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SketchUp Group / VIDEO SketchUp Free for Woodwo...
Last post by jeffbranch - October 20, 2019, 01:59:38 pm
In this video, I show two ways to draw a 8' 1 x 6 piece of lumber. This is an exercise in making anything in square or rectangular shape. I use the line tool and rectangle tool along with turning the lumber into a component. Watch the video and practice, practice, practice. This is a follow-up to SketchUp Free for Woodworkers Extreme Basics #1.

SketchUp Group / VIDEO: SketchUp For Woodworker...
Last post by jeffbranch - October 19, 2019, 02:11:06 pm
As promised in our SketchUp workshop, I am posting follow-up videos which you can follow and practice which will hopefully improve your SketchUp skills. The first video is live on YouTube via the link below. It shows among other things how to use the mouse and scroll wheel to your advantage and also why you should begin learning SketchUp using keyboard shortcuts. I'll have more videos in the near future.


This is my first video and as I get used to doing these, I hope the video quality will also improve.

Any suggestions or comments, let me know.
SketchUp Group / How to add realistic materials...
Last post by jeffbranch - February 09, 2019, 04:57:53 am
Resources / Would like to make a donation
Last post by KeithB - January 22, 2019, 09:14:32 am
Hello, my name is Keith and I'm a wood collector, read that borderline hoarder.  I've been saving piles of wood that I've cut and taken the nails out for "someday."  Someday isn't coming for me.  And if it does, I still have sources.

What I would like to do is make a large pick up size, or possibly larger donation to your facility.  I read about you in Shelby Magazine.  This is a good cause and will free lots of room in my garage.

I know you typically get wood from habitat, but where I work has experienced some unfriendly episodes from the habitat people.  So I would prefer to donate direct.

I have 1x4s, pine, yellow, white and some even pink.  Most cuts are 40 to 48 inches, some are longer.  Reading that you make pieces as small as bunny ears, some of my shorter boards may also qualify for donation.

While the 1x4s is the largest stack, I have other sizes as well.  Also have some small pieces of hard wood.

If anyone is interested, drop me a line here or shoot me an email.  I have enabled email here, but don't check it every day. 

I tried twice to send a message through the home page, but received mailbox full notifications both times.  At first, I tried from my job, and just thought my company was blocking the message, but tried from home with the same result.

SketchUp Group / How to draw a box in SketchUp,...
Last post by jeffbranch - January 19, 2019, 07:06:18 am
A good video on how to use the rectangle tool enabling you to draw a box which could represent lumber or plywood, etc.


Next you will need to turn that box into a component. See this video...


Remember these steps when making a component (I prefer components over making a group): triple click an object to select all faces and lines of the object (remember 1 click selects the face of the object, a double click selects the face and the bounding box and triple click selects all of the object). Then the keyboard shortcut to make the object a component is "G". Give the component a name such as leg, or top for example. To return a component back to loose geometry, select the component, right click it and select explode.

In both videos, the user is using keyboard shortcuts. Learning keyboard shortcuts makes modeling much easier especially learning all that the mouse does. See keyboard shortcuts here:

Scroll Saw Group / The Scroll Saw Group is not Ac...
Last post by Steve - January 03, 2019, 03:58:57 am
We are not meeting due to a lack of interest. If you want for us to reform the group, please contact Steve at leuken@yahoo.com
Luthier Group / Dulcimer
Last post by vphilli01 - December 27, 2018, 01:29:01 pm
I'm starting the build of an Appalachian dulcimer if anyone wants to join me I'll be at the Woodworkers Education Center (WEC) on Monday evenings 5:00. Here's a rough list of what you will need:
Material for top 1/8" x 8.5" x 32" typically spruce or cedar but could also be mahogany or walnut
Material for back 1/8" x 8.5" x 34" typically a hardwood (cherry, walnut, maple)
Sides 1/8" x 2" x 34" matched with the back
Peghead - 2" x 1.5" x 6" hardwood typically matching the back and sides
Fretboard - 3/4" x 1.5" x 34" hardwood
Tuners - need 4 tuners either friction or geared type. These can be picked up at Amazon.com
Fret wire - 4' of narrow fretwire. LMII.com carries this as FW68 and shipping is free!
Strings - Banjo strings work well for this
Glue and scraps of wood.
SketchUp Group / The Blanket Bench Model from 1...
Last post by jeffbranch - October 21, 2018, 01:05:34 pm
I have been asked to post the SketchUp model we discussed during the 10/20/18 workshop. See the link below. This bench was designed by Mark Edmundson and from his book, Pocket Hole Joinery. Since the joinery is simple, this was a good model to teach some basic SketchUp concepts.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie Question
Last post by Murf_N_AL - August 31, 2018, 04:07:29 am
You might also try Magic City Plywood on 2nd Ave. in Birmingham.  Their primary problem is that unlike City Hardwood, you cannot look through lumber stacks, they are wholesale only.  As an AWG member, you are allowed to buy there.  They do not take checks and there is a 3% surcharge if you use a credit card.
SketchUp Group / How to make an array in Sketch...
Last post by jeffbranch - August 18, 2018, 09:10:10 am
We discussed this today in our class on dovetails where we made the shape of a dovetail pin and then copied this to achieve the total number of tails in a dovetail joint...

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