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. You can also get "The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" directly from me:
  2. This one: Is a great comprehensive reference and used copies can be found for a few bucks. It's a school text book but it goes through almost every process, machine and tool in woodworking. The photos are dated, but the information is solid.
  3. Cabinet construction book

    It's just that simple. Thanks!
  4. Cabinet construction book

    All the print books I sell are signed by me. Also put in the envelope and carried down to the post office by me. I can't compete with Amazon on price, so I do my best. As an author, it's a big plus to sell books directly. When it comes to getting paid, the author is last in line and gets the smallest slice of the pie.
  5. Cabinet construction book

    You can also get the "Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" directly from the author. (that's me)
  6. wedge-shape mortice within stretcher

    The geometry in SketchUp is connected, sticky and stretchy. Most of the time we don't want that, so we make pieces into components. To make the wedge shaped mortise the stickiness and stretchiness becomes an asset. Make a rectangle on one face, sized to the larger dimensions of the mortise and use Push/Pull to create a rectangular hole. Then move individual lines to make the narrow end of the mortise. Connected lines and faces will change in size to stay connected to the lines you move.
  7. French curve

    After you install a plugin from the extension warehouse, there is "My Extensions" available from the box in the upper right corner, if you're signed in. You can disable and uninstall extensions from the list that appears. If you have access to a scanner, you can create an image file from your hand-drawn sketch, and import that image into SketchUp. Then you can scale the image to its real-life size and trace over it to create SketchUp geometry. Thanks for the kind words about my book.
  8. French curve

    If you're using a newish version of SketchUp, go to the Window menu and select "Extension Warehouse". There is a search box at the top of the window where you can enter "Curves" or "Bezier Curves". Each Plug In has its own page where you can get more information about what it does, how it does it and how well other users like it. Installation is a simple as clicking the "Install" button on the extension's page. I use the "Bezier Curve Tool" from the SketchUp team. It's OK, but I don't need to use it very often. Some of the others available look worth exploring.
  9. Caution with Purchased Furniture Plans

    Just curious, do you have any gap at the top or in between the two drawers? In any case, double-checking published plans is always a good idea before you build. It's really easy to make an error when dimensioning a drawing, especially if you're trying to include gaps between finished parts. I always lay out the dimensions full size on a piece of wood before cutting, even if I'm working from my own drawing. Bob Lang
  10. laminating white oak onto mdf

    Best practice would be to balance the panels with the same material on both sides of the mdf, or to use thinner stuff for the show faces for the panels that go on the wall. If it were me I would use 1/8"-3/16" pieces. Whether or not the back is needed, (or would help) depends on how the panels are attached to the wall. You question makes it sound like the finished product will appear to be 3" wide planks, not panels in a frame. If that's the goal however, why make the panels with the mdf substrate? 3" wide, 7/8" thick pieces with a tongue on one long edge and a groove on the other sounds easier to me.
  11. Sizing tolerances

    Whatever variation you have in your milled stock will show up in your finished work. It's nice to think that errors will cancel each other out, but the opposite is true. They will gather together in the most visible place. The closer tolerances you can work to, the easier things will be in following steps. This is just a guess, but it sounds like your jointer is producing tapered cuts.
  12. Which woodworking school in the US ?

    What is your goal in going to school? Each one is on a spectrum from preparing students to work in industrial positions to preparing students to starve as artisans (unless there is a trust fund or a partner with a good income in the picture).
  13. Rasp questions

    Follow the rasp with a card scraper. That shaves off the hills left by the rasp. Bob Lang
  14. wood species

    Sorry for the delay in responding. When you have a texture on a loose face, right-click and select "Texture/Position" from the menu. The colored grips that appear let you scale the material. Bob
  15. Roundover on Knob

    Try increasing the number of segments in your circles/arcs. Not sure if that's the issue, but that's what I would try. Bob