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Well we have a new Guest Blogger…

August 7, 2012 by  
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Welcome Bruce to my website…

header-objectFor those of you that haven’t heard of Bruce Beaty before let me introduce him again to all of you. Bruce is a very talented woodworker that has added the 3-D drawing twist to his woodworking process. In the coming months he will be adding his expertise about 3D woodworking plans and discussing a new plan once a month…

He is an excellent woodworker that uses Sketchup to design his projects before taking the plans to the workshop. He likes to use the Sketchup files to flush out all the potential problems before starting to work with the wood.

So without further comments here is Bruce’s introduction post on the Router Workshop…

What did you do during your summer vacation?

Summer months have a tendency to mean less shop time and more outside projects, jobs on the honey do list or just relaxing on a vacation. However you have filled your summer up to this point I hope you’ve made the best of it. Even woodworkers need a rejuvenation period.

I have been woodworking for about 12 years now and I know every once in a while you need to step away and try something new. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing this summer.

Some of you may remember me from other posts on the Router Workshop; if you do you’ll know that I love to create projects using a free 3D drawing program called Sketchup before I head to the shop. I use sketchup in place of building a proto-type of the project. I can catch any major errors prior to cutting any boards.

Since I have been designing for myself and others over the last eight years I have a fair number of drawings stored away just waiting to be used or re-used. I have decided to make these plans available to everyone through my new website.

Never having had anything to do with website design and setup it has been a challenging summer. I can’t thank Rick enough for all of his support and encouragement throughout this process.   I’m sure I would have given up quite awhile ago if it hadn’t been for the Router Workshop crew.

About the site:

The website is dedicated to woodworking, no advertising, just a place to acquire some practical woodworking plans in a 3D format. The plans are aimed at woodworkers that have an understanding of furniture building. The plans don’t lead you step by step through the build, however they do provide you with a list of required materials, all the measurements needed and a great graphical image of all of parts in full colour.

Today’s woodworker can upload the plan to their I-pad, notebook whatever and take the plans to the shop. Of course you are still able to print off the drawings and use them as you normally would. As well as furniture plans there is an assortment of useful jigs and shop fixtures and about 40 totally free plans which I have saved over the years from other sites. I am continually adding both pay and free plans so you’ll have to check back regularly. The pay plans start at $1.29 and the costs vary depending on the complexity of the project and the time it takes me to turn the Sketchup drawing into a useable plan.

If you do decide to visit the site and I hope you do, you will be asked to register your email address. (Rest assured your email will never be distributed or sold. The only person to see it will be me.)

You do have to register to access the free plans, leave a comment or write a review about a plan. You will also be asked to verify you are a human to avoid spam.  Just for registering you will not only receive your free plan password I will include a step by step PowerPoint which I wrote called “Bandsaw Boxes Made Easy”.

Please drop by and check it out. If there is something special you are looking for, custom plans are available at a negotiated rate.

Thanks Rick for giving me a chance to talk about my summer vacation. If you have any questions you can contact me directly at woodchuck [at] 3dwoodworkingplans.com

Bruce Beatty
Aka: Wood Chuck


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