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A Quick Look at Bezier.rb

A Quick Look at Bezier.rb

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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...

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Tips on Zooming

Tips on Zooming

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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...

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Are You Taking Advantage of the Arrow Keys?

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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...

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A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp

A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp

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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...

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Why Cant I Get a Face?

Why Can't I Get a Face?

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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...

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Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge

Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge

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A reader made a request via the Knots forum to see a tutorial on making a piano hinge. Here's an approach to doing that which leverages components to make for a quick job and results in a hardware...

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The Importance of the Mouse and Scroll Wheel

The Importance of the Mouse and Scroll Wheel

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Occasionally I hear of SketchUp users making use of a trackpad, touchpad, or mouse without a scroll wheel and left/right buttons. I don't know if there are many users adopting these hardware options...

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Drawing Dovetails With a New Plugin

Drawing Dovetails With a New Plugin

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I'm always on the look out for SketchUp plugins that will save me time and make drawing easier. This weekend a new commercial plugin called WUDWORX was released and it really speeds up the drawing of...

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Printing to Scale

Printing to Scale

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A reader asked me to show how to print a scaled drawing of components in SketchUp on a paper size of 8 1/2 x 11. Except for full-size templates, I must admit not printing scaled drawings. For shop...

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Creating a Pummel, the Square-to-Round Section in Turnings

Creating a Pummel, the Square-to-Round Section in Turnings

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Often furniture with turned legs and stretchers have pummels or square sections of the turning. Both Dave and I have previously shown methods for handling this complexity. A reader recently asked to...

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Jeffersons Bookstand - Another Workflow Example

Jefferson's Bookstand - Another Workflow Example

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  There are a lot of ways to approach drawing a model in SketchUp. I think most users develop a work flow that works for them. Recently I've spoken with several woodworkers who have told me...

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Guide Lines, Guide Points, and Linear Guides

Guide Lines, Guide Points, and Linear Guides

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SketchUp has a rich set of construction lines (temporary layout dotted lines) called Guides. I find these features extremely powerful in furniture design. Guides are created by the Tape Measure Tool...

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Clock Numbers, Again

Clock Numbers, Again

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As Chuck Miller over at Fine HomeBuilding is wont to say, "There's a better way."   In SketchUp there's nearly always more than one way to do something and sometimes one way is better than the...

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Monticellos Universal Table

Monticello's Universal Table

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In the recent Williamsburg Conference - Working Wood in the 18th Century - Mack Headley gave an interesting talk on various furniture examples from Monticello. One of the pieces he described and...

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Numbers on a Clock Face -- Preparing 3D Text for Use

Numbers on a Clock Face -- Preparing 3D Text for Use

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Recently I've been doodling out a mission style hall clock based on one shown in an old book titled "Mission Furniture: How To Make It. After hunting around for a suitable clock face image, I decided...

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Adding Materials to Your Model

Adding Materials to Your Model

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A few weeks ago I demonstrated my process for drawing a piece of furniture using this fern stand based on a drawing in a book called Mission furniture: How To Make It. Now I'd like to show you how I...

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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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