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Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

Occasionally I need to hand plane a long board and this would be an awkward procedure without a simple fixture for the workbench. It is a Post and Dowel contraption that I found in a Tage Frid...

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Angled Box Joints

Angled Box Joints

On of our regular blog readers asked me how to draw box joints for a box which has all four sides set at a 15° angle from vertical. It seems like a daunting task but fortunately there's a plugin...

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Drawing a Flag Case -- Some Basic Skills

Drawing a Flag Case -- Some Basic Skills

Recently I've been working with a woodworker who is new to SketchUp. One of the projects he is interested in drawing is a display case for a flag. This is a great model for learning some basic...

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Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table

Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table

In my last video, I showed the piece-by-piece construction, design, and assembly of the Greene & Greene Bedside Table. In this video, I show the making of the ebony plugs that cover wood screws and...

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Drawing and Modifying Multiple Dadoes

Drawing and Modifying Multiple Dadoes

Recently there was a discussion on one of the woodworking forums in which the original poster was looking for an efficient way to draw dadoes for dividers used to create cubbies or pigeon holes...

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A Greene & Greene Bedside Table

A Greene & Greene Bedside Table

Last time I showed a new project for our woodworking class - A Writing Arm Chair. This week I'm showing a second new project for class - A Greene & Greene Bedside Table. It shows many of the standard...

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Create a Cut List From Your Model

Create a Cut List From Your Model

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Once you've got the SketchUp model for your project detailed, you might be ready to head off to the shop. But maybe you'd like to know how much wood you'll need and how large the various parts are...

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A Writing Arm Chair

A Writing Arm Chair

Next week our woodworking classes begin their Fall session. I'm working up a new chair design for the class, a Windsor Writing Arm Chair. I found this beautiful piece in a book by John Kassay, "The...

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A New SketchUp Forum

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The SketchUp team have started up a new forum for SketchUp and LayOut users. You can find it here. So in addition to the Design. Click. Build. blog and the Sketchucation Forum, there's now another...

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Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door

Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door

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Drawing multiple openings for things such as divided light windows and doors, face frame grids or the latticework on the doors of this antique Chinese cabinet can be a very tedious process. Maybe...

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A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2

A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2

Last time I introduced the Coffin and its complex angles. I showed the early design process of the model, and developed the bottom shape, the Foot End and the Side. I explained that the design should...

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Mortises in Round Legs--Trim and Keep

Mortises in Round Legs--Trim and Keep

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Generally, when I create SketchUp models of furniture, I like to get the bulk of the modeling completed and then go back and add joinery. As I've demonstrated in many of my blog posts, I make the...

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A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles

A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles

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This simple looking box, can turn out to be a challenge in SketchUp and in the shop. The angles create the difficulty, particularly in corner joinery - in this case being dovetails. The video shows...

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Substitute a Texture for Geometry

Substitute a Texture for Geometry

Sometimes the models I draw have repeated details that can be very tedious to draw. Unless I need to show that detail up close, I will consider using a texture material instead. In a blog post I made...

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A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

This video shows the completion of parts to a Shaker Oval Box #5. Stage 1 and 2 videos showed the creation of the Box and Top Bands. There are several more parts required including those used during...

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A Transition from Leg to Stretcher

A Transition from Leg to Stretcher

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While perusing some of the used furniture sites, I came across a mahogany coffee table designed by Edmund Spance and manufactured in Mexico in 1953. I modeled this coffee table loosely after that...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

This is Stage 2 of a series on the Shaker Oval Box Size No. 5. My last post showed the development of the finger shapes, the two bands, the elliptical shape, and the lower box model. In the following...

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Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions

Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions

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The transitions between round and square sections are a common feature on things such as table legs and columns. Drawing them correctly in SketchUp can be a bit of a challenge if you aren't familiar...

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Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair

Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair

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I had an e-mail from a gentleman in Peru recently. He was trying to draw a chair something like these. He was trying to work out how to draw the hoop and then get the spindles into place. I expect as...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

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The following video shows my process of creating the first stage of making a #5 Shaker Oval Box. I tried various Warehouse plug-ins for bending components. However, I was not satisfied with the...

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