February 5, 2014

SketchUp for Woodworking: Tips & Tricks

At the Thursday evening seminar on February 6, 2014, Randy Maxey presents some helpful hints on using SketchUp for woodworking projects. He also talks about two of his favorite SketchUp plugins:

ProfileBuilder Pro ($20) for generating moldings, routed profiles, and so much more. The free version is here.

Wudworx Dovetail ($18), Mortise & Tenon ($7), Board Maker ($18), and Drill ($18) plugins. You can purchase the entire set for $30.

Other SketchUp resources are listed below:

Download SketchUp: http://sketchup.com/

SketchUp Learn Center: http://www.sketchup.com/learn

The SketchUp Blog: http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/

The Google SketchUp Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SketchUpVideo?feature=watch

3D Warehouse of SketchUp Models uploaded by users and manufacturers: http://www.sketchup.com/products/3D-warehouse

SketchUp Plugins: Getting more out of SketchUp: http://extensions.sketchup.com/

SketchUp for Woodworkers: http://sketchupforwoodworkers.com/

Google SketchUp Help Forum: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/sketchup

Design. Click. Build. SketchUp blog by Fine Woodworking: http://www.finewoodworking.com/blog/design-click-build

Woodworking-related Plans drawn in SketchUp: http://woodgears.ca/plans.html

SketchUp Training and Resources: http://SketchUcation.com

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January 29, 2014

A Basic Router Table is All You Need

Woodsmith 20 Router Table On January 30, 2014 at the Woodsmith Store in Clive, Iowa, Randy Maxey presents a seminar on Router Table Techniques. Randy talks about his first router table he built and used for over 20 years. It was featured in Woodsmith Nos. 20 and 22. The table was originally designed to be mounted on a benchtop. Then a floor stand was designed for it that can be made out of common 2×4 stock. Click on the links below to download the plans.

Router Table

Router Table Stand

You can download a SketchUp model of the router table by clicking here:

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October 23, 2013

Fall Seminar 2013 Pocket Hole Cabinet SketchUp Model

Below is a SketchUp model of the cabinet built during the seminar on October 24th, 2013 at the Woodsmith Store in Clive, Iowa, presented by Randy Maxey. NOTE: You may need to refresh your browser window to see the model below.

Click here to download the SketchUp model.

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October 17, 2013

Fall Seminar 2013 Resources for “Restoring Old Hand Tools”

Below is a list of resources presented by Randy Maxey at the Woodsmith Store on October 17, 2013.

Materials, Supplies, and Links for Restoring Old Hand Tools

Sharpening Auger Bits

Auger File

Valve Grinding Compound

Lapping Grits

Sharpening Hand Saws

Saw Sharpening Files

Veritas Saw File Holder

Veritas Jointer/Edger

Italian Needle Files

Braces, Bits, and Yankee Drills & Drivers

Garrett Wade

Hex Bit Adapter

Screwdriver Bits

Spiral Ratcheting Drivers

General Cleaning Supplies

Wire Wheels

Safety Goggles

Dust Mask

Lacquer Thinner

Mineral Spirits

WD-40

Wash Bottles

Lightweight Oil (3-in-1)

Old Toothbrush

Cleaning Brushes (Lee Valley)

Cleaning Brushes (Woodcraft)

Dropper Bottles

Needles & Syringes (for oil)

6″ Cotton Swabs

Shop Rags

ProtecTool Wax (Lee Valley)

Restoring Hand Planes

Wet/Dry Sandpaper

Non-Woven Abrasives

Plane Tote (Handle) Templates (Lee Valley)

Veritas Replacement Blades

Pinnacle (Woodcraft) Replacement Blades

Tools for Working Wood (must search for “Stanley Replacement Blades”)

Hock Tools

Interesting Links Worth a Look

http://logancabinetshoppe.com/blog/2012/01/sharpening-auger-bits/

http://www.fine-tools.com/G-augerbitfile.html

http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html

http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/AQ-1019V.XX

http://www.norsewoodsmith.com/content/sharpening-hand-saws

http://logancabinetshoppe.com/blog/2010/12/quick-tip-7/

http://toolemera.com/

http://www.wkfinetools.com/

http://www.vintagesaws.com/

http://www.norsewoodsmith.com/

Randy’s Blog: http://cherryridgewoodworks.com/

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January 10, 2013

The Woodsmith Store 2013 Winter Seminar Schedule

JANUARY 2013 6:30  –7:30
10–Settling the Dust on Dust Collection
Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith Magazine

17–Draw Twice Cut Once with SketchUp
Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

24–Table Saws: Beyond the Basics
Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

31–Restoring Old Equipment
Vince Ancona, Managing Editor, Woodsmith Magazine

FEBRUARY 2013 6:30  –7:30
7–Layout Success
Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

21–What Wood Where Why
Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith Magazine

28–Hand Planes in the Workshop
Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

MARCH 2013 6:30  –7:30
7–Gluing Up Large Panels
Terry Zuck, Woodsmith Store Assistant Manager

14–Working with Sheet Goods
Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

21–The Making of the Woodsmith Shop TV Show
Bryan Nelson, Editor, Woodsmith & ShopNotes Magazines

28–Cabinet Transformations: A Makeover Without the Mess
Wes Clark, Owner, Clark Painting + Design

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October 10, 2012

Woodsmith Store 2012 Fall Woodworking Schedule

OCTOBER 2012 6:30-7:30
11–How to Get Started in Woodworking
Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith & ShopNotes Magazines
18–Design Fundamentals
Chris Fitch, Senior Project Designer
25–Tablesaw Basics
Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

