Woodworking – Thought Experiment

Albert Einstein famously used a “thought experiment” while working out his theories of relativity.  One of the more famous of those is the experiment of the twins where one stays on earth and the other flies away to distant starts at the speed of light.

What does that have to do with woodworking? Not much.  Except that about all I’ve done this last week in the shop is think about it.  I did sit down at the computer, start up SketchUp and start the drawings for a new project I want to start.  Here’s what it looks like so far:

Got this far.

Got this far.

I know it’s hard to tell from the little bit I drew, but it’s going to be a cart for my shop to hold the air compressor, nail guns and double as a movable out feed table for my table saw.

Well, most of it is still in my mind.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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10 Responses to Woodworking – Thought Experiment

  1. Is sketch up a free program?


  2. I like the way you utilize your thought experiments! Sometimes I just have to let my creative thoughts percolate a while before they come to the surface. You’re at least on to something quite useful. I hope your shop is nice and comfortable and you can just enjoy sitting there processing those thoughts. 🙂

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    • The creative process takes time. I figure if you’re blocked on one path, try another. And the shop is shaping up. I’ll have to post new shop pictures in a few weeks.


  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Great idea to combine all of those functions into one object. Ω


  4. I teach my students to use Sketch Up. You’re a real life example of authentic use. I may have to share your story, Andrew.


    • Sketch Up is a great tool. Most of my woodworking projects start with a Sketch Up model. Next week I hope to have a work in progress picture of the cart. And please feel free to share this story.


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