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SketchUp Group / How to add realistic materials to your SketchUp model
« Last post by JeffBranch on February 09, 2019, 09:57:53 AM »
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Resources / Would like to make a donation
« Last post by KeithB on January 22, 2019, 02:14:32 PM »
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.


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SketchUp Group / How to draw a box in SketchUp, then make it a component
« Last post by JeffBranch on January 19, 2019, 12:06:18 PM »
A good video on how to use the rectangle tool enabling you to draw a box which could represent lumber or plywood, etc.

https://youtu.be/WtF8YtX-Tf8

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

https://youtu.be/8MZzth3JHi0

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:

https://www.sketchup.com/quick-reference-cards/sketchup-2018/en
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Scroll Saw Group / The Scroll Saw Group is not Active
« Last post by Steve on January 03, 2019, 08:58:57 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
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Luthier Group / Dulcimer
« Last post by vphilli01 on December 27, 2018, 06:29:01 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.
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SketchUp Group / The Blanket Bench Model from 10/20/18 Workshop
« Last post by JeffBranch on October 21, 2018, 06:05:34 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.

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/64c8bd03-a484-40de-a9fc-236e8dcb3fc0/Blanket-Bench
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General Discussion / Re: Newbie Question
« Last post by Murf_N_AL on August 31, 2018, 09:07:29 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.
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SketchUp Group / How to make an array in SketchUp (multiple even spaced copies)
« Last post by JeffBranch on August 18, 2018, 02:10:10 PM »
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...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7jE2XpCnkg
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SketchUp Group / Saw Till SketchUp Model
« Last post by JeffBranch on August 18, 2018, 07:27:04 AM »
Go to the link below to download the model for the SketchUp workshop.

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/08f29b67-5cc7-4605-85ff-f33e116bf7a0/Saw-Till
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SketchUp Group / How to make dovetails in SketchUp
« Last post by JeffBranch on August 18, 2018, 07:22:22 AM »
Making dovetails in SketchUp requires a lot of layout using the tape measure tool and the protractor tool. Doing this is much like you would do in the workshop. Here are two videos which show you how...

https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/dovetails-sketchup-easier-think

This one is video and shows an extension I use called Wudworx...

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/03/22/dovetails-sketchup-easy-way
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