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Make It Fit

Make It Fit

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When you are working in the shop on a project, there comes a point where you need to shift from working off the plans to working off what you've already built. Doing so helps to avoid making parts...

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Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron

Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron

Continuing my series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table, this post covers the creation of the fancy carved and pierced apron. I don't even try to model actual carved surfaces, rather "brand" the...

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New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control

New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control

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I've been thinking it is time to have a real workbench in my shop. Choosing the right bench design seems to be more difficult than picking the right tablesaw or handplane though. In an effort to help...

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Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table

Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table

As mentioned before, I will do a series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table including the legs, pierced skirts, stretching rails, and wooden hinged leaf supports. I'll be doing this series in a...

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New SketchUp Version Released

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Today SketchUp version 7.1 was released to the public. For users of version 7.0, this would be a free upgrade. There are some new capabilities in 7.1 along with a new render engine which should help...

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Challenging Features in Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table

Challenging Features in Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table

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In my last entry I showed the making of a rule joint using one of Thomas Elfe's famous breakfast tables. The table has so many more interesting features that I decided to run a series of entries on...

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Rounded Corners and Edges--Manually & Automatically

Rounded Corners and Edges--Manually & Automatically

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A demonstration of how to created radiused edges.

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A Rule Joint on a Thomas Elfe Table

A Rule Joint on a Thomas Elfe Table

I started out thinking a tutorial on making a rule joint would be quite straightforward. My mistake was underestimating what it would take to do on a fancy Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table. I'm interested...

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A Look at the Move Tool

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In SketchUp, the Move tool is fundamental. Knowing how to use it is will make drawing easier and more enjoyable. I've done a bit of video to demonstrate the use of the tool. Hopefully it'll give you...

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A Listing of Windsor Chair Entries

A Listing of Windsor Chair Entries

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A reader remembered reading specific blog posts on Windsor Chairs, but was unable to locate them in Design. Click. Build. I can understand the difficulty of retrieving and locating specific...

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Creating a Hinge in SketchUp

Creating a Hinge in SketchUp

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A reader asked how to make a hinge in SketchUp, specifically a Brusso Stop Hinge (used for small boxes). I've created many different types of hinges for my furniture designs, but typically I rough...

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Upholstering Your Furniture

Upholstering Your Furniture

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The other day I was asked about how to draw an upholstered surface with buttons. The application was for a headboard but this could be used for a bench seat or any number of other upholstered pieces...

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Making a Windsor Settee Arm/Crest Rail

Making a Windsor Settee Arm/Crest Rail

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I'm continuing my repertoire of Windsor chairs by adding a two-seat, low-back Settee. This one from Connecticut, circa 1820. As usual I start with the design in SketchUp and found a unique situation...

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Adding Details

Adding Details

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In the previous blog post, Tim shows how he added some amazing detail to a SketchUp model of a cornice for a bookcase he built. Adding these sorts of details in a SketchUp model can be very useful in...

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Some Turnings are Just More Difficult

Some Turnings are Just More Difficult

I was working with an 18th Century Mahogany Bookcase that includes this complex cornice. There are a number of components in this cornice assembly including the small turned pendants. The pendants...

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Placing Components

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Recently I've fielded several questions about how to accurately place components in a model. There's a lot of value in making and saving components of things you'll reuse such as drawer pulls...

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What are the Special Strengths of SketchUp?

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The other day I was looking for a list of the best things about SketchUp - things that are unique and special and make it an effective tool for woodworking. I couldn't find one so decided to create...

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SectionCutFace v2.2 Another Handy Plugin

SectionCutFace v2.2 Another Handy Plugin

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Tim's post about using sections to show details reminded me of another handy plugin called SectionCutFace. This plugin takes sections a step further by quickly creating faces at the location of the...

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Flexibility with Cross Sections

Flexibility with Cross Sections

I don't use a lot of cross-sections in my design documents, but occasionally I find them extremely effective. They are particularly useful where it is difficult, with normal visualizations, to see...

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Plugins - An Updated List

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Another look at some SketchUp plugins that woodworkers might find useful.

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