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A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

Again this year, I attended the annual Working Wood in the 18th C conference. One of the pieces demonstrated this year, was a Williamsburg Music Stand 1750-1765. Bill Pavlak was the featured...

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A Look at the Axes

A Look at the Axes

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A couple of weeks ago I had an e-mail from a long time reader of the blog regarding the axes in SketchUp. And then, just last week the topic came up during an online SketchUp workshop I gave to a...

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Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Again this year I attended the annual Williamsburg program, Working Wood in the 18th C. It is always an inspiring event for me. I return home with new ideas and motivation for new projects. I also...

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Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Our local woodworking club will be making more Adirondacks for an outdoor camp in the Sierra foothills dedicated to families affected by childhood cancer. There is a large redwood clubhouse on the...

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Extensions For SketchUp

Extensions For SketchUp

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Over the last few weeks I've had several requests for a list of extensions and plugins I find useful for woodworking-related drawings. I did one of these lists a long time ago but things have changed...

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A Cove-Shaped Finger Pull

A Cove-Shaped Finger Pull

Recently I was in a conversation with a fellow woodworker and new SketchUp user. He has been working on a model of a small box with a hinged lid. He wants to add a cove-shaped recess to the front...

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A Catapult - A School Science Project

A Catapult - A School Science Project

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My granddaughter is in Middle School and it is that time of year for science projects. One popular engineering project is a Catapult. So we've been working together to create a model catapult. Here...

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Draw a Dodecahedron

Draw a Dodecahedron

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A friend of mine periodically sends me e-mails asking how to draw this, that or the other thing. He often surprises me with some sort of off the wall request. I always enjoy getting those emails...

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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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Methods of Work

Methods of Work

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Recently I was doing an online SketchUp tutoring session with a woodworker. It started as a tutorial on drawing frame and panel doors but very quickly changed course and we spent most of the time...

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SketchUp 2016 Released Today

SketchUp 2016 Released Today

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SketchUp 2016 just released. This will be a key release for many folks because it is designed to work with Windows 10 and Mac's El Capitan operating systems. In addition to the OS support, there are...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

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During a recent presentation I made to a SketchUp users group, I was asked to provide some strategies for working from photos. There are a few different methods available including Match Photo. I...

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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Routing a Profile With Follow Me

Routing a Profile With Follow Me

I had an opportunity recently to talk with some British woodworkers about using SketchUp and a question came up regarding the order of operations specifically regarding putting a profile on the edges...

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Practice Builds Skills

Practice Builds Skills

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Practice Builds Skills. Well, that's certainly nothing new, is it? I frequently get asked how I know what I know about using SketchUp. The answer is simple. I practice with it frequently. I think it...

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A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

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The Mortise & Tenon joint is probably used more than any other in woodwork, and there are a great number of varieties. Perhaps the most commonest application of the joint is in making door and other...

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Mitered Frames--Different Means to the Same End

Mitered Frames--Different Means to the Same End

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Last week I did a couple of on-line training sessions with a fellow woodworker. He's just getting started with SketchUp and using a bedside table he's planning to build as a subject for learning the...

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Modeling to Install a Box Lock

Modeling to Install a Box Lock

I find installations of key or box locks to be significant challenges. Locks seem to require a degree of accuracy of installation beyond normal work in the shop. Multiple recesses and holes are...

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Bandsawn Legs

Bandsawn Legs

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How do you draw a leg with two different curves? Of all the questions I get related to drawing in SketchUp, I think this one must rank right up there among the most common. I think I've covered this...

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