You have reached the section of the website that contains companion resources to accompany my book, ‘Complete Woodworking’ published December 2016.
There is a discussion section where you are welcome to ask questions and discuss skills, techniques and projects in the book. I will try to drop in here as often as I can.
These companion resources and discussion area are important to me, and I hope to you, as without them it would not be complete woodworking.
I have tried to write Complete Woodworking as if I was standing by the reader in his workshop, instructing and helping with all the difficulties that can arise for the beginner. Why does my joint not fit even though I’ve done everything according to the book? Why doesn’t my plane cut smoothly? How can I make this cut on the router table without break out?
I hope I have predicted many of the issues that arise for the novice woodworker and provided answers for many of these questions. However, there will inevitably be unanticipated difficulties and doubts that arise. Please use the discussion areas to raise these with myself and fellow woodworkers.
The book is available from Amazon, however, I would encourage you to support your local bookshop who will be able to order it if not in stock.
If you find the book helpful then please leave a positive review on Amazon telling others how it has helped you.
Here you will find downloadable drawings and cutting lists for each of the projects in the book.
The drawings are made using software (an App) called Sketchup. You can download a free copy of Sketchup here. The free version you want is Sketchup Make for personal use. If you wished to amend the design of a project the sketchup drawing could provide a starting point.
Once you have downloaded a project drawing. Open the file in Sketchup where you can use it to view the drawing in 3D, rotating and zooming in on the detail as you wish. There is a Sketchup tutorial which is probably worth looking at and is probably the first port of call if you experience any difficulties. You can also adjust dimensions to suit your needs.
If you just want to view the drawings including zoom and rotate and not edit them then you may find the free Sketchup viewer simpler.
The dimensions on the drawings and cutting list are in millimetres. At school I was taught in imperial and started my woodworking career using feet and inches. But I came to realise that the metric system was so much easier to work in and have used metric for many years. It is simple to change to imperial measurements in sketchup. For each drawing go to Window/ model info/units where you can change the format and precision of the measurements.
The starting point for the cutting list was a plug in, or extension as it’s called in sketchup, called Cutlist. I then tweaked the spread sheet produced by Cutlist to remove the less useful information and add some extra details such as the rough cut dimensions. Apologies to imperialists that the cut list is in metric.
I have also given some additional Information for each project. If you find areas of a project need clarification please let me know and I may amend the additional information
Complete Woodworking - Discuss It
Taking It Further:
I will add links to any relevant additional topics here:
Figure and Grain – Understanding the difference between figure and grain is important. The direction of the grain affects the quality of cut from edge tools, often people confuse figure with grain. This text was accidentally cut from the book so I am including it here.
The Design Chapter – It was originally intended to have a chapter on design in the book. But we ran out of space. The chapter was partly written when the decision was made so, for completeness, I finished it off and included it here. As it was not going to be in the book I have made the style a little more “chatty”, a bit more like my teaching style. Also, as it has not been to the publishers art department the artwork is a bit amateurish! However I hope it helps.
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