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Miter Joints

Miter Joints

Miter joints can be somewhat stressful in furniture making. They look easy enough, but in execution, that is design, construction, fastening, strengthening, and gluing, the task can be formidable. In...

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Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac

Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac

In my previous blog post I wrote about setting up SketchUp to suit your preferences. I showed how I make my setup on the PC. For the most part everything is exactly the same on the Mac. The key...

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Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

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I've been building the Shaker Ladderback Armchair in the shop for a couple weeks. The most difficult construction was the ash splint seat. I cut the ash from a local tree about 1/16-in. thick and...

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Making SketchUp Your Own

Making SketchUp Your Own

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If you're new to using SketchUp on of the first things you should do is customize it to your needs. You can place the toolbars you want to see and create a template to give you a good starting point...

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Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

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Several weeks ago I showed the making of this Windsor Writing Arm Chair. A reader asked how I did the "Sculptured Seat" - not the one in pine with a travisher, but the one shown in the SketchUp...

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The Length of a Helix

The Length of a Helix

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This morning I was perusing one of the woodworking forums while drinking my morning coffee. A member planning to wrap the drum of his sander with 3 in. wide Velcro asked how long the piece would need to...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

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This is the second article on the early Virginian desk that was presented at Colonial Williamsburg at the conference, "Working Wood in the 18th C." My last article showed the lower section (the Frame...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

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Again, I attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year's subject was Desks and the conference leadership, Cabinetmakers, and Joiners presented five...

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A Round Table with a Glass Top part 3

A Round Table with a Glass Top part 3

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In this, the third and final installment of the video series on this little round Hungarian table, I'll finish up the details and add some materials. The first step will be to add the mortises in the...

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Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail

Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail

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In continuing the discussion on dimensions, I show in this video my standard methods and procedure. And I should point out that the dimensioning features I show, are all available in the Free or Make...

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A Round Table with a Glass Top part 2

A Round Table with a Glass Top part 2

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Happy New Year! This is the second installment of the Round Table with a Glass Top. In the first part I got all the parts drawn. In this second part, I'll add the joinery. I admit I haven't the...

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SketchUps Dimension Tool

SketchUp's Dimension Tool

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This blog post is in response to a reader's comment regarding the Dimension tool. He remarked that he couldn't find the Dimension tool and wondered if it is not available in the free version of the...

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A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1

A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1

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The other day I was poking around the Internet looking at various used furniture sites and came across a small round table with a glass top. It was made in Hungary around 1910. I decided to use the...

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Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

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A reader is interested in making a SketchUp model of a comfortable family rocker. (The original was made in the early 1900's by the Northwest Chair Co in Tacoma, WA.) The reader worked-up a trial...

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A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid

A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid

Earlier this week I had an e-mail from a friend. He's working on a model of a wine box with a sliding lid. He was at the point of drawing in a recessed finger pull and was looking for suggestions on...

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A Pencil Post Bed

A Pencil Post Bed

I'm working this design of a queen-size bed. In this case the mattress does not use a box spring, rather sits on a solid foundation. All the Post and Rail joinery is accomplished with Bed Bolts, and...

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Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

At this time of year, our woodworking club is busy crafting small projects to sell at the Craft Fair. One popular item is the Pencil Holder. It seems simple enough, but with its miter joints...

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Drawers for the Highboy

Drawers for the Highboy

This is a 18th C. William & Mary Highboy that I'm currently modeling. The carcase and all joinery is complete, and I'm missing the drawers. I like to use drawers from other project models and adapt...

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A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015

A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015

There are a couple of new tools added to SketchUp 2015 that you might find useful in some cases. The first is the Rotated Rectangle tool. If you've been using SketchUp already, you know that the...

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SketchUp 2015 Released Today

SketchUp 2015 Released Today

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Trimble just announced today the release of SketchUp 2015. This release has a lot to recommend it. The key thing many folks will focus on is that there's now a 64-bit version offered. This will help...

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