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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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Methods of Work

Methods of Work

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Recently I was doing an online SketchUp tutoring session with a woodworker. It started as a tutorial on drawing frame and panel doors but very quickly changed course and we spent most of the time...

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SketchUp 2016 Released Today

SketchUp 2016 Released Today

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SketchUp 2016 just released. This will be a key release for many folks because it is designed to work with Windows 10 and Mac's El Capitan operating systems. In addition to the OS support, there are...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

Working Out Dimensions From a Photo

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During a recent presentation I made to a SketchUp users group, I was asked to provide some strategies for working from photos. There are a few different methods available including Match Photo. I...

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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Routing a Profile With Follow Me

Routing a Profile With Follow Me

I had an opportunity recently to talk with some British woodworkers about using SketchUp and a question came up regarding the order of operations specifically regarding putting a profile on the edges...

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Practice Builds Skills

Practice Builds Skills

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Practice Builds Skills. Well, that's certainly nothing new, is it? I frequently get asked how I know what I know about using SketchUp. The answer is simple. I practice with it frequently. I think it...

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A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

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The Mortise & Tenon joint is probably used more than any other in woodwork, and there are a great number of varieties. Perhaps the most commonest application of the joint is in making door and other...

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Mitered Frames--Different Means to the Same End

Mitered Frames--Different Means to the Same End

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Last week I did a couple of on-line training sessions with a fellow woodworker. He's just getting started with SketchUp and using a bedside table he's planning to build as a subject for learning the...

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Modeling to Install a Box Lock

Modeling to Install a Box Lock

I find installations of key or box locks to be significant challenges. Locks seem to require a degree of accuracy of installation beyond normal work in the shop. Multiple recesses and holes are...

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Bandsawn Legs

Bandsawn Legs

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How do you draw a leg with two different curves? Of all the questions I get related to drawing in SketchUp, I think this one must rank right up there among the most common. I think I've covered this...

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Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

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I'm currently working this Small New England Six-board Chest for school. Grain direction is somewhat tricky in this rather simple piece. For example, if the grain direction in the End components is...

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Drawing a Compression Spring

Drawing a Compression Spring

A friend of mine e-mailed me asking for some help on how to draw a small compression spring. He's working on a detail sketch of a small latch and wanted to add the spring. The basic process is to...

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Drawing a Live Edge Slab

Drawing a Live Edge Slab

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The other day a woodworker sent me a photograph of a live edge slab of walnut. He wanted to know if it could be drawn in SketchUp. Here's what I came up with.   The image he sent me was a JPG file...

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A Kissing Gate at Hadrians Wall

A "Kissing Gate" at Hadrian's Wall

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We just returned from a hiking trip along Hadrian's Wall in England at the border of Scotland. This is a stone wall built long ago during the reign of the Romans. We only did about 25 miles of the...

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Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

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I'm continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It's hard to imagine how they were able to get so much...

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Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts

Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts

This is a model based on a stool designed by Pierre Jeanneret and manufactured in the 1950's in both France and India. I came across a couple of photos of an original and decided to use it for my...

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Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

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I rarely use Materials and Textures in my SketchUp files. While these are critical features for many SketchUp users, I'm not so motivated to make the hardware and wood look more realistic. Im...

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Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations

Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations

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Follow Me is one of the most useful native tools in Sketchup for creating complex shapes. If the tools in SketchUp have analogues in the shop, Follow Me can be thought of as a router or shaper as...

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