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Adding Some Details

Adding Some Details

In my previous blog post I showed a way to convert geometry for a frame and panel door into separate components. In the video, here, I'm fleshing out the door with the various joinery...

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Final Step: A Small Six-board Chest

Final Step: A Small Six-board Chest

The following are the final steps in modeling the Small Six-board Chest. Now that the Till Top is installed with its dowel pivot joints, test the rotation by choosing the Rotate Tool. With the Till...

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Converting Geometry to Components

Converting Geometry to Components

The other day I received an e-mail from a gentleman who asking for some SketchUp help. It seems he'd gotten so involved in drawing his model, he'd forgotten to make components as he progressed with...

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Step 5: A Small Six-Board Chest

Step 5: A Small Six-Board Chest

The Front and Back captures the Till Front and Bottom with a 3/16-in. shallow dado and groove. With the Front still hidden, select the Back for editing and then click to select the inside face of the...

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Unfolding a Pattern

Unfolding a Pattern

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Way back, early in the life of Design. Click. Build. a reader asked me how to create a pattern for the joint between two pipes, one of which is angled at 45° to the other. The video I created at the...

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Step 4: A Small Six-Board Chest

Step 4: A Small Six-Board Chest

This is Step 4 of a continuing series - Creating Till Components To open access for making the Till components, right click on the Front and Back and choose Hide from the menu. To create the Till...

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Symmetry in Action

Symmetry in Action

Lately I've been working hard on a presentation for the upcoming 3D Basecamp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I'll be presenting some ideas I've collected over the years about how to make accurate and...

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Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

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In this Step the chest bottom, front and back are created. Use the Line or Rectangle Tool to create an edge face for the Bottom. Double click on the rectangle, then right click, and choose Make...

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Tambour Doors in SketchUp

Tambour Doors in SketchUp

In our house, at the end of the hallway to the bedrooms there's this funny little space that's hard to use. It's had this flat pack book shelf there for years but it's time to do something different...

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Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

This is the second step in creating the model of the Small Six-board Chest. I've shown below the final result after about 10 steps. Step 2  the image below shows the scanned image in SketchUp...

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Printing From SketchUp

Printing From SketchUp

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In the last few weeks I've answered questions from a number of SketchUp users related to printing their drawings. These questions seem to fall into two basic categories. The first is just printing...

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Small Six-board Chest in Steps

Small Six-board Chest in Steps

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In the next several weeks, in a sequence of Steps, I will show a process in SketchUp for making a Period piece of furniture. See Figure 1. I've selected a Small Six-Board Chest found in a book by...

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A Baseball Bat From Offsets

A Baseball Bat From Offsets

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A reader wrote to me for some help in making a pattern to guide him in making a replica of a baseball bat owned by his father. He had measured the diameter of the bat at regular intervals along its...

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The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

This is an 18th C. Music Stand that was made in Williamsburg, VA in about 1760. This was one of the furniture pieces being re-constructed and shown in this year's Working Wood in the 18th C. It's a...

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Bending an Apron on a Demilune Table

Bending an Apron on a Demilune Table

Recently, for my morning Sketchup practice, I drew this little gate-leg demilune games table which sports padfoot legs, a folding top, and this unusual apron with these bits that hang down over the...

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Planning Efficient Lumber Use

Planning Efficient Lumber Use

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Our woodworking group will be making multiple Adirondack Chairs for a Summer Camp dedicated to children with cancer. For a successful project,we will need a detailed and coomprehensive design of the...

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Drawing An Armrest With a Volute

Drawing An Armrest With a Volute

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Recently I was having a discussion with another SketchUp user about drawing volutes like you would find on the tops of some classical columns. While showing him a way to draw those, it occurred to me...

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A Design Process for a Street Library Box

A Design Process for a Street Library Box

There are numerous methods of design, as each woodworker develops a unique and successful way of creating a project. Many woodworkers start with rough hand sketching that proceeds to detail...

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Creating and Applying New Materials

Creating and Applying New Materials

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I'm frequently asked how I get the wood grain materials I use in my SketchUp models. I describe the process I use here in Design. Click. Build. some years back and it's probably time to do it again...

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A Fluted Column - Music Stand

A Fluted Column - Music Stand

I mentioned in my last blog that the fluting of the tapered column was a challenge, and I went through several scenarios before finding a method that works. Not that this is the only method - I am...

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