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Several years ago I read the "Workshop in an Island" article and was enthralled by it.  As a woman (and an old one at that) I found it hard to be carrying heavy lumber all over the shop so the...



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Re: UPDATE: In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker by Darrell Peart

I've taken a few courses by Darrell and I'm signed up for another. He's a great teacher. I loved his first book (which I have), a companion book would be great

Re: Walnut Version of the Arts and Crafts Hayrake table

Very nice!!!

Re: Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component

Hi again Tim,
I think the penny dropped. I didn't realize you had to create those layers yourself. So I did that but when I highlighted the dimensions in layer 0 and went to the layers box, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "select perspective......." Do you mean I should click on the little circle? Because when I did that nothing seemed to happen.

Re: Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component

Tim,

sorry I still don't get it. On page 131 of your ebook in figure 16, the layers box that you show looks different from what I get. You show a number of options ie.detail view dim/t, perspective view dim/t etc. I don't get those options even though I have created a scene for a leg and placed in the overall dimensions.

Re: Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component

Hello Tim,

I'm just getting to the part about creating layers for dimensioning and I'm a little confused about your directions here and in your book. Specifically, "...click on the Layer Dialogue Box and check off which text/dimension layer is applicable". When I open the layers box from the Window menu I don't have any "text/dimension layer" choices to click on. The only thing I have in that box are name, visible and color columns. Above that are plus/minus circles and an arrow on the right which gives two choices: purge or color by layer. I have a Mac. Is that the problem and if so what do I do about it? Thanks Timberlady

Re: SketchUp 8 M2 Released

/Users/customer/Desktop/G & G storage bed 2.skp

Dave, I hope what I've sent you is the right thing. In the first drawing of the bed (this is the second version), I fixed the centre lower drawer but if you zoom in on the other two you can see how they have shifted. I'm not sure how you will be able to tell what's happening but give it a shot and thanks. You guys are soooo helpful. Barb

Re: SketchUp 8 M2 Released

I installed the version 8.0.4810 of SU when I got the "new version available" pop up last week and I seem to have weird things happening. Several times when I've been working on a design my tools stop working. I finally figured out that that it was "deselecting" itself as if I had gone into another program or file and I have to click it at the top to reselect it. As well, I notice components have moved and I have not moved them. Just now, while "installing" pegs in a set of drawers and being zoomed in I noticed that the lower drawer was not aligned with the upper. Upon checking I found that all three bottom drawers had shifted to the left 1/8". I have not selected the drawer component for several days. Has anyone else noticed any problems?

Re: Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

Dave, thank you so much. I got it!!! In fact you can get two components on six pages full size. I made a version 1/2 the length of both the top rail and mid rail which are symmetrical and bundled them close together. I did it. Very cool. You are right though about the fiddling but as I'm just making this for me and have lots of time it is hard to justify the cost of the Pro version. And yes, Tim's pdf came back to me almost before I sent it.

Re: Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

Thanks to both of you for your feedback. Tim, I've sent you the .skp. Dave, sorry I was not clear about the short dimension. That was the smallest I could get the screen to go without making the whole thing smaller. The actual dimension of the rail is about 55" long and only about 3" high so the rest was just empty space. I liked your info in the printing templates blog and will try that. I know I asked you in my comment on that blog but I'll ask again. What is the context menu? I can't tell you both how much I appreciate your help. Thanks again

Re: Printing Templates--Two Approaches

Hello again Dave, I just read your blog and I'm a little confused about the "zoom extents" thing. The only one I can find on my Mac is the one in the camera menu/toolbar. What is the "context menu"?

