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Luthier Group / Guitar build Project
« Last post by vphilli01 on June 30, 2018, 06:52:18 AM »
There have been a lot of interest expressed in building an acoustic guitar. I'll post the progress of the group here along with any tips and jigs.
Here is the workboard that everyone made to get started. I call it a universal workboard because you use dowels (1.25") with a hanger bolt and wing nut inserted in the slots to outline the guitar profile you are building.

Here's the book we are using as our guide.
Guitar Making Traditions and Technology by William Cumpiano

SketchUp Group / Using Match Photo
« Last post by JeffBranch on April 22, 2018, 09:42:56 AM »
Want to model something from a photo? The link below will take you to two resources showing how to do this.

Dave Richards at Fine
SketchUp Live - Josh and Aaron:
SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by vankirkg on April 21, 2018, 12:28:12 PM »
Hey folks!  The URL for the $41 license is  I wrote down  I probably heard it wrong.  I tried it and it works.   Looks like just an extension to the Guild URL.

SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by JeffBranch on April 21, 2018, 07:26:37 AM »
Thanks for the instructions on this. I have gone through this process of converting a pro version to Make, I would not have been able to remember the steps.
SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by vankirkg on April 18, 2018, 05:35:12 AM »
Word is we'll talk about the $41 licenses at the Saturday 0800 meeting.  Please be there along with anyone else you know who is interested.  I know one other person, so that's four of us.  They're looking for a count, so I'm sure it will be at least another month till the licenses for Pro are available.

Meanwhile, I'm using Sketchup Make successfully with no problems opening files made in Sketchup Pro.  Only thing I notice is that some of the tools, ones I don't need, are grayed out.  Also, the Warehouse is probably lacking which I will need soon.

SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by psmith on April 17, 2018, 12:51:18 PM »
Thanks for the info!  Just bought a new laptop this week for the main purpose of downloading and installing Sketch-Up.
Any idea when the Guide might offer Sketch-Up Pro again?
SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by vankirkg on April 17, 2018, 04:23:54 AM »
After using Sketchup Pro for 30 days and making LOTS of model files, my Pro version 30-day trial ran out in the middle of some critical work.  I just spent 2 hours trying to continue in Sketchup Make after an uninstall of Pro and download/install of Make.  So here's some tips on the process.  First, Pro DOES NOT revert to Make automatically!  Not even close.  Second, after an uninstall of Pro and a loading of Make 2017, here is the MOST IMPORTANT step of the process.  Go read this Sketchup Community forum page,  Buried down in the page is the operation whereby you change and save the Sketchup.lic file using Notepad and then launch Sketchup.  Then, and than the Pro license page you'll be taken to the Sketchup Make page!   

So I'm back in business with Make and looking forward to getting back on Pro when the Guild gets us a another round of the $41 licenses.

Hope this helps some poor soul save a couple hours of toil....

Hand Tool Group / Re: Planning a Visit to Hand Tool Group
« Last post by TerrenceJames on April 03, 2018, 04:04:46 PM »
This is a very late reply to the post, but for others who may have the same question, the Hand Tool Workshop is not a class, per se. You can come when you want and stay as long as you like. Its not necessary to come every week, but you'll want to. If you have a project to work on, bring it and we can help as much as you might need. If you just want to come visit, you are most welcome to do so.

Typically, a new member of the group will just hang out the first couple of times they come. We will pair you up with people based on your interests and experience. But we can teach you hand tool basics, tool restoration, sharpening techniques, project planning and how to read wood grain, etc. If you have tools, bring them. But if you don't we generally have most of what you may need and you can use ours. If you have a project in mind, we can help you get started. If not, we have a number of projects that are fun and useful. Build a tool tote, or a shooting board, or a bench hook.

I have been a woodworker my whole life, but in the two years I have been coming to this workshop I have learned more than the rest of my life put together. Its a fun group and very welcoming of new members. I will never be a 100% hand tool woodworker although there are members who are. But learning the old-school methods and tools will make you a better woodworker regardless of how much you may use power tools. I am warning you: it's addictive...

SketchUp Group / Re: How to download a free version of SketchUp Make 2017
« Last post by vankirkg on March 19, 2018, 05:19:06 AM »
I attended the SketchUp meeting last Saturday and am really excited about adding this capability!  I downloaded the 2017 version and am watching the SketchUp tutorials on the SketchUp YouTube channel.  They're good enough at the moment.  The free SketchUp version I have is actually a 30-day trial so I have 29 days left to produce some product for a job I'm doing.  It's a master bedroom closet system.  I'm finding a lot of YouTubes along the same line I'm pursuing.

I spoke with Dave Erickson about the Guild rate for SketchUp licenses (at $41 I think?).  Dave mentioned getting hold of you about that.  I'd sure like to have one of those licenses before I run out of free trial.

Any suggestions?

Thx.  George Van Kirk
SketchUp Group / SketchUp Quick Reference Cards
« Last post by JeffBranch on March 17, 2018, 12:05:30 PM »
See the link below for the free SketchUp Quick Reference Cards for Windows and Mac. These reference cards have all the keyboard shortcuts (ex: "M" activates the move tool) and all the options for each tool like combining the control or command keys with keyboard shortcuts...
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