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Hello, my name is Stan. I have been woodworking for about 7 or 8 years now. I love to design and build things that are a little different and unique without going overboard into the "wierd". Being a designer, I try to balance form with function. My favorite things to do are making Rocking Chairs and puttering around on my lathe. My wife and I get a lot of joy out of giving things that I have made as gifts, (although, I have been known to work for money, too!). As for woodworking; I figure that if it was good enough for Jesus as a living, then it's good enough for me as a hobby! I look forward to sharing and learning from others.

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

Yep, Jesus hands in wood, our hands in wood.
Can't get much better than that.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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Welcome to the forum Stan. I have just picked up some plans for a rocking chair. Love to see some pics of yours if you have any.

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Hey Stan, first welcome to the forum, and second, I'd love to hear your opionion about SketchUp. Not having worked with any other such tools other than VISIO, I find it fabulous but would like to hear what a pro has to say.

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Welcome from Texas Stan.

Did you say tool sale?
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Thanks for the welcome.

jdixon, I love building Rocking Chairs. You can see a couple of examples of mine by going to the Project Showcase and looking up the postings for "Black Walnut Rocking Chair and Mahogany Rocking Chair". I hope you enjoy building yours.

phinds, I usually use Pro Engineer, which a high end mechanical CAD software that is way too expensive for most people and way overkill for woodworking. I just happen to have access to it through my work and have designed with it for about 17 years. At home I have something called Alibre design. They have a free version which is pretty good, but limited on the number of parts in an assembly. The full blown version is a little pricey but it is a good low end CAD package. Both of these softwares have the ability to create assemblies and apply motion to projects that have moving parts, so you can see how things are going to interact before any cutting is done. This is especially useful when designing any shopmade jigs or fixtures! As for Sketchup, I have only tinkered with it once and can't give any good opinion on it. I do know that a lot of woodworkers use it and seem to like it. I admit that I am spoiled by using Pro Engineer. I have also heard that Autocad has an affordable package that is good.
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Stan, thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I think the high-end packages are both overkill and too expensive for us sawdust makers, but I appreciate your info.

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phinds, I usually use Pro Engineer, which a high end mechanical CAD software that is way too expensive for most people and way overkill for woodworking. affordable package that is good.
Yea, we use Pro E where I work for Design and CNC Programming.
The CNC Programming side probably will go away for more user friendly software. The design side is great. I cut my teeth on AutoCad 13 and have used versions up to 2000.

I purchased a set of software a few years ago called DesignCad.
It works great for most things. I have not used it for assemblies yet.

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Texas Sawduster: Most people I know have don't use the Pro Manufacturing side of ProE but instead they use Master Cam, which is a lot friendlier. I've heard of DesingCad but never seen it. It's interesting to see CAD make its way into the woodworking hobby. I was a Machinist for many years prior to becoming a Designer and would use tools and techniques from machining in my woodworking and wonder why others weren't doing this. I was using my dial and digital calipers years ago, and sometimes got made fun of. But that seems to be changing for the better, and CAD is playing a big role in this. Just look at the tools and fixtures that are available now that were obviously designed using CAD. The accuracy and and function are improving rapidly. This is good for woodworking overall, as long as we don't forget that the goal is to make beautiful things out of wood, (with our hands), that technology is just another tool, and that the old timers knew a thing or two, as well! We must make dust!
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Texas Sawduster: Most people I know have don't use the Pro Manufacturing side of ProE but instead they use Master Cam, which is a lot friendlier. I've heard of DesingCad but never seen it. It's interesting to see CAD make its way into the woodworking hobby. I was a Machinist for many years prior to becoming a Designer and would use tools and techniques from machining in my woodworking and wonder why others weren't doing this. I was using my dial and digital calipers years ago, and sometimes got made fun of. But that seems to be changing for the better, and CAD is playing a big role in this. Just look at the tools and fixtures that are available now that were obviously designed using CAD. The accuracy and and function are improving rapidly. This is good for woodworking overall, as long as we don't forget that the goal is to make beautiful things out of wood, (with our hands), that technology is just another tool, and that the old timers knew a thing or two, as well! We must make dust!
MasterCam and Delcam both have a woodworking version of their software for CNC Routers and Mills.

Cool stuff.

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Hey Stan, first welcome to the forum, and second, I'd love to hear your opionion about SketchUp. Not having worked with any other such tools other than VISIO, I find it fabulous but would like to hear what a pro has to say.

Thanks,

Paul
Paul, here is a link to a Google Sketchup Blog that you may find helpful.

http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/201...warehouse.html
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