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. Bob Lang

    What type of hinge would you use

    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 furniture where the doors are set back from the other elements on the face of the cabinet..
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    Popular Woodworking

    F+W, the parent company of Popular Woodworking has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.
  3. Bob Lang

    Looking for Sketchup Shop plans

    3D Warehouse is your friend. Search for "woodworking machines" or "dust collection".
  4. Bob Lang

    What is architectural millwork?

    Anything and everything made out of wood that is custom made and isn't cabinets. Moldings, paneling, doors, fireplaces, etc.
  5. Bob Lang

    Sketcup line color?

    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.
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    Sketchup vs. ??

    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 completed model I can generate any type of 2 dimensional output in the form of measured drawings or artistic renderings. The model contains complete information about each and every part, and I can retrieve that information to generate an accurate cutlist with a few clicks of the mouse. There are methods and other software programs that do some of these things, but SketchUp is the most complete solution to design/engineering/problem-solving/presentation/project management.
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    Attaching to Melamine

    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.
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    Sketchup 2018

    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 is improving on a regular basis. SketchUp Pro has all the bells and whistles; solid tools that let you make one part of a joint from an existing part with a couple of clicks, and an additional program called "LayOut" that makes printing easier in general and gives the ability to create professional looking prints. You can also import and export vector graphics files from SketchUp Pro. To get SketchUp Pro you pay an initial license fee (currently $695). There is an annual fee (currently about $120) that keeps you up to date and access to support. A couple of weeks ago, "SketchUp Shop" was announced. It is the web-based software with several of the Pro features included. It costs $120/year for a subscription.
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    Starting to understand

    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.
  10. You can also get "The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" directly from me:
  11. 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.
  12. Bob Lang

    Cabinet construction book

    It's just that simple. Thanks!
  13. Bob Lang

    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.
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    Cabinet construction book

    You can also get the "Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker" directly from the author. (that's me)
  15. Bob Lang

    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.