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Re: Printing Patterns for Templates

I tried your suggestion but the result did not change the outcome. However, your suggestion answered my second question about how to get a scene from a large .skp file into a template.
I just noticed that the notice:
Registration marks will be added to your drawing..." does not appear even though the part size is larger than a letter size sheet. Is there some way that the program is not interpreting my dimensions correctly? Or, that it is not "seeing" the object?

Re: Printing Patterns for Templates

I installed the extension gk_Postscript_plot into the free version of Sketchup 8 and it appears to run without error. However when I look at the .ps files with Ghostview all that is in them is the text. There are no figures or alignment marks. For a test, my part is just a flat sheet 7/8 inch thick, 64 inches long and 36 inches wide. The 7/8 inch and 36 inch dimensions are along the blue and red axes respectively in Front view and Parallel Projection. Can you suggest what I might do to diagnose the problem?
Also, it apears to me that gk_Postscript_plot converts the entire .skp file to a .ps version. Is there a way to copy a single part, such as a table leg, from a single scene in an .skp with many scenes into a separate .skp file to create the .ps file for just the template?

Re: Recognizing a Reader

You are welcome to use my blog comments as a review of the book.

Re: Cleaning-up After an Intersection

I wish I had seen this earlier. I discovered some of the tricks you describe by painful trial and error over many hours of stressful work.

Re: SawStop inventor Steve Gass defends the latest tablesaw verdicts

All of the comments are interesting but will not have any effect on the CPSC unless they are made in the official comment period to the Commission. How can we get our input in to them? What is the website or mail address?

Re: Blade brake inventor aims to compete with SawStop

I agree with AuroraWoodworks. I would not waste money on this idea. As he points out the blade makes 10 full revolutions in 130 milliseconds. That is pleanty of time to cut some flesh and bone. It just gives the user a false sense of security. Besides, in cases where you are ripping narrow stock close to the fence you cannot have a blade guard in place. I will continue to use my existing blade guard and riving knife as often as possible and always think through any situations where the saw might pose a threat to my safety.

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

Ed Pirnik:
Based on the strong interest in this issue, I propose that Fine Woodworking act as a coordinator to urge all members of FWW forums to weigh in on the decision making process of the CPSC when the time period opens for public comments. This is the best way to ensure that the CPSC does not go off half cocked. I agree with the sentiments of many of the responders here who feel that we are not yet at the point of choosing the most cost effective technology for improving table saw safety.

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

I am having trouble with chapter 9 step 35 and associated figure 39 for the long tenons on the tabletop bread board ends. It appears to me that you are missing the dimensions of the width of the middle tenon and the right hand tenon as well as the space between the middle tenon and the right hand tenon. Am I missing something?

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

I wanted to start a new string but don't see how to do it. Would that be the right thing to do or do you want this string to continue on with further questions? In any case I am running into a problem creating the elongated holes described in chapter 9, step 30 on page 54. You say in the text:
"When you copy the hole, you may see that the copy doesn’t appear to go through the frame component; all you will see is the outline of the hole. To fix that, zoom in very close to the hole and trace over a small part of the hole outline. You should then be able to click on the hole and eliminate the bogus face. Do the same on the opposite face of the frame component to clear the hole."

I have tried all variations I can think of but the hole does not appear to go through. It looks fine in x-ray view but not shaded. Can you clarify what needs to be done further?

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Thank you for the clarification. I now can get the rotation to work. I will send you my model for comment on why I was unable to edit the components as you suggest in Chapter 7, step 4. I would prefer to use your method rather than creating many layers if I can understand how to make it work.

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

I have been using Sketchup for about 6 months having learned it from online tutorials and Sketchup Forums and went through the book pretty quickly until chapter 7 where I have had a lot of difficulty. I am using Sketchup 8 for this work. From the comments here I see that others have had similar problems. In particular, beginning on page 34 in step 4, I was unable to create the tongue and groove joints in the top and side until I had physically separated them using the Move tool. I ran into this same problem in several places later on in the chapter. One idea that I have found useful is to make multiple layers with like components on the same layer. That way you can only have the parts that you are working on visible and the others invisible. For the magazine rack, ther would be a top, bottom, side, skirt and partition layer. Then you don't have to keep moving pieces around. The only drawback of this is that you have to be always aware of which layer you are drawing on.
Also on page 36 near the end of step 10 I was unable to carry out the rotation of the cutout as you suggest using the move tool as it would only let me rotate around the red axis. I had to use the Rotate tool to be able to rotate around the necessary green axis.
If you have any suggestions about what I might have done wrong in these cases, I would appreciate hearing them.

Re: Building and Using a Simple Plane Stop

How did you make the bench dog with the square top? Is a square shape better than a round one?

Re: Cutlists are a waste of space

I agree with Magerback and deHardy-post the cutlist online.

Re: Winner Chosen for Tablesaw Safety Tip Challenge

Make a mark on top of the fence with permanent marker indicating the start of the table insert and never allow your hands to go beyond that mark.

Re: Design. Click. Build. Has a New Home!

Where has the archive gone? The link you give no longer goes there

Re: 10 Ways to Avoid Shop Fires

It would be a good idea to keep all flammables such as varnish, paint thinner, shellac, etc. in an approved metal container.

Re: Personalizing Your SketchUp Settings

This is a good addition. I think it would be useful for you to refer to your earliest personalization advice in the archive of 25 April 2007 as well. It is really useful for getting the tools set up.

Re: Hand v. Power Tool Showdown: Watch it Live Online Nov. 12

I don't think a hand sander is the proper comparison to a handplane. A power jointer would be the correct power tool. I agree with other commenters that speed is not the issue in Fine Woodworking. It is using the proper tool for the job at hand.

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