JeffBranch

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  1. JeffBranch

    Selling plans

    You may want to check out sawtoothideas.com. I have plans for sell there.
  2. JeffBranch

    Wood working Shows

    I went to IWF in Atlanta a few years ago. There were some vendors suited to the hobbiest woodworker: Sawstop, Powermatic/Jet, Lee Valley/Veritas, General, Kreg, a few others, but as Micks says there were a lot of large scale production related equipment manufacturers there. Lots of CNC stuff. It is a monster size show though.
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    New Woodworking Plan using SketchUp

    Deefstes, that's interesting and a pretty good look. I just dread learning another complicated software product like a render program. May just stick with what I am doing and try to do some things with Illustrator. Thanks for the conversation.
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    New Woodworking Plan using SketchUp

    Deefstes, that is pretty slick and your model looks very accurate when compared to mine. I know what you mean about keeping the images more like illustrations vs. photo realistics. I experimented in this woodworking plan with opacity settings to obtain a xray like view of specific components while keeping other components non-xray. I suspect you can't do that with a render program. Note the image in the upper left on page 8. I want to explore being able to do that better.
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    New Woodworking Plan using SketchUp

    Chief - Thanks, I will look into a SketchUp only plan for this table. Never done that before. Deefstes - Thank you, I look for really good wood images, get one face the way I want it, then use the eye dropper tool within the paint bucket to make the grain continue onto other faces. I then copy a component which already looks good and use it where possible on new components. Just how I do it; there is probably a better way. How hard is POVRay to learn?
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    New Woodworking Plan using SketchUp

    Thanks WTN. I am thinking of using a rendering program such as Kerkythea to get photo quality renderings. I have many old ww projects to draw from which I never took photos of.
  7. I am not the only one who uses SketchUp to create woodworking plans, but I also use several other programs to make them as close to magazine quality as I can. With this plan, I began using Photoshop to enhance the images output from SketchUp Pro. See the plan at Issuu.com here: http://issuu.com/jeffbranch/docs/apartment-dining-table-1108141 Download the plan from my blog here: https://jeffbranch.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/apartment-dining-table-1108141.pdf I will soon start my next plan; a main goal is to make it even more magazine like. Thanks for looking, Jeff
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    How best to learn Sketchup?

    For me, the best way to start using SketchUp for woodworking, quickly, is to get a DVD. Two are very good and one is down right cheap. From Bob Lang: http://readwatchdo.com/2011/08/woodworkers-guide-to-sketchup-video-preview/ From Dave Richards: http://www.tauntonstore.com/fw-google-sketchup-basics-fwg0001.html I have both and use both when I run into a problem. Dave's DVD is excellent and at $12.95, it is well worth the money. Jeff http://jeffbranch.wordpress.com/my-sketchup-models/
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    sketch up learning tool

    First, I would go to the WoodWhisperer SketchUp videos - they are very good and free... http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/?category_name=sketchup-video Second, Fine Woodworking produced a video only product which should be perfect for what you describe. You can watch the video and then do what Dave Richards teaches. The download is currently only $12.95 which is cheap in my opinion. Well worth the money and a great teaching product... http://www.tauntonstore.com/fw-google-sketchup-basics-fwg0001.html
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    portable folding woorkbench/table

    I have been following the construction of an apartment workbench at Close Grain... http://www.closegrain.com/2014/01/apartment-workbench-part-4.html
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    Digital needs for woodworkers

    A unique option for tablets is IdeaRoom, an app (also available for PC users) at Sawtooth Ideas.com. The software is somewhat like a SketchUp viewer but has additional options like exploding the model of the project and even isolating specific components revealing dimensions. It is pretty cool. There are several Woodwhisperer plans available via IdeaRoom. http://www.sawtoothideas.com
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    Freud Double Sided Laminate / Melamine Blade

    I used this blade on a recent project and the cut with melamine was excellent - no chipping, nice crisp edge. It also did really well with plexiglass.
  13. Mine is a lathe also. I got one with a duplicator and everything. Made one project and then it sat in the corner of my shop for about a year. I then sold it and bought a jointer.
  14. Ditto on what Cessna Pilot Barry said.
  15. JeffBranch

    Fixing Blotchy Birch

    I recently built a bed out of pine and used Charles Neil's pre-stain conditioner. I did not apply it perfectly and had some dark streaks after applying a medium brown stain. This was limited to the foot board. I sanded it down and started over. I was able to repeat the process with conditioner and stain, but the sanding caused additional problems. In my opinion, I think your finish looks fine, especially the second photo - I like the color variation and you have done a good job with the finish. I'd leave it alone. But, if you insist on a more even color, I'd go the route of a gel stain and avoid sanding or lightening the finish. To me that would be hard to do without causing further problems. Good luck! Jeff