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Thomas Jeffersons Campeche Chair

Thomas Jefferson's Campeche Chair

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This past week I attended the "Working Wood in the 18th Century" conference in Williamsburg, VA, as I have done for the past five years. Each year the conference has a special theme, and this year it...

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Would You Like a Front, Side, and Top View?

Would You Like a Front, Side, and Top View?

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It seems a paradox, while producing a complete detailed 3D model, there still is a benefit to having the old standby top, end, and front orthographic view. In the beginning with SketchUp, I abandoned...

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Modifying a Model

Modifying a Model

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  So after you've drawn up your model and shown it to your client, they come back and ask if you could change the dimensions. "Sure," you say, "I'll just start from scratch and make a new...

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Moldings By Follow Me

Moldings By Follow Me

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Recently there have been some questions regarding the use of Follow Me to add a molding around a cabinet. I did a quick little video demo that will hopefully clarify and perhaps even expand your...

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Components in SketchUp

"Components" in SketchUp

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A reader recently sent a note saying:  I started learning Sketchup today for a bookcase I am going to   build.  I created the box of the bookcase, used the push/pull toolnbsp...

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Replicating a Maloof Design from Pictures

Replicating a Maloof Design from Pictures

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Often I'm faced with replicating an existing piece of furniture, but without detailed information or access to the original piece. In fact, the only information available, may be a couple pictures...

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A Fern Stand: Demonstrating My Drawing Process

A Fern Stand: Demonstrating My Drawing Process

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There are a lot of ways to draw things in SketchUp. Some folks like to draw the parts for a project in...

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Shaping a High Arched Foot

Shaping a High Arched Foot

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Last week I showed the procedure I used to make the breadboard on a Shaker Table. Using that same table, I will demonstrate a method for making and shaping the high-arched foot. The making of the...

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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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