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I try to use Sketchup for designing my flat work; I know it's often faster to use paper and pencil. But, what I like about Sketchup is the ability to create a cutlist from the "Cutlist" extension. That way I can get a more accurate idea of the amount of materials necessary for the project, but the last couple of projects designs left me scratching my head as to why the cutlist didn't show what I thought the correct layout should be. A few of our oldest deck pieces had finally given up the ghost. Using their design, this is a leg I needed to create new tables that looked like the old ones- The dimensions of the leg were 2.5"w x 1.5"t x approx 14" L. The cutlist, however indicated I would need this to make one leg! Notice the blue "bounding box" Sketchup placed around the leg. The leg is diagonal. The blue box surrounds the entire "area". Cutlist interpret the material size as the entire blue bounding box. I knew I was doing something wrong so, knowing "Google is my friend", I went searching for the answer. What I discovered was that the "axis" of the part needed changed so that Sketchup and Cutlist both looked at the part and its' orientation. The Sketchup leg after changing the axis. Notice the blue bounding box is only selecting the actual piece. The cutlist diagram is also now correct. Much better! Sketchup provides a native tool for making these "adjustments". Rather than trying to describe the process, here is a video from Joe Zeh ( http://www.srww.com/ ) at Swamp Road Wood Works. Mr. Zeh is a great source for Sketchup information. I love Sketchup!
40 years ago I made a grandfather clock from a kit from emperor clock. I had few tools and no way to cut miter angles. I got it together and it has worked fine for nearly 40 years. I ordered a new mechanism to replace the old one. Today I installed, or I should say we did. I have large clumsy bent hands/fingers and she has tiny hands/fingers. All went exceptionally well and I told her she was no longer needed. Then the center chain came off its sprocket just as I put it in place. If you know much about these clocks, the hardest thing to do is get into a tiny area and remove a jammed chain. After removing the movement and struggling 15/20 minutes We got it back and I installed the movement. It needs a lot of adjustment, but it is working. I stopped the pendulum and am going to delay adjusting. My hands were shaking and my patience had worn awfully thin. It is hard to believe, but the new movement was slightly cheaper than the on I got 40 years ago. Before I put the new one in, I used synthetic oil to lube it. I was told by a clock repair expert the this oil can last up to 8 year in a clean air atmosphere.
Good Evening Friends, Since I have been a woodworker for soon to be 69 years and now the quiz writer of these forums I feel that I have earned the right to be called something other than just a member. I know I haven't been on here as long as some of you but, I would appreciate a little more than just a member. Thank you all.