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The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design

The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design

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While developing the Jefferson Campeche Chair (first in SketchUp, then in the shop), I ran across an interesting 20-page document titled, "The Campeche Chair in The Metropolitan Museum of Art". This...

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A Look At The Camera Tools

A Look At The Camera Tools

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A friend of mine and I were talking the other day and he suggested I do a blog post about the tools on the Camera toolbar. It's a fairly straightforward set of tools but I think there are a few often...

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Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints

Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints

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To help answer comments on the creation of mortise and tenon joints for the Chamfer Post Table in Chapter Nine of my book, I've created  the  video below. This shows my recommended...

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Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 2

Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 2

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In part 1 of this series, I showed a way to create the complex surface on the front of a Boston Bombé chest. In this installment I'll go through creating the case side, drawer fronts and the...

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Tongue & Groove Joints in Magazine Rack

Tongue & Groove Joints in Magazine Rack

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Following last week's publication of "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", I've received several questions on the making of the tongue & groove joints on the Magazine Rack. The specific reference in...

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Cut List Plugin Installation

Cut List Plugin Installation

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I've been contacted by several folks who have had difficulty getting the CutList plugin to work. The problem seems to come from the way they are installing it. Here are some screen shots that will...

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Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

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Get a taste of what Tim Killen’s new book, the SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, is all about by downloading a free chapter on how to use SketchUp tools. The chapter will help you get familiar with eight of the basic tools including the line, eraser, push/pull, select, rectangle, circle, arc, and tape measure tools.

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Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 1

Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 1

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I have a bunch of great woodworking friends who use SketchUp. They are always coming up with challenging projects. One of my friends asked me about how to go about drawing a chest like the one...

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Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

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Yesterday Fine Woodworking launched my new book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers". See the link into the Taunton Store here. An e-book in PDF format, the first four chapters get you started with...

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A Tiled Floor - Creating a Material in SketchUp

A Tiled Floor - Creating a Material in SketchUp

Some friends of mine e-mailed me yesterday to ask about an easy and efficient way to create a tiled floor in SketchUp. Here's what I came up with for them. One option would be to draw the tiles as...

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Maloof and Templates by SketchUp

Maloof and Templates by SketchUp

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I believe it is a record for me - that is, the number of templates used in one piece of furniture. Without them I would be lost...

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CutList 4.1.1 -- A More In Depth Look

CutList 4.1.1 -- A More In Depth Look

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The Cut List plugin written by Steve Racz is one of the more useful tools in my Plugins folder. I use it on nearly every SketchUp project I do these days. In my previous blog entry I announced the...

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Cutlist 4.1.1 For SketchUp Released Today

Cutlist 4.1.1 For SketchUp Released Today

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I've written in the past about the very handy CutList and Materials plugin. The author has been busy during his southern hemisphere winter making some modifications and additions. Today he...

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Seat Frame for a Maloof Occasional Chair

Seat Frame for a Maloof Occasional Chair

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Some of my students and I are reproducing a Maloof Occasional Chair that has a tufted leather seat. I don't have information on Sam's design,  and particularly whether he used a solid or a...

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A Fluted Quarter Column

A Fluted Quarter Column

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I was working on a SketchUp project recently that required some small fluted quarter columns. Conveniently, the March/April 2010 issue of Fine Woodworking has a great article by Jeff Headley on how...

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Updated with Video: Making a Shaker Knob

Updated with Video: Making a Shaker Knob

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A reader had difficulty creating a Shaker drawer knob. In particular, she found it difficult to place the path for the Follow Me. Also she could not get Follow Me to work with the turning profile...

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Turn a Straight Border Pattern into a Curved Border Pattern

Turn a Straight Border Pattern into a Curved Border Pattern

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One of our readers and a new SketchUp user was looking for a way to create a curved pattern for the rim of a bowl he has turned. He has a straight Celtic knotwork border to start with and wondered if...

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SketchUp 8 Pro: A Look at Some of the Solid Tools

SketchUp 8 Pro: A Look at Some of the Solid Tools

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As Tim mentioned in his last post, one of the new additions to SketchUp 8 Pro is the Solid Tools set. This is a powerful group of tools for performing Boolean operations. In this post I'm going to...

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New SketchUp Version 8

New SketchUp Version 8

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I imagine many of you are aware of the new SketchUp version 8, and have already downloaded the new version. I think it is a good idea to upgrade as there are always beneficial improvements and...

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Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair

Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair

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I'm progressing with the construction of the Campeche Chair. All of the components are dry-fitted, so glue-up, shaping, finishing, and finally leather fastening are yet to do. I found a large piece...

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