wood

Slabs From the Sawyer

I often feel like sourcing wood takes on two dissonant aspects. It can be an annoyance when I can’t find the board I’m looking for, and everything is checked, warped or has too much runout. On the other hand, I go out of my way on every vacation to visit lumberyards...

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in. hard maple on my drill press using...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 5

In Part 4 we cut three more holes in the seat and copied three more legs into position, even though it was only temporary. We created two rungs, each different in length, but the second being a simple lengthening of the other. We used the splay planes to locate the rung...

CutList Bridge 2.7 Released

SketchUp Make and Pro 2014 brought with it many improvements including the upgrade from Ruby 1.8.7 to Ruby 2.0 for its Ruby API and Plugins. Like most improvements, there are some casualties and collateral damage. I had hoped that CutList 2.6 release fixed all the SketchUp 2014 and Ruby 2.0 compatibility...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 4

In Part 3 we trimmed the leg with a compound cut so that it sat flat on the floor and was flat with the seat. We also modeled the seat and put one hole, for one leg in it. Today we are going to cut three more holes in the seat....

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 3

In Part 2 we modeled the leg, copied and position three more. But the legs extended through the floor and beyond the height of the seat. Today we are going to cut the leg to length, essentially a compound miter cut at each end. We will do this using a slicing...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 2

Today we are going to model the legs of the Shaker Stool. Modeling the legs requires close and careful attention to the compound angles and the off axis planes you will be working with. Pay close attention to details such as how construction lines are placed. We will model this leg...