Re: Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

Hello Dave,
Thank you for responding so quickly. I think I've got it figured out but it does seem to use a lot of pages. What I'm trying to make a template of is the cloud lift rail on the top of the headboard and footboard. It's about 55 inches long and I can only resize the window to give me a drawing 54 3/8"w x 26 3/4"h. If I try to make the height smaller the scene gets smaller and if I do the "zoom extents" thing it just goes back to the zoomed out view of all the scenes. At this size the number of pages required is 24. Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems as though grouping several components to make up the height would make it less wasteful. My other thought was to just make a template 1/2 the length of the rail which would require less than 30". I think I saw your blog and just skipped through it, but I'll look at it again. Thanks

Re: Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates

Hello Tim, I haven't spoken to you for a while because your last explanations to me were great and I've been getting along fine. Now however I need your help again.
I'm designing a G&G bed with storage drawers below. It will be a double size version of the Gamble bed. I've drawn the head and footboards and made scenes of the cloud lifts in each piece. My problem is how do I print full sized templates? In your chapter on templates I got up to the "print set up for Macintosh" but not beyond. I can't figure out where the "restore down" button is on my Mac. The red, yellow, and green buttons you refer to on the Mac are close, minimize and enlarge respectively, I can't restore down with any of them. Can you help?

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Hello again Tim,
I have a question about the computer desk, but I think it will apply to almost any drawing. Several components have the same joinery but are different sizes. Is there any way to adapt a component so you don't have to do the same joinery all over again? One other question and it may be related. How is "make unique" different than exploding an existing component and making a new one? Thanks
Timberlady.

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Hello again Tim,
I have another question. Before I bought your book, I was attempting (without much luck) to design an L shaped computer desk in the Greene and Greene style. I was feeling confident enough after the first nine chapters to try again. Now the problem I'm having is, having constructed the post component and placing copies (there are 10, 8 in a row 20 inches apart (wide) & various distances lengthwise and the other 2 on the bottom of the L) I'm not sure how to orient them so they mirror each other. I know how to use the flip along function and can mirror the first four in the long row but do I have the next 2 mirror the second two, the final two mirror the third two and the short L two, who do they mirror? Hope I haven't confused you too much. I'd send you a copy of the drawing but I don't know how. Barb

Re: Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints

Thanks Tim for the clarification. I accept your comment that the "back" is not a stretcher, and although it matters not one iota, and if you can stand one more stupid question, why is it not called a stretcher? I am enjoying your book so much, and have learned so much, I'm very happy you published it. It's the best!!!. Barb

Re: Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints

Tim,

I'm glad to learn that the tenons on the stretchers are 11/16 long. When I got to making the mortices I couldn't understand. There is one other thing though I still am not getting. At step 20 on pg. 50 you indicate the tenons on the back stretcher are different from the front stretcher. I don't see how that can be. Are you speaking of the lower back stretcher or the upper back stretcher? Barb

Re: Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

Hi Tim, I guess I got onto this site first and then onto another site which seemed to be your blog and asked the same question. There were several other people responding to your new book and you were responding back so I asked the same question. Then after reading some of your responses and those of others, I was able to proceed. But I'm sure I will have more questions. I just want to say though, that by and large your instructions are great and I've found that even if I screw up all I have to do is click on the little "undo" button and try again. The other thing that is great is that the opportunity to annotate in the book. Brilliant idea!! It makes it easy to fix the little bugs. Great job. Barb

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Tim,
back again. After writing that last note, I read your response to ScottSh and selected the top and edit component. I fiddled a bit (like Scott?) and did figure it out. I've been "designing" with Sketchup for some time but, your book so far has made it a much more pleasant experience. And that's an understatement!!!!!
I'm sure I'll be back. Thanks Tim. Barb

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Tim, I just purchased your ebook and have learned so much in the first six chapters I'm thrilled!!! However, like ScottSh, I too got stuck on step 4 in chapter seven. Unfortunately, unlike him, I was not able to work it out. I don't understand where I am to trace the lines "to form the tongue and shoulder..." and when I try and then use the push pull tool nothing is highlighted and the tool indicates it can't be used (a circle with a slash). What am I doing wrong???? Hope you can help me. Thanks Barb

Re: Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

I just purchased an ecopy of Tim's book and learned a huge amount in the first three chapters. However, I got to the first project in chapter seven and got stuck on step four. Is there anyone to ask questions to about this stuff?

Re: Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

I agree it's a good quiz. However I was surprised that the fact there was no blade guard in place was not included as a no no.



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