Bob Lang

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    Former executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, Author of "Woodworker's Guide to SketchUp", "Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture" and other books. One of the founding partners of 360 WoodWorking, currently writing, teaching and building independently.

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  1. I think "Woodworker's Guide to SketchUp" is valid for learning SketchUp in any of its variations, but where the desktop versions of SketchUp give you several ways to access commands the cloud version has limited options. SketchUp is SketchUp and the basics of using it haven't changed since I first published my book in 2010, or updated it in 2015. I've been meaning to update again, but Adobe has thrown a curve for embedding the videos in the PDF and I juggle a lot of things. For what it's worth I recommend the last free desktop version of SketchUp to learn the software before investing in
  2. Yes you can. It all depend on getting the right point of view, removing perspective and creating a scene for each view. Brief explanation here:
  3. Late to the party, but to answer the original question, scan the drawings from the book and save as an image file. In SketchUp you can import the image into the model and scale it to it's actual size. It's a great way to turn a 2D plan into a 3D model. When I do this I add a line to the image and make the line and image a Group. Right-click on a group and you can lock it. That keeps it from being selected when you trace lines over it. The beauty of SketchUp is you build a 3D model so you know everything fits. Then you can extract any form of 2D information -- like plans, elevations or sec
  4. Andy is now running a high school wood shop program in Oregon.
  5. The bed in my book "Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture" is shown in two widths; the originals were twins and I also included an adaptation to make it a modern queen size. Credit for the square punches goes to my friend Darrell Peart. I used to use an old chisel from a hollow chisel mortiser until Lee Valley began producing Darrell's punches.
  6. Whatever hinge you use I highly recommend that you make a mock-up to be sure it will work. The knife hinges move the pivot point past the face of the door, but you have to get them in the correct place to ensure that it opens the way you want it to. They should swing until the door hits the cabinet. Another alternative is a "Parliament Hinge" that also moves the pivot point forward. Personally I would add a 3/8"-1/2" strip on the outside of the door and use butt hinges, that's a common solution in Arts & Crafts f
  7. F+W, the parent company of Popular Woodworking has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.
  8. 3D Warehouse is your friend. Search for "woodworking machines" or "dust collection".
  9. Anything and everything made out of wood that is custom made and isn't cabinets. Moldings, paneling, doors, fireplaces, etc.
  10. If you go that route you need to click with the paint bucket on each line you want to change, after clicking on one of the thumbnails in the Materials window. The pick box on that tool is pretty small, hard to see if you're older than 50. A less tedious solution might be to select the last item in the drop down list "color by axis" That applies the axis colors to lines in an axis direction. That doesn't give you control over specific lines.
  11. For me the best thing about SketchUp is its versatility. I can quickly explore a concept, see it from any angle and show what the concept will look like to someone who doesn't understand technical drawings. I think of this as a cleaner version of a "napkin sketch". That doesn't take long and unlike a hand drawn sketch, the model can be changed, copied and modified so that I (or my client) can compare different versions side by side, again from any point of view. I can then take that concept sketch and use parts of it to generate an accurate, detailed model without much fuss. From a comple
  12. There are a couple of melamine specific glues available, one made by titebond and one called roo glue. They work very well to stick melamine to solid wood or melamine to melamine. Not really good for anything else.
  13. Late to the party here. There are currently four versions of SketchUp available, two of them are "free for personal use". SketchUp Make, the previous "free" version is no longer being updated annually with SketchUp Pro. But the last iteration "SketchUp Make 2017" is still available for download, and according to the folks at SketchUp it will continue to be available in the future. The link is a little hard to find, but it is here: The new web-based version is "SketchUp Free". I'm not a big fan of web-based software, but "Free" works pretty well, and i
  14. Cabinetmaking and Millwork is one of the best woodworking books ever. It was a standard text for high school and college shop classes and it is very comprehensive. A great reference for situations where you aren't sure of the best way to do something -- it's probably in there. When I worked at Popular Woodworking I used to joke that every technique article, jig or trick published in woodworking magazines in the last 40 years can be traced back to this book. I wasn't kidding.
  15. You can also get "The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" directly from me: