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Sculpting A Chair Seat

Sculpting A Chair Seat

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A friend of mine has been learning to use SketchUp. He decided to use a model of the beautiful Welsh stick chairs he builds. It's a pretty complex thing to draw especially as you're learning the...

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The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail

The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail

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It was early in 2010 that I first reported on the Campeche Chair shown in the Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". I modeled-up the chair but never completed the design...

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Raised Panel Doors: Adding An Intermediate Rail on a Tall Door

Raised Panel Doors: Adding An Intermediate Rail on a Tall Door

In the previous blog entry I demonstrated a couple of ways to make raised panel doors. I ran out of space for images in that post but I wanted to show how to make the intermediate rail in a tall door...

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Easy and Easier Raised Panel Doors

Easy and Easier Raised Panel Doors

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Here are a couple of quick ways to draw raised panel doors. One is down and dirty and gets the idea across. The other is more detailed and would provide needed information for a cut list if desired.

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Installation Instructions in SketchUp/Layout

Installation Instructions in SketchUp/Layout

My last entry covered a group project to create bunk beds for a local city camp in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe. We accomplished the goal within our original schedule of four days, delivering two bunks...

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Trying on a Different Look

Trying on a Different Look

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I was chatting with a woodworker the other day about SketchUp. He's fairly new to it and was asking about how he might go about showing his clients various options for their kitchen projects. Hes...

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The Bed Bolt Joint

The Bed Bolt Joint

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To me the bed bolt joint is very important - I'm using it quite often in large furniture pieces including non-bed furniture such as work benches and display cabinets. Not only is it effective for...

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A Lattice for a Wine Rack

A Lattice for a Wine Rack

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Components and the Flip command make easy work of drawing a lattice grid for a wine rack.

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A Summertime Group Project

A Summertime Group Project

Often in summer, our local woodworking club (Diablo Woodworkers) takes on a volunteer project in the shop. This year it looks like we will be building bunk beds for the city's family camp located in...

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A Decorative Carved Fan in SketchUp

A Decorative Carved Fan in SketchUp

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Carved fans and shells are a defining detail on Queen Anne-style furniture. The other day I had a request from a friend to show how I would go about drawing detail such as this. As with most things...

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A Look At Outliner and Report Generator

A Look At Outliner and Report Generator

Sometimes a SketchUp model can become complex enough that it is difficult to locate specific parts easily. They may be located inside the model or otherwise out of sight. If you use a lot of nested...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 5

Materials, Colors, and Textures 5

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As indicated in the previous blog entries on this subject, I am usually able to paste the textures without fiddling with (or editing) the component. I find it simpler to set up the texture so it...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 4

Materials, Colors, and Textures 4

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Here is another example of texturing using an 18th Century mahogany bookcase, as shown below. This example has both vertical and horizontal grain components, so requires a different procedure from...

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Quick and Easy Mortises and Tenons

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Mortises and tenons aren't really very difficult to draw in SketchUp but it can be tedious work when you have a lot of them to do. Recently a mortise and tenon plugin for the commercial Wudworx tool...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 3

Materials, Colors, and Textures 3

This is the third entry of a series on Materials, Colors and Textures. The first two blog entries covered the easy application of colors. This entry moves on to the application of wood grain finish...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 2

Materials, Colors, and Textures 2

In this second coloring example, I will shown how to color edges or lines different than the standard black. Often, I like to show the sight lines on a Windsor chair seat in a contrasting colorStep...

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An Upholstered Chair Cushion

An Upholstered Chair Cushion

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Our reader, Nollie, asked about how to make a cushion for a dining chair he's working on. Here's a simple approach to create a cushion. I'm using a model I did awhile back of Kevin Rodel's Arts and...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 1

Materials, Colors, and Textures 1

I admit showing limited application of model coloring or texturing, rather emphasizing default values for edges and faces. This has been intentional as I don't usually find value in...

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An Elliptical Table Top

An Elliptical Table Top

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The other day a reader asked about how to draw an elliptical table top. Coincidentally I just did a drawing of a small table with an elliptical top. Here's how I drew that top. While there are...

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The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

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One of our readers asked about how to draw the indent detail from the Greene and Greene-designed Blacker House chair legs. As with most procedures, there are perhaps a number of ways to approach this...

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