jimmy: I've been using sketchup for 2 or 3 years for woodworking designs, it is a great piece of software. All of the people on this page are very efficient and knowledgeable on the use of SU. I think I have had converstations with all of them over the years and they have always helped me through my problems. There is lots on support - so keep trying. Bruce
Marilyn from Seattle: if you want a great exercise on the bandsaw try making some bandsaw boxes. They are quick and easy to make and make really great gifts. Plus you only need the bandsaw and a sander. I just put together a PowerPoint on the steps to make bandsaw boxes which would be to large to post here but I can email it to you if you want. Take warning they do become addictive :)Bruce. I am just learning to make these myself. I have made 3 of them now, but they are fun!
I vote with the majority - small projects as gifts would be great. The chest of drawers was an excellant learning tool, however I didn't join in because I really didn't want another piece of furniture. What ever you decide will be great just from a learning aspect. Bruce
PurpLev: I downloaded the boardmaker plugin - it didn't go so well It shows up on the menu with an expansion arrow but the directory is empty. I have also now lost my dovetail plugin that I purchased from your company (I think). Any ideas. It appears that the files are in the appropriate places in the plugin directory The dovetail plugin was working until the install.