NOVEMBER 2012 6:30-7:30
1–Router Table Techniques
Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith & ShopNotes Magazines
8–Machine-Cut Dovetails
Terry Zuck, Woodsmith Store Professional
15–Scrollsaw Holiday Ornaments
Terry Zuck, Woodsmith Store Professional
29–Frame and Panel Doors on the Router Table
Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

DECEMBER 2012 6:30-7:30
6–Mortise and Tenon Joinery
Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine
13–Decorative Turning
Andy Klindt, Artist
20–Finishing Techniques
Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

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December 27, 2011

Winter Woodworking Seminar Schedule 2012

JANUARY 6:30 – 7:30
12–Shop Layout with Jim Downing, Senior Project Designer, Woodsmith & ShopNotes Magazines
19–Tablesaw Fundamentals with Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith Magazine
26–Router Table Basics with Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

FEBRUARY 6:30 – 7:30
2–Turning Bowls with Garry Rowe, Woodsmith Store Professional
9–Basic Sharpening with Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine
16–Cabinetmaking with Pocket Hole Joinery with Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine
23–Cabinet Door Construction with Phil Huber, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

MARCH 6:30 – 7:30
1–Building Drawers with Dennis Perkins, Associate Editor, Woodsmith Magazine
8–Choosing & Using Hardware with Dave Fremming, Woodsmith Store Professional
15–Introduction to SketchUp with Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine
22–Hand Planes in the Workshop with Randy Maxey, Senior Editor, ShopNotes Magazine
29–Finishing: Faster & Better with James Bruton, Assistant Editor, ShopNotes Magazine

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October 3, 2011

Fall 2011 Woodworking Seminar Schedule

All seminars start at 6:30 in the Woodsmith Store Seminar Room

Oct 6 – Pen Turning Made Easy with Garry Rowe
Watch a demonstation on turning a stylish pen. Learn about the process, materials, and techniques used for perfect pen turning.

Oct 13 – Router Basics with Randy Maxey
Get back to basics with these routing tips and techniques. Learn a few fundamental skills that help you get perfect results with your router.

Oct 20 – Inlay Techniques with Ted DuPuy
Ted will discuss the basics of wood inlay, the differences between inlay, marquetry, and intarsia, methods, where to use inlays, the tools needed, and the process using a router and template.

Oct 27 – Best-Ever Shop Tips with Phil Huber
Learning simple tricks can make you a better woodworker and give you shop-tested ways to build great-looking projects. Discover foolproof ways to save time and money and enjoy your shop time more.

Nov 3 – Scroll Saw Basics with Terry Zuck
Terry will deliver an overall introduction to scroll sawing, including an overview of the different types of saws and blades, pattern and material selection, and fundamental techniques. You’ll walk away with helpful tips for cutting everything from precise curves and circles to sharp corners and straight lines.

Nov 10 – Making Small Boxes with Dennis Perkins
Small boxes are great projects that can really help build your woodworking skills. Dennis will cover the basics of building a small box. Techniques will include milling the lumber, joinery options, and assembly tips.

Nov 17 – Dovetail Basics with Terry Zuck
Learn the basics that lead to great-looking, tight-fitting dovetail joints. You’ll pick up great tips to help ensure your success, such as proper router setup, bit care, template selection, and determining cutting depth.

Dec 1 – Basic Turning with Garry Rowe
Learn about the tools, process, materials, and techniques used for perfect turning.

Dec 8 – Veneering Techniques with Dennis Perkins
This will be an overview of veneer, how it’s made, the different types available, and some tips for getting started with using veneer in your projects. Dennis will also talk briefly about glues and clamping techniques.

Dec 15 – Bandsaw Basics with Phil Huber
Discover how to make this compact, versatile tool do everything from circles and curves to joinery and making custom lumber for your projects.

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February 7, 2011

Winter 2011 Woodworking Seminar Schedule

All seminars start at 6:30 in the Woodsmith Store Seminar Room

Jan 20 – Making a 6-Candle Centerpiece with Randy Maxey

Jan 27 – Making a Breadboard with Phil Huber

Feb 3 – Turning a Box with Rick Hutcheson

Feb 10 – Laminated-Top Box – Part 1 with Dennis Perkins

Feb 17 – Laminated-Top Box – Part 2 with Dennis Perkins

Feb 24 – Making a Basic Band Saw Box with Murray Ellis

Mar 3 – Scroll Saw Fretwork with Rick Hutcheson

Mar 10 – Create Your Own Picture Frame Moldings with Randy Maxey

March 17 – Make Eye-Catching Turnings with Rob Wallace

March 24 – Easy-to-Build Garden Bench – Part 1 with Phil Huber

March 31 – Easy-to-Build Garden Bench – Part 2

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September 29, 2010

Fall 2010 Woodworking Seminar Schedule

It’s going to be a great seminar season!  Click on each seminar for more information.

Oct 07 – Pocket Hole Jig Tips & Techniques with Randy Maxey

Oct 14 – Table Saw Tune Up with Phil Huber

Oct 21 – 3 Easy Steps to a Perfect Finish with Bill Leightner

Oct 28 – Creating Perfect Mortise & Tenons on the Leigh FMT with Terry Zuck

Nov 04 – Resawing on a Band Saw with Phil Huber

Nov 11 – Getting the Most from Hand Planes with Randy Maxey

Nov 18 – Scroll Saw Tips & Techniques with Rick Hutcheson

Dec 02 – Turning Holiday Ornaments with Chuck Dowler

Dec 09 – Furniture Repair: Tips & Techniques with Ron Stookey

Dec 16 – Pen Turning Made Easy with Garry Rowe

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