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Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #12: Simple Sketchup bookcase

07-28-2008 12:25 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

Here I am going to try a little bit more of this Sketchup program. I’m having a bit of trouble getting the hang of things – but I’m determined to whip this program into submission! I was going to work on a hall table – but decided that’s still out of my SU talent range so I’ve decided to do a simple bookcase. I’ve picked up few tricks. Nothing to fancy – but more than the baby steps I took with the table blog. Between the medication for my neck and the cat sitting o...

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Copyright Laws Off The Deep End

07-28-2008 12:07 AM by miles125 | 13 comments »

I had a gentleman present me with a photograph of a front door he liked and asked if i could build something like it. The picture was not the best quality, so i noticed the web address at the bottom of the page of where he retrieved it. The website belonged to a company out of the UK and i wont mention it here. What struck me about the website was what appeared to be an over the top attempt to warn all viewing that these door designs were vehemently protected by UK copyright laws. So i got ...

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A different kind of challenge

07-27-2008 11:40 PM by Michael Brailsford | 2 comments »

A few years back Fine Woodworking magazine did an article that gave me a new inspiration. That was to utilize space on a piece of furniture that would otherwise be wasted and install a secret compartment. Now I don’t have sensative government documents I am hiding nor do I have priceless pieces of art I am trying to hide nor secret documents that once I give it to the press will make us feel differently about, let’s say, Coca Cola. I just felt inspired to try a new kind of chal...

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One Man's Junk - Chair #11: Final Entry

07-27-2008 10:47 PM by Zuki | 5 comments »

Im getting close to the final product. Here I am flush cutting the plugs. They are still a little proud, but sanding will take care of that. I decided to spare you by not including pictures of me sanding. I just have one word – dusty. Here it the base that will be attached to the chair. I had a piece of spruce that was kicking around the shop for some time. This was the perfect opportunity to put it to use as the “adaptor plate” for the base and chair. It was a little ...

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A New Beginning: Design & Build from scratch... #1: My Journey Designing & Building from Scratch

07-27-2008 09:11 PM by Chris | 10 comments »

For quite some time now I have wanted to build a piece of furniture from scratch. This is partly because I could not find any one plan that suited me and because there are SO MANY things I just don’t know. Many folks like to “Prototype” or build mock-up’s / models. I wanted something more and something quicker and less expensive. That is were my Sketchup journey began; I started by working through the tutorials, then asking a whole lot of questions. Several of the most...

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Bedroom set #1: Curly Maple Long Dresser with mirror

07-27-2008 09:09 PM by NY_Rocking_Chairs | 0 comments »

With son #2 on the way we were in need of a dresser to act as a changing table for the new baby. So instead of finding another one at a garage sale, I accelerated my plans to build a new bedroom set for xmas and am building my wife’s dresser now so her old dresser can move to Alex’s room. Today I glued up the top to her dresser, which will have a finished size of 64” x 24”. This is the largest top I have ever glued up and having the huge 4’ x 60” outfe...

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Project with the Kids #1: A Small Bench

07-27-2008 08:17 PM by darryl | 7 comments »

My two younger girls (ages 7 & 4) are always interested in working on a project in the basement with their dad. Most of the time they are gluing sawdust to a piece of scrap wood. This time around I thought I would try and do something a little more involved with them. We decided to build them a kid sized bench using some of the scrap plywood I’ve got laying around. With a bit of searching through the piles, we were able to find some pieces that would work without much cutting ...

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Firefighting Career Path Update

07-27-2008 07:31 PM by Blake | 20 comments »

Hi everyone. I just thought I’d check in. Boy have I been busy. The California wildfires have been indirectly keeping my very busy. I work as a part-firefighter with Central F.D. of Santa Cruz county. Whenever there is a vacant position they call me to staff that shift. So when our dept sends strike teams out of the district to the wildfires I get lots of opportunities to pick up overtime shifts at our home stations. I have not actually gone to any of the wildfires around the stat...

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RESTART to Starting Your Business #2: Part II Do I Need a Business Plan?

07-27-2008 04:29 PM by Ad Marketing Guy - Bill | 3 comments »

Sorry, for the delay in this Installment, as you can see from this link, you can read how I have been keeping pretty busy and how exciting it has more>>, but much thanks to the many people who have followed ALL Our Other BLOG Pages and Posts the other parts of our Blog We also renamed the Blog Your Business Wisdom, Whispers to Grow By. Still linked available at:, and of course I think you wi...

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Making Chalkboards

07-27-2008 03:59 PM by Eric | 4 comments »

This weekend my family went with a fellow church member to a sister congregation located among one of the minority indigenous communities. Our purpose was to provide them with a couple chalkboards – one for the sanctuary and one for the Sunday school room. I brought all the tools and the chalkboard paint, and our friend arranged for the plywood to be delivered. The first step was to cut the sheets down a bit. I didn’t have enough paint for two 4×8 sheets, so I cut them bot...

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