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1003 days ago

Sketchup and OSX Lion - 4 replies

Mac and Sketchup users… it has been reported elsewhere that OSX Lion and Sketchup dont play well together. I am using Snow Leopard and would really like to upgrade to Lion, but wont if it will cause problems with Sketchup. Does anyone know of any problems with this combination?

1835 days ago

Where can I get 1 1/2" dust collection adapters and such? - 5 replies

Some of my tools (Ryobi belt sander, Milwaukee orbital sander, DeWalt plunge router, Bosch planer) all come with dust collection bags which generally get full very quickly, and are not effective in keeping the machine clean (or semi-clean) of dust. I figure that if I could connect them to my dust collection system (2 1/2”), they would be ...

2098 days ago

Landon's crib - 5 replies

As you may recall, I have posted off and on about my progress with my soon to become first grandson, Landon (oh, but that makes me feel old). I am proud to say that the crib is done and, although many errors were made, it came out pretty good. I do hope my daughter likes it… The sun… ... and the moon.

2100 days ago

Sketchup 7 - 3 replies

There is a new version of Sketchup available for free download. I played, ahem, worked with it for a little while this morning, and I like it. It has a lot of new features that I dont understand, but for what I do, this is very sweet. Has anyone played, ahem, tested it yet?

2117 days ago

Cracky slots? - 1 reply

My grandson’s crib has stretchers in the end panels into which I cut a slot to accept a panel with some insert work. The wood is 3/4” wide, about 4” tall, and the slot is 3/8” wide on the narrow side of the board. This slot leaves sides that are all of 3/16” thick, which is problematic. Cracks are developing at...

2126 days ago

Crib inlays - 4 replies

I am building a crib for my first grandson, Landon. As part of the design, I always wanted to include some inlays on the end panels. Here is the original design… I just finished them, and although they have mistakes a plenty, still in all, they came out pretty good for a first try. I hope Landon likes them…

2133 days ago

Sketchup workbench design (I learned how to use scenes) - 2 replies

I have been needing a workbench that is big enough to assemble pieces I am working on. The first workbench I built has been getting kind of ratty, and the extension I made to it to hold the router table I bought from Rockler was spur of the moment and kinda sloppy. The FWW website has a video and plans for a pretty nice workbench, so I adapt...

2140 days ago

Clearing the substrate for an inlay - 2 replies

I working on finishing my grandson’s crib. The end panels are going to have an inlay like this… As you can see, there is a lot of real estate to clear out. I have been avoiding this because I am uncertain as to how to proceed. When I make space on the end panel substrate (3/8 ply with maple veneer) for the inlays, should I clea...

2141 days ago

Glue cleanup - 8 replies

I was just watching Ask This Old House and saw an excellent tip for glue cleanup. To demonstrate, Tommy glued the edge of one piece to the face of another, making a 90-degree angle. When he squeezed the pieces together, glue squeezed out of the joint, as expected. To clean the glue up, Tommy took a straw, forced it into the corner so that t...

2147 days ago

Auto detailing cart - 9 replies

A friend has asked me to build him an auto detailing cart. Does anyone have something drawn up in Sketchup?

2157 days ago

Leigh FMT mortise and tenon jig - 19 replies

Just saw a video in the Fine Woodworking web site in which Mario Rodriguez builds a wall cabinet. He made some mortises and tenons with the Leigh FMT, which is beyond awesome. I want one, but for $800 I wont be getting it anytime soon.

2157 days ago

Plywood (made in USA) - 3 replies

This may be the incorrect forum to post this, but in the past we have discussed plywood from the big box stores. I am happy to report that this weekend I bought two panels of 3/4” plywood from Home Depot with a big stamp stating that the product was from Columbia something or other, and that it was made in the USA. You could tell, too....

2157 days ago

Sharing sketchup projects - 3 replies

Is there a web site where users can post their sketchup projects, and get sketchup files for projects they would like to work on? BTW, does anyone know how do draw coves in the corner of a piece? I know how to do the outline, but I can’t get a coplanar surface out of it.

2174 days ago

Gluing veneer to plywood - 11 replies

I have never actually done this, and it shows. I am building a crib for my first grandson, and I decided to replace the slats at the head and foot of the crib with nice panels. Maybe get ambitious and do some inlay. So I got me some sequence matched maple burl veneer and 3/8 panels. Rolled glue on to the plywood in small sections to match ...

2175 days ago

Repairing tricks and tips - 6 replies

Does anyone have any cool tricks or tips to repair mistakes in wood? Mixing sawdust with glue and that kind of thing. Got a couple of holes that need to be covered up.

2179 days ago

Card scraper burnishing jig - 1 reply

I saw a podcast from which described the process of putting the hook on a card scraper. In it, the guy uses this jig he made to burnish the scraper using a block of wood with a quarter-inch drill bit inserted into a ledge that was cut at an angle. The podcast mentions that a drawing to build the jig was free at ...

2200 days ago

Veneers for crib panels - 2 replies

I am developing a strategy for the construction of my coming grandchild’s crib. Can I inconvenience you for an opinion? I purchased plans for the heirloom crib from Rockler and plan to make a small modification. The structural members of the piece will be in cherry, and the slats in maple. However, for the end pieces I want to use bu...

2209 days ago

Stuff I've made - 4 replies

Sometimes the simplest jigs turn out to be most useful. Like these Xs I made with 3/4”-wide leftovers I had. Cut them into 3” pieces, cut a half-lap slot in the middle of each, and put them together. Many uses. On its back, it makes a convenient 3/4” spacer that will not tip over when I put something on them. Standing up, ...

2216 days ago

Planing to even thickness - 6 replies

I recently posted something about resawing with a table saw. I followed the advice that some of you kindly shared with me, and I am feeling more comfortable about using the table saw for resawing. Just to be sure that I will be playing guitar for many years, I got me the GRR gripper to push wood into the blade. I was also shopping for a thi...

2220 days ago

To thin kerf or not - 12 replies

I have a Bosch 4000-09 table saw that I use extensively. I am very pleased with it. One of the things I use it for is to split 3/4” boards to get 1/2” or 3/8” boards to make boxes with. This is my least favorite thing to do with the table saw, but dont have the fundage to buy a bandsaw. I am using a DeWalt 10” 60-to...

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