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Our November issue is on it’s way to subscribers, and will be showing up on newsstands in a couple weeks. If you’re a SketchUp user, you can get a peek at the projects at the Popular Woodworking 3D Warehouse collection. These new additions bring the total of free models online to 158, and Google has added some new features to the 3D Warehouse.

You can now subscribe to our collection via RSS feed. That functions the same way as our blog feed, so when we add a new model, you will be notified. If you subscribe, you’ll be the first to know when we add a model, like yesterday’s addition of senior editor Glen D. Huey’s Shaker Workbench that was featured on the cover of our December 2007 issue.

Another new feature is that you can get a three-dimensional view of models in the collection without having to download them. Just click on the 3D block  and you can orbit around the image with your mouse as well as zoom in and out with the scroll wheel. With the addition of the Gluebo bench and Glen’s bench, our collection of free workbench models is even better.

My bench is there too, and in the 13 months it’s been available online, it has been downloaded over 8,000 times. The shot above is one more feature recently added to the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. You can search for similarly shaped models. Google searches the images on 3D Warehouse and I found it interesting and flattering that in addition to a couple other benches, two armored trucks appeared in the results.

By the way, I will be teaching a week long class about this time next year on building my bench, if you’d like to join in let me know.

–Bob Lang

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