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Substitute a Texture for Geometry

Substitute a Texture for Geometry

Sometimes the models I draw have repeated details that can be very tedious to draw. Unless I need to show that detail up close, I will consider using a texture material instead. In a blog post I made...

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A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

This video shows the completion of parts to a Shaker Oval Box #5. Stage 1 and 2 videos showed the creation of the Box and Top Bands. There are several more parts required including those used during...

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A Transition from Leg to Stretcher

A Transition from Leg to Stretcher

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While perusing some of the used furniture sites, I came across a mahogany coffee table designed by Edmund Spance and manufactured in Mexico in 1953. I modeled this coffee table loosely after that...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

This is Stage 2 of a series on the Shaker Oval Box Size No. 5. My last post showed the development of the finger shapes, the two bands, the elliptical shape, and the lower box model. In the following...

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Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions

Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions

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The transitions between round and square sections are a common feature on things such as table legs and columns. Drawing them correctly in SketchUp can be a bit of a challenge if you aren't familiar...

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Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair

Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair

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I had an e-mail from a gentleman in Peru recently. He was trying to draw a chair something like these. He was trying to work out how to draw the hoop and then get the spindles into place. I expect as...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

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The following video shows my process of creating the first stage of making a #5 Shaker Oval Box. I tried various Warehouse plug-ins for bending components. However, I was not satisfied with the...

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SketchUp 2014 Maintenance Release 1

SketchUp 2014 Maintenance Release 1

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The folks on the SketchUp team have been hard at work and today released Maintenance Release 1 of SketchUp 2014. If you are using SketchUp 2014, it would be a good idea to download this version...

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The Guts of a Classic High-Boy

The Guts of a Classic High-Boy

Here's the W&M highboy that I've been working for a few weeks. Some of my previous blog posts show various SketchUp procedures in modeling this piece. In this video I show the guts of the upper...

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A Simple Way to Show Proposed Changes

A Simple Way to Show Proposed Changes

Sometimes we need to show others proposed changes to an existing object. This might be the addition of cabinets in a kitchen or maybe an extension to the kitchen. We want to show what already exists...

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The Beading on the HIghboy

The Beading on the HIghboy

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This is the lower section of a William & Mary Highboy. There are many details to work out on a complex piece like this one. For example, there is a thin beading that is applied to the scroll work on...

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Adirondack Chair -- Placing the Back Slats

Adirondack Chair -- Placing the Back Slats

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Of all the pieces of furniture woodworkers make, chairs are probably the most difficult to get our heads around. Most cabinet work involves making rectangular boxes with square corners. Chairs are...

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Screw Threads in SketchUp

Screw Threads in SketchUp

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Last week I had an e-mail conversation with a fellow who has been doing a bunch of 3D printing. He is working on an adaptor for something in his shop and wants to print a threaded part. He was...

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Creating the Rule Joint

Creating the Rule Joint

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I'm again faced with designing and making the rule joint for this Shaker table. The rule joint is the very functional, structural, and beautiful connection of the table leaves - to allow the folding...

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3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced

3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced

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Last weekend my family and I drove out to Vail, CO for SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014. I look forward to these trips each time because it gives me a chance to see some friends and to find out first hand...

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From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

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This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students. David created the model from sketches by Lester Margon in his book...

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Drawing a Bin Pull

Drawing a Bin Pull

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I was asked about a method for drawing a bin pull type of of drawer pull. A long time ago I did a tutorial showing how to do that but that one seems to have evaporated into the ether so here we go...

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Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Dave Richards and I frequently encourage modeling new components in the context of the overall furniture assembly. This most likely results in more efficiency and accuracy. In the following video...

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A Sculptured Stool

A Sculptured Stool

I've finished construction of the standup desk, and now need the stool to match. In this video I'll show how I created the shaped back piece in the stool. This will involve standard SketchUp tools...

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Save Your Components

Save Your Components

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I've written a number of times about strategies for working efficiently in SketchUp. One of those strategies is to use components. I've often demonstrated some of the power in using components such...

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