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SketchUp and the Lathe

SketchUp and the Lathe

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One of our readers asked me about the possibility of using SketchUp to design turned vessels. Tim and I have both shown examples of turned legs for tables and other furniture but there's no reason...

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Building a Table Top Breadboard

Building a Table Top Breadboard

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There are many designs for breadboards. In this case I've chosen one that uses a continuous tongue length and wood screws. Of course, the breadboard connection must accommodate top...

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Save Components For Future Use

Save Components For Future Use

After you've gone to the effort to draw things that you might use again such as molding profiles, hardware, frame and panel doors, save those components to make them easy to retrieve later. Here are...

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Drawing Curved Slats for a Chair

Drawing Curved Slats for a Chair

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A friend of mine asked me about drawing some curved back slats for a chair. The slats I was thinking about are something like you might see on a Maloof-inspired rocking chair. I thought this would...

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Personalizing Your SketchUp Settings

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I have been requested to update my blog entry Personalizing Your SketchUp Settings, dated November 2007, and still accessible in the archive. Since that date, there have been new versions of...

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How to Use SketchUp to Get the Most from a Digital Woodworking Plan

How to Use SketchUp to Get the Most from a Digital Woodworking Plan

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Have you purchased a Digital Plan from FineWoodworking.com? Here's how can you take advantage of the digital file to zoom in, print, x-ray, and review every detail and measurement in SketchUp

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Replicating Drawers in a Highboy

Replicating Drawers in a Highboy

I'm continually building drawers and never are two the same. In starting a new piece of furniture I will "rob" one of my drawer designs in a previous piece. But then they need to be adapted to the...

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Wrapping Beadboard Around a Curved Surface

Wrapping Beadboard Around a Curved Surface

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My friend Dermot emailed me today with a little puzzle. He's working on an island design for a kitchen and he'll end up rendering this image to show the client. His client wants to see bead board on...

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Creating Orthographic View Drawings

Creating Orthographic View Drawings

Often it is useful to have the standard orthographic views of your model. There are several ways you can do this in SketchUp. You could create separate scenes using the standard ortho views and...

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Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component

Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component

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Dave Richards and I have covered multiple ways of handling dimensioning in several previous blog entries. One difference is my low frequency use of layers while dimensioning, and Dave's more liberal...

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Making the Bonnet for a Highboy

Making the Bonnet for a Highboy

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How do you go about creating the bonnet on a highboy which includes that curved molding? The following are steps I used recently. Nothing too unusual for SketchUp, however it requires a few Follow Me...

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Adding a Bullnose

Adding a Bullnose

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In a recent blog entry I used a little bow front cabinet designed by Matt Kenney to show how to create a curved edge by picking off an existing curved edge in the model. Well, Matt's been working on...

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Adding the Stretching Rails to the Breakfast Table

Adding the Stretching Rails to the Breakfast Table

There is a nicely shaped stretching rail connecting the lower part of the legs in the Thomas Elfe breakfast table. One complication in making this stretching assembly is the fact that the table is...

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A Look at the Rotate Tool

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Like the Move tool, the Rotate tool is fundamental in SketchUp. Being able to use it easily and correctly will help make your experience with SketchUp more enjoyable. Here's a little video demo I...

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Making the Wooden Hinged Table Leaf Support

Making the Wooden Hinged Table Leaf Support

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So far in this series on the Breakfast Table, we've done the rule joint, legs, and pierced carved skirt. In this post, I will show how to make the wooden hinge for the leaf support. The final wooden...

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Make It Fit

Make It Fit

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When you are working in the shop on a project, there comes a point where you need to shift from working off the plans to working off what you've already built. Doing so helps to avoid making parts...

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Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron

Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron

Continuing my series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table, this post covers the creation of the fancy carved and pierced apron. I don't even try to model actual carved surfaces, rather "brand" the...

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New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control

New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control

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I've been thinking it is time to have a real workbench in my shop. Choosing the right bench design seems to be more difficult than picking the right tablesaw or handplane though. In an effort to help...

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Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table

Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table

As mentioned before, I will do a series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table including the legs, pierced skirts, stretching rails, and wooden hinged leaf supports. I'll be doing this series in a...

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New SketchUp Version Released

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Today SketchUp version 7.1 was released to the public. For users of version 7.0, this would be a free upgrade. There are some new capabilities in 7.1 along with a new render engine which should help...

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