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#1 posted 03-08-2019 06:02 PM

I also mentally go through the steps of procedures of my projects like you do. I also consider the order of the steps so I donʻt do one step that makes another step more difficult.

Sometimes I use screws to temporarily hold pieces together or dry clamp parts before gluing up.

An example was when I was building my rocking chair. I found out that if I didnʻt put the seat loosely in place before I glued up the chair I would never be able to put it where it belonged. I found that out when I dry clamped it before gluing. After the glue up the seat was screwed in place.

The best tool in my shop is SketchUp. I can virtually build things before cutting my first piece of wood. It also helps me see where problems in assembly may arise.

Even projects as big as an addition to my house can benefit from this tool.

This was the concept in SketchUp.

This is pre-construction.

This is post-construction. Itʻs not finished yet. So far things are going as planned. The only changes made to the original design was the addition of the balcony support posts due to inspectorʻs guidance. That required a change in eliminating the complex stairs I originally designed to a simpler straight stairs.

I spent a year in designing the addition. I started construction in July 2018. Hopefully Iʻll be done in April 2019.

The hardest thing in building things is being patient. We all want to get projects to the completed state and just canʻt wait to get there.

After my final building inspection Iʻll be working on setting up the additional basement space which will be my new shop addition which prompted the building of the addition.

And now you know why I havenʻt been posting projects in the last 2 years.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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