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TWP25: SketchUp, Websites for Woodworkers, Cleaning Blades

Episode notes:

  • Thank you to the following Website contributors:
    • Lewi Uberg
  • Thank you to the following Patreon contributors:
    • Joe Montana
    • Darrell John
    • Scott A McWilliams
    • Terry Mulligan
    • David Moffitt
    • Chris Capistran
    • JM Tosses
    • Jameson Elam
    • Cole Bouchard
    • Chris Stokesmore
    • Jason Adamczyk
    • Modern Builds
    • Don Chesser
    • George Thomas
    • Jim Beshears
    • Martin Wegner
    • Clement Brizard
    • John Wilson
    • Steve Mills
    • Darren Pruitt
    • Kyle Veatch
    • Frederick McIntyre
    • Page Bonifaci
    • Terry Burns-Dyson
    • Christopher Michael Copes
    • Saint Nicster
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  • Submitted Questions/comments:
    • “Rob Fahler – (Last name pronounced: FAY-ler) I’ve been starting to work with SketchUp to learn to model stuff I’m building. 2×4 garage shelves and room layout. Have you moved to the point of purchasing the pay version of that tool (or another similar tool) and if so, at what time did you make that move?”
    • Ted – What source do you find best for designing your website. I am currently the GoDaddy built in package.
    • Lewi Uberg – Hi! Here in Norway we don’t have these cleaning solutions (or good blades) you have to clean your saw blades. Do you know if there is any ordinary cleaning solution that I can use for this purpose? Like dishwasher tablets or something (I don’t have a clue:) )
    • Chris – My question is it seems like much of your time is spent on the road either at shows or meeting and working with other builders, or building projects for your own homes or shops. So how is it you’re able to make money doing this line of work?


  1. Dave (KSFWG)

    I wish people giving out free plans in Sketch Up would save their file so that it will open in any version of Sketch Up. I can’t tell you how many free Sketch Up plans I’ve gotten that I couldn’t open with Sketch Up 8. I usually prefer plans in .pdf format.

    I use oven cleaner! For blades that have a bunch a crud build up from pine… Otherwise I use a citrus based cleaner.

    Nick, when I flipped Audio Disk 1 to Side B, it ran a bit, opened a browser, and re-directed to a very, very family inappropriate web site…. What The Heck!!? – lol just kidding, of course… lmao

  2. Steve Sheldon

    What I found works really well for cleaning blades and is cheap and readily available is washing soda(sodium carbonate). It’s an old chemical and the basis of older laundry soaps and such. Now to find it you need and old time hardware store. Also there is a way to turn baking soda(sodium bicarbonate) into washing soda by sticking it in the oven… Search online.

    I found out about this in some woodworker forums years ago. It works fast and is easy to rinse off with water… And it’s more environmentally friendly than some other chems.

    I used a plastic pan designed for changing your oil as it was just the right size. :)

  3. Jack in TN

    get a bucket and put in some acetone, put the Styrofoam in there. It will become a bad small sludge eventually. Let the acetone evaporate (do this all outside). I think the sludge will harden eventually, and that could be small enough to put in the garbage. (Acetone the active component in nail polish removal if you want a small test amount).

    1. Martin

      I agree acetone works well, but it is an expensive way to break down styrofoam. When I tried one thing I did notice was the acetone does seeap out, so line the bucket with a big muslin type rag so the acetone can drain out.

  4. Steve Sheldon

    Our county recycling center takes cardboard and styrofoam.

    Actually they pretty much take anything, some of it they charge for like tv’s and yard waste, but…

  5. Maren

    I clean my blades with plain old laundry detergent. A cup of detergent to 8 cups of water or so. Scrub it with an old toothbrush. Works like a charm, and it’s easy to find. I just rinse it well and pat it dry afterwards. Easy peasy.


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