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TekTrixter

New User
Thanos
Maybe its just me but I found Sketchup so unintuitive that I dropped it. I would love to be able to use it or something similar. Is there a good alternative that is more intuitive or is it just me? FWIW I am an engineer that works with and writes software.
I found Fusion360 to be more intuitive. There are several Youtube series teaching F360 for woodworking, The Fusion Essentials and The Woodgrafter are the ones I used.
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jlcrtr

New User
jlcrtr
I'm a beginner for the most part. Furniture making is something I would be very interested in. I'm in WNC.
 

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member
I have been a professional furniture maker for 35 years. I would love to teach chairmaking, pole lathe turning , green woodworking , and jig and fixture making. In Greensboro and have a basement shop that could accommodate 2 to 3 students.
Hi Steve,
I am interested in chair making. I work near the Farmers Market at I-40 and Sandy Ridge.
 

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member
Not sure, I just got Chris Schwarz‘ book on stick chairs, reading that and thinking maybe- maybe not…

Guess I need to see more.

My daughter wants a rocking chair, I told her to get some pictures and let’s talk about it.

Right now I want to explore the options, maybe make a few and see what appeals to me.
 

rivens

steve
User
Not sure, I just got Chris Schwarz‘ book on stick chairs, reading that and thinking maybe- maybe not…

Guess I need to see more.

My daughter wants a rocking chair, I told her to get some pictures and let’s talk about it.

Right now I want to explore the options, maybe make a few and see what appeals to me.
I read Chris's book during Christmas break. A good read. lots of good information. I have been picking away at two Mendlesham chairs which are essentially windsor chairs. I have not made many of those. Post and rung is what I do mostly in my home shop. I make many different types of chairs in the shop I manage in High Point. Post and rung chairs are really fun to make and you learn a lot about chair geometry and such with one. They come together fairly quickly and the joinery is a bit forgiving as well.
 

Hmerkle

Board of Directors, Development Director
Hank
Corporate Member
I will check it out. Thanks
I agree with @TekTrixter that in the silence of my room Fusion 360 is more intuitive... BUT when you can get one on one with @Dave Richards it is worth it's weight in GOLD! he is SUCH a great teacher! You have seen his work if you ever picked up a Fine Woodworking magazine that had a "sketch" (up) of a furniture piece - phenomenal!
 

Jim Wallace

jimwallacewoodturning.com
Jim
Corporate Member
I haven’t read Chris Schwartz’s book on chairs yet. I’ll check it out soon with your recommendations. I think he’s a very good writer. His book on hand planes is excellent.

If you are trying to build a stick chair or a Windsor I have found The Chairmaker’s Workshop by NC craftsman Drew Langsner to be one of the most helpful.
 

Skymaster

Jack
Senior User
Maybe its just me but I found Sketchup so unintuitive that I dropped it. I would love to be able to use it or something similar. Is there a good alternative that is more intuitive or is it just me? FWIW I am an engineer that works with and writes software.
ROFLMAO I am with you. I use easycad
 

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