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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 11-21-2014 12:03 AM 998 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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11-21-2014 12:03 AM

Since the refugees from Popular Woodworking announced they were starting this new venture, 360woodworking.com, I have not had much clarity as to what this website would offer that others did not. I played around a bit around there today, and I think I am beginning to understand.

All content is free through the end of 2014—I haven’t subscribed yet. They have the standard blogs and such. They currently have a fairly simple project, a Shaker shop stool, that shows some real promise. You can just download the sketchup file. You can watch a video. You can watch the video as part of a 7-part course.. Or, you can download a PDF file with embedded video (caution: this link is to the PDF). It is this last format that I find most interesting. It reads much like a magazine article with pictures and drawings of the piece, but it also contains video links to parts that are best seen in action instead of in words or still pictures. You must open it in Acrobat Reader or Professional for the video feature to work—not in a browser window. It’s not quite spectacular for this Shaker stool, but I can see this being really helpful, clicking on the video when I am a bit confused about something and seeing it, but without having to sit through a long video when I reading or looking at drawings is more helpful.

This isn’t a commercial for it, just a hope that they will really do something innovative on the web front. I am starting to see the possibilities.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 11-21-2014 03:39 AM

Sounds pretty awesome to me. Thanks for the info.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 04:44 PM

In about 3 weeks our first “issue” will be released and then everyone will have a better idea of what we’re up to. This “issue” will include several articles; project builds, a project about to be built (research and background on reproducing an antique, inlay techniques and “precision woodworking”. Other authors will be joining Chuck, Glen and I, and it will be pretty interesting . . .

As Charles said, all of our content is free until next year and in addition to the subscription content there will be plenty of “free stuff”.

-- Bob Lang, http://readwatchdo.com

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 05:02 PM

Thanks for the Reminder Charles
With all the great pros involved I don’t know how it can fail .
Good luck Bob,Chuck and Glen.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 09:06 PM

I would like to have seen something other than a piece of Shaker furniture. Don’t get me wrong, I love those half dovetailed stools. It was the first thing I built when getting into hand tools back in the 90’s. It’s also a good project for teaching beginning woodworking. But if this is going to be the same how to build Shaker and Craftsman furniture for beginners that every magazine has been doing for 40 years, I’m not interested. Otherwise the video was a bit chatty but pretty good (about 20 minutes too long for using power tools on that project but that’s just me).

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 09:18 PM

I think the Shaker stool was a simple project that they could get out quickly, to show how they were going to approach projects. Right—if that’s what it is, then it is not worth the trouble, but I’d be shocked if it stayed that way.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 05:17 PM

Just to keep things up to date, we will be releasing our first “issue” over the next week

This blog post is about our first issue.

This leads to our first article

-- Bob Lang, http://readwatchdo.com

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CharlesA

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 05:21 PM

Bob,

One suggestion that you might have already fixed—with the Shaker stool, one had to go to to different parts of the site to find: drawings, all in one piece, episode pieces, etc. I actually was trying to find the all in one piece and had to click around for awhile before finding it.

Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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