As a brand new user, here is my two cents on SketchUp and what it can do for you when designing an involved woodworking project. This bar was a real bear to get build using my usual graph paper drawing method. After working with a SketchUp expert, I’m sold on learning the software this year. Love to hear how long it took you to get decent on SketchUp.
WORKING WITH THE NEW SAW – Testing out the traditional features With the electrical work in the shop complete, I’ll fire-up the new saw and test out the blade settings, safety guard, premium fence and miter gauge.
UNBOXING AND ASSEMBLY – This saw made a great first impression.
Once all the snow shoveling was done around here, I finally got a chance to put together my latest shop purchase – the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw. In this first video, I’ll go over my experience unboxing and setting-up a SawStop model table saw.
Today I cover the assembly process and take a peek at the mechanics of the blade safety features that make the SawStop models unique. So far, this saw looks well thought out with easy-to-follow instructions and excellent fit & finish. I was a bit disappointed with one major component though – the plastic locking knobs. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for my electrician to upgrade my service before I can really try the saw out.
I’d love to hear what other SawStop owners think of their saws’ performance. If you’ve have some experience with these saws, feel free to leave a comment below. And once I’ve got some power to this saw, I’ll share my thoughts on ease of use, milling performance and those famous blade brakes.
BUILDING A BAR FOR CUSTOMERS – Sneak peek of a new design. I wanted to share my progress on this fall’s woodworking income project. In this video, I’ll take a quick look at the design, materials and joinery used to build this three panel bar. This is the third project built to help folks start a part-time business from their home workshop. Once the bar build is complete, I’ll have a full set of woodworking plans and marketing materials available here on the site. And I should have more detailed videos on the bar’s construction along with some sales and marketing tactics ready in a few weeks.
WOODWORKING INCOME DISCUSSION – Feedback from this summer’s video survey
So, folks sent in some great responses to the income survey. I’d originally asked if there was interest in more information on the following part-time woodworking business topics:
Almost everyone who left a comment seemed to be interested in these topics. I also got plenty of additional suggestions. Check out the video for a rundown of the popular comments that came in. Based on the feedback, I’m planning on creating a new series of business-focused woodworking videos this fall, along with a new income project idea.
AN OUTDOOR GARDEN PROJECT – Completing the base for the new bench
With the sign long-since done, it’s time to finish-up the potting bench build. Today I’ll go over the steps for building the cedar bench with dowels, pocket holes, stainless steel screws and laminated legs.
Like I’ve mentioned, this bench can be a good woodworking project to build for yourself or for customers. If you’d like to give this project a try, you can check out the plans and marketing kit at the link below.
MORE TRUNK DETAILS – Revisiting my first part-time income project.
Since the original tack trunk video was a little short on details, I put together an updated version of this woodworking income project. The new video should give you a better look at the trunk design and provides more specifics on the build process and material costs. I’ve also updated the hardware and recommended sales price for this trunk.
PART-TIME WOODWORKING BUSINESS – Ever think about selling your projects?
If you’ve ever considered launching a part-time woodworking business, I’ve got a quick survey for you. I’m checking in to see what topics you’d be interested in learning about before you launched your business.
So, if you’d like to hear about tactics for starting a part-time operation, leave a comment on any topics that might help you get rolling. If there’s an interest in the business side of woodworking, I’ll put together a follow-up video with the results of the survey later this month.
MORE HANDY SHOP GEAR – The rest of my tool picks for a new woodworker.
In today’s post, I’ll go over the rest of my favorite tools to outfit a new workshop. This video covers tactics for getting a good price on woodworking clamps, picking out a router and a good quality sander. Together with my table saw recommendations from part one, you should be able to get a new shop started for under $500.