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Learn Blender for Woodworkers

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

I am going to start a class in January 2021 on how to use Blender for woodworkers. Blender is free software and it is incredibly powerful when it comes to rendering CAD images and even performing complex animation. Blender’s rendering prowess is on par with Pixar.

This class will be geared specifically for woodworkers. You will learn how to add textures, lights, reflections and shadows to your CAD render images. I will field any questions you have to the best of my ability.

You will need to know how to currently use CAD software (i.e. SketchUp). You will be able to render incredibly high definition CAD model images and videos that are sure to impress your clients and friends.

If you’d like to be notified when the class starts, show your interest by signing up below and I’ll let you know when the class starts.

I haven’t decided how much the tuition will be, but it will be inexpensive.

Sign up by visiting this link. No obligation.

Guided Chisel for Bridle Joints

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

A block of wood clamped to your stock makes an excellent guide for your chisel as you clean the bottom of the female portion of a bridle joint.  Just make sure that the block of scrap wood that you are using as a guide is square to your stock.

I completed all of the female portions of my bridle joints tonight which will make up the outer frame of my breakfast tray.  Next up are the male sides which I will make similar to a traditional integral tenon.  See how I cut the cheeks.


Shop in 3D

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

I love creating 3D images.  It’s incredibly easy to do and a lot of fun.  I made a tutorial a while back that you can use to create your own (requires Photoshop).

Go grab your kid’s 3D glasses and check them out.  Want to see more?

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