06:51 PM by George_SA | 2 comments »

EditA MUCH EASIER way! There is a website (Hubs Spokes Spindles) that does all the calculations for you (You input the number of spokes the diameter etc.) and generates a printable template. (If you really want to do it in SketchUp then read through the rest of the blog.)End of Edit In the discussion Brian's (Bushmaster) post on INDEXING DISC JIG, EASY PROCEDUREthe question came up on how to make printable indexing diagrams in SketchUp. I use the following procedure.Note: this tutorial ...

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Part 7: How to make a vernier scale with SketchUp to use on jigs

01-23-2018 07:36 PM by George_SA | 1 comment »

I am busy with a wooden toy Dump Truck. The jig that I’m planning for cutting the treads in the wheels requires a measurement scale. The first jig that I designed in SketchUp makes use of a digital vernier attached to the jig. However, I found with my Digital Height Gauge that going digital is a great idea in theory. In practice however digital is quite fiddly. The main problem is that the adjustment mechanism doesn’t match the readout precision. It is like trying to adjust inc...

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