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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

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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Trimming Raked and Splayed Legs

Trimming Raked and Splayed Legs

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Back in June of last year I wrote a blog post about a handy extension called Rake and Splay. It makes it easy to correctly layout and draw table legs and other parts that will be angled such as the...

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A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

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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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