showing 301 - 320 of 438 posts
First  < Previous 14 15 16 17 18 Next >  Last
Sort By:


Subscribe to RSS feed
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...

view details
An Elliptical Table Top

An Elliptical Table Top

2 comments

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...

view details
The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

5 comments

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...

view details
Sculpturing a Windsor Seat with Plug-in

Sculpturing a Windsor Seat with Plug-in

For years I've struggled with shaping (in SketchUp) the seat on a Windsor, or for that matter a Maloof, chair. I continue to look for easier ways than my brute force method using shaped "cutters" along with...

view details
A Barley Twist in SketchUp

A Barley Twist in SketchUp

2 comments

A friend of mine asked me if I could draw a two-start barley twist. With a couple of plugins, this turns out to be a fairly easy proposition. I used the Draw Helix, Weld and and Extrude Edges by...

view details
Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise

Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise

1 comment

The other day I had an e-mail from a reader who was asking about how to draw a wooden scoop similar to the one shown here. Like the Ruhlman-inspired leg in my previous blog entry, it is easier than...

view details
A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg

A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg

3 comments

Recently I was looking around for ideas for a small cabinet design. I saw a piece by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann that was interesting. I decided it would be a good starting point for my own design...

view details
Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp

Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp

6 comments

In using the term "quirk" I'm not referring to an architectural term - a division of a molding. Rather I'm referring to a "peculiarity of action". A reader asked me why SketchUp was...

view details
A Maloof Chair Animation

A Maloof Chair Animation

3 comments

I must confess not having made a SketchUp animation. So using the Maloof lowback chair, I created a series of scenes in my SketchUp file. The scenes were in a sequence of construction steps in the...

view details
Easy Errors to Make

Easy Errors to Make

12 comments

One of the most important byproducts of using SketchUp is the high quality of drawing integrity - something you can count on when in the shop. However, there are still many things that can go...

view details
The Scale Tool

The Scale Tool

8 comments

The Scale Tool is quite powerful and useful in specific woodworking tasks. It is shown below in the middle of the large vertical toolset. It looks like a small baseball diamond with an arrow...

view details
Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp

Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp

6 comments

In a previous blog entry I demonstrated a very handy plugin for drawing dovetails. It works very well and is exceedingly fast. After seeing that demonstration, several readers asked me about how to...

view details
Making a Bevel-edged Panel

Making a Bevel-edged Panel

Last week I showed my method of modeling the frame for a small cupboard paneled door. The frame consisted of the stiles and rails fastened with through mortise and tenon joints. It is a classic...

view details
Building a Paneled Door

Building a Paneled Door

Here is a small colonial cupboard that was presented in a Fine Woodworking article in issue #151. Although appearing simple, this little piece has some complex but classic features. One of those is the paneled door having a 1/4-in. thumbnail around the inner perimeter of the stiles and rails.

view details
Printing Templates--Two Approaches

Printing Templates--Two Approaches

7 comments

Recently I've fielded some questions about how to print templates that span several pages. Tim has written about this in past but here's another go at it. Since I have the pro version of SketchUp, my...

view details
A Quick Look at Bezier.rb

A Quick Look at Bezier.rb

16 comments

In my previous blog post I used a plugin called Bezier.rb to draw some of the curves on the turned portions of the leg. I had several requests from readers about using that tool so I've done a little...

view details
Tips on Zooming

Tips on Zooming

4 comments

In teaching SketchUp, I often find students trying to edit and work on a model that is zoomed-out to a fly speck. As you probably know, this can make SketchUp a very frustrating exercise. Making and...

view details
no image available

Are You Taking Advantage of the Arrow Keys?

4 comments

Here is an important helpful aid in modeling in 3D. Since it can be challenging to stay on axis, SketchUp has some handy ways to help us. There are four Arrow Keys on the computer keyboard -up, down...

view details
A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp

A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp

4 comments

Watching Philip C. Lowe's current video series showing how to make a Sheraton-style leg got me to thinking about drawing it in SketchUp. The turned portions at the top and bottom are fairly...

view details
Why Cant I Get a Face?

Why Can't I Get a Face?

4 comments

I suspect it's already happened to you - you've drawn a nice shape and the face will not close. Don't worry, this will continue to happen, especially as you build more complex shapes. I'm in my fifth...

view details
showing 301 - 320 of 438 posts
First  < Previous 14 15 16 17 18 Next >  Last

Advertise here for as little as $50. Learn how

Save up to 51% on Fine Woodworking

 

About Design. Click. Build.

Learn the art and science of designing furniture in SketchUp with Fine Woodworking's official blog. Moderated by a devoted community of woodworkers, we feature step-by-step SketchUp tutorials on designing components, downloads of pre-built 3D models of furniture parts, and news and information about the evolving world of digital furniture design.

Buy the Video
Don't miss Dave Richard's brand-new DVD/video download, The Basics.

Buy the Book
Get Tim Killen's popular eBook, the Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers.

Basic SketchUp Tutorials 
Learn the basics of building furniture in SketchUp with these classic posts from the Design. Click. Build. blog.

Creating a Project Plan in SketchUp
How I Draw in SketchUp
Axes in SketchUp
The SketchUp Move Tool
The SketchUp Rotate Tool
The SketchUp Scale Tool

Materials, Colors, and Textures
Applying Wood Grain Skins in SketchUp

Easy Dovetail Joints in SketchUp

Digital Project Plans


Download and modify SketchUp files for select projects from Fine Woodworking. View all.

Top Sellers:
Matt's Monster Workbench
New England Pine Cupboard
Garden Bench

Meet the Authors

DaveRichards

DaveRichards

I am a Biomedical Equipment Technician. I maintain anesthesia and respiratory equipment for the largest medical facility in southeast Minnesota. I...
view profile
Killenwood

Tim Killen

I am retired from Bechtel Corporation after 36 years in Engineering and IT management. I grew up among woodworking machinery in...
view profile
FineWoodworkingEditors

FineWoodworkingEditors

...
view profile