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Quick and Easy Mortises and Tenons

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Mortises and tenons aren't really very difficult to draw in SketchUp but it can be tedious work when you have a lot of them to do. Recently a mortise and tenon plugin for the commercial Wudworx tool...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 3

Materials, Colors, and Textures 3

This is the third entry of a series on Materials, Colors and Textures. The first two blog entries covered the easy application of colors. This entry moves on to the application of wood grain finish...

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Materials, Colors, and Textures 2

Materials, Colors, and Textures 2

In this second coloring example, I will shown how to color edges or lines different than the standard black. Often, I like to show the sight lines on a Windsor chair seat in a contrasting colorStep...

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An Upholstered Chair Cushion

An Upholstered Chair Cushion

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Our reader, Nollie, asked about how to make a cushion for a dining chair he's working on. Here's a simple approach to create a cushion. I'm using a model I did awhile back of Kevin Rodel's Arts and...

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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...

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An Elliptical Table Top

An Elliptical Table Top

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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...

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The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail

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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...

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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...

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A Barley Twist in SketchUp

A Barley Twist in SketchUp

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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...

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Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise

Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise

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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...

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A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg

A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg

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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...

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Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp

Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp

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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...

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A Maloof Chair Animation

A Maloof Chair Animation

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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...

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Easy Errors to Make

Easy Errors to Make

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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...

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The Scale Tool

The Scale Tool

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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...

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Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp

Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Printing Templates--Two Approaches

Printing Templates--Two Approaches

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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...

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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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