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A Wooden Canteen

A Wooden Canteen

Recently I was contacted by a fellow who is into historical re-enactments. He was looking for a plan for a wooden canteen and wondered if I could draw one for him. He had a couple of photos of a...

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Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2

Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2

This is second in a series re-constructing the 18th Century Williamsburg Knife Tray. In the first episode, I showed the tracing over of a hand-drawn sketch. These traced-over shapes (faces) were...

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Raked and Splayed Legs

Raked and Splayed Legs

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Stools commonly have legs that are splayed in both directions: raked and splayed. Drawing legs at these compound angles in SketchUp can be a bit challenging but there's a plugin called, of all...

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Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

Years ago I saw this Knife Tray in a Colonial Williamsburg home. It sat on a table about 20 feet away, so this is an approximate representation of what I saw and sketched by hand. Recently, I came...

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Adding Dual Dimensions to Your Drawings

Adding Dual Dimensions to Your Drawings

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If you are using SketchUp to make dimensioned drawings and have a need to show two different dimension units, a new plugin called Dual Dims created by the plugin guru known as TIG will be a great...

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Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors

Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors

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In my shop, doors are made with through mortise & tenon joints, typical of classic 18th C. procedure. So I was quite curious about the joinery seen on our new kitchen cabinets. I wanted the classic...

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Burial Urns for Veterans

Burial Urns for Veterans

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Recently I did a volunteer SketchUp job for a group of woodworkers in North Carolina. They are building simple burial urns for veterans using their donated time and materials. These urns are getting...

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A Simple Lattice

A Simple Lattice

I was having a conversation with a friend who designs some beautiful high end kitchens and other interior spaces using SketchUp. He was showing me a sliding pet gate that his client wants to...

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Lessons in Flip Along

Lessons in "Flip Along"

The Flip Along function is one of the most confusing for newcomers to SketchUp. But it's a feature that's hard to avoid in woodworking because we continually flip, or mirror, components in our...

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Angled and Tapered Mortises

Angled and Tapered Mortises

Recently I had an e-mail from a woodworker who is getting started with SketchUp. He was struggling with drawing angled mortises. He was trying to use Push/Pull but of course Push/Pull only works in...

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When to use Groups

When to use "Groups"

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You may be curious about using "Groups" vs. "Components". Often our blog posts have emphasized the importance and effectiveness of "Components". On rare occasion we may make a Group, but Components...

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A Little Round Plant Stand

A Little Round Plant Stand

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I sketched out this little plant stand the other day as a short diversion from a very large SketchUp project I've been working on. Sometimes I find it nice to be able to just make a quick model that...

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Miter Joints

Miter Joints

Miter joints can be somewhat stressful in furniture making. They look easy enough, but in execution, that is design, construction, fastening, strengthening, and gluing, the task can be formidable. In...

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Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac

Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac

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In my previous blog post I wrote about setting up SketchUp to suit your preferences. I showed how I make my setup on the PC. For the most part everything is exactly the same on the Mac. The key...

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Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

I've been building the Shaker Ladderback Armchair in the shop for a couple weeks. The most difficult construction was the ash splint seat. I cut the ash from a local tree about 1/16-in. thick and...

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Making SketchUp Your Own

Making SketchUp Your Own

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If you're new to using SketchUp on of the first things you should do is customize it to your needs. You can place the toolbars you want to see and create a template to give you a good starting point...

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Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

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Several weeks ago I showed the making of this Windsor Writing Arm Chair. A reader asked how I did the "Sculptured Seat" - not the one in pine with a travisher, but the one shown in the SketchUp...

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The Length of a Helix

The Length of a Helix

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This morning I was perusing one of the woodworking forums while drinking my morning coffee. A member planning to wrap the drum of his sander with 3 in. wide Velcro asked how long the piece would need to...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

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This is the second article on the early Virginian desk that was presented at Colonial Williamsburg at the conference, "Working Wood in the 18th C." My last article showed the lower section (the Frame...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

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Again, I attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year's subject was Desks and the conference leadership, Cabinetmakers, and Joiners presented five...

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