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Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorial

Beginner’s SketchUp Tutorial

04-24-2011 10:57 PM by Walt M. | 8 comments »

My first review, I’m not a typist so I going to make this brief. I have wanted to learn SketchUp for some time now.,I have followed many courses on Google and other web sites but this really got me going. http://www.srww.com/blog/?p=1335 It’s from a wood worker that really knows this program. It helps if you have multiple monitors but if not you can watch and pause or you can even download a mpg 4 to watch offline.It starts you off building a Bedroom Side table and teaches you ve...

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Teaching a class at Lee Valley

Teaching a class at Lee Valley

04-06-2011 07:07 PM by JuniorJoiner | 13 comments »

I want to start by saying I enjoyed myself and I think the students left with better hand tool and dovetail skills than they started with. I had many handshakes and smiles at the end, so I hope everyone feels that they got their moneys worth of instruction. Now the critique. there was a critique form for the students, but not for me. I had offered to teach a different class, but told them I was flexible if they needed something covered off, which I am. I received an e-mail some weeks la...

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Charles Neil Free Project Videos

Charles Neil Free Project Videos

07-06-2010 05:20 AM by Wolffarmer | 8 comments »

While I am not an experienced woodworker I do occasionally gain skills and knowledge. I would like to recommend these free videos by Charles. I can’t say how much I have learned from them other than I feel I have gotten more out of these videos than all of the other free things I have seen on the internet, combined. Really a first class instruction and a down home feeling in the production. Project Videos

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A box making vacation in England

A box making vacation in England

05-23-2010 01:23 AM by RogerBean | 6 comments »

For the aspiring cellist to spend three days with Yo-Yo Ma would be something special, certainly. For an aspiring box maker to spend three days one on one with Andrew Crawford is similar. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to visit Andrew’s shop in Shropshire, England, and had such a great experience others might like to hear about it. Andrew builds what I consider “traditional” boxes. I confess to a clear preference for boxes that look like boxes. Many types of containers fall into...

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event - Indy

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event - Indy

10-19-2009 02:55 AM by Walnut_Weasel | 6 comments »

This Saturday (10/17/09) I attended the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Indianapolis at the Herron School of Art. I think it is worth mentioning right off the bat is that I am extremely new to woodworking and that alone may bias my opinions stated below. I had two main reason for attending this event: 1) Learn as much as possible about everything available, and 2) Get my hands on some Lie-Nielsen equipment to see what it is like to use high quality tools. Admission to the event was free! I...

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Fundamentals Everyone Can Learn From

Fundamentals Everyone Can Learn From

07-20-2009 06:09 PM by ShannonRogers | 4 comments »

I took a trip up to Chester County, PA this weekend to take a class with Chuck Bender’s school, The Acanthus Workshop. Chuck goes by the handle Acanthuscarver here on LJ. What a treat! I have been woodworking now for 7 years and hardly do I think of myself as an expert, but I admit to being a little dubious as to how much I would get out of a fundamentals I class. Because the focus was on hand tools, I was more optimistic because I am pretty new to the way of the Schwarz having R...

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Open Up a New World on Woodworking

Open Up a New World on Woodworking

07-08-2008 09:12 PM by Sawdustonmyshoulder | 11 comments »

I took a sharpening class at the Birmingham Woodcraft store a while back. I really didn’t know it then, but that class really has opened up my woodworking world. My projects are getting more involved and really more fun because I now have very sharp tools. If you have never had a sharpening class, you should make it your priority. I would have gotten into the woodturning world and stayed there about 10 minutes without sharp tools. Plane irons and chisels just about cut through ...

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Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books

Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books

04-01-2008 06:44 AM by sandhill | 4 comments »

Finishing A to Z: Beyond the Books – So how useful is the set of DVD’s going to be? “Very much I hope” My finishing skills leave a lot to be desired – A REAL LOT so much in fact that if you see most of my projects on LJ they are all hand applied and natural finishes with no stains or dyes. The price of this DVD set was about $120.00. The first one bought was got and watched was not impressive it was very limited in content and Charles and Bob spent too much time just talking with...

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JD Lohr School of Woodworking -- Woodworking 101

JD Lohr School of Woodworking -- Woodworking 101

02-13-2008 06:43 AM by ben | 9 comments »

Short version: this was the best money I’ve spent on anything related to wood, period. Jeff and his apprentice Rob were fantastic—knowledgeable, organized and enthusiastic. Details I have not taken a wood course of any sort since high school… I can’t imagine this being any more hands-on. The first day began with a primer on wood—grain, growth, selection, and even how ‘non-professionals’ can be most successful at the local hardwood dealer. But...

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