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A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1

A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1

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The other day I was poking around the Internet looking at various used furniture sites and came across a small round table with a glass top. It was made in Hungary around 1910. I decided to use the...

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Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

A reader is interested in making a SketchUp model of a comfortable family rocker. (The original was made in the early 1900's by the Northwest Chair Co in Tacoma, WA.) The reader worked-up a trial...

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A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid

A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid

Earlier this week I had an e-mail from a friend. He's working on a model of a wine box with a sliding lid. He was at the point of drawing in a recessed finger pull and was looking for suggestions on...

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A Pencil Post Bed

A Pencil Post Bed

I'm working this design of a queen-size bed. In this case the mattress does not use a box spring, rather sits on a solid foundation. All the Post and Rail joinery is accomplished with Bed Bolts, and...

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Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

At this time of year, our woodworking club is busy crafting small projects to sell at the Craft Fair. One popular item is the Pencil Holder. It seems simple enough, but with its miter joints...

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Drawers for the Highboy

Drawers for the Highboy

This is a 18th C. William & Mary Highboy that I'm currently modeling. The carcase and all joinery is complete, and I'm missing the drawers. I like to use drawers from other project models and adapt...

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A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015

A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015

There are a couple of new tools added to SketchUp 2015 that you might find useful in some cases. The first is the Rotated Rectangle tool. If you've been using SketchUp already, you know that the...

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SketchUp 2015 Released Today

SketchUp 2015 Released Today

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Trimble just announced today the release of SketchUp 2015. This release has a lot to recommend it. The key thing many folks will focus on is that there's now a 64-bit version offered. This will help...

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Secret Dovetails

Secret Dovetails

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Secret dovetails seem like a lot of work but they are a classic joinery method that creates a strong joint for a case corner with the appearance of a miter. It does seem kind of a shame to hide a...

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Designing in SketchUp

Designing in SketchUp

A key benefit with SketchUp is the ability to work through design alternatives. I typically find I'm developing about ten versions of a piece of furniture before ready to go to the shop. Along the...

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Holes

Holes

In Tim's recent post he showed a way to draw a series of holes in a "board". He surmised in his video that there're probably more ways to draw the holes. Well, he was right. Here's one other way...

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Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

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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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