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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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Putting a Bevel on a Gouge

Putting a Bevel on a Gouge

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Way back in one of my early blog posts I demonstrated a way to cut the bevel on a gouge. I had a request to revisit the process and unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the video disappeared before I...

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SketchUp 2014 Is Now Available

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Today Trimble announced that SketchUp 2014 has been released. The most obvious changes in SketchUp are the addition of two new Arc tools and a redesign of the 3D Warehouse which makes it easier to...

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A Classic Bench from a Picture

A Classic Bench from a Picture

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In this video, I'll show how I modeled up a classic outdoor bench for the school. The school decided on a picture that I import into SketchUp. I use the "Use as a Matched Photo" option for...

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A Woven Cane Seat

A Woven Cane Seat

Once in awhile I need to illustrate elements such as the woven cane seat on this stool designed by Josef Hoffmann. Although the individual canes could be drawn, it would be tedious at best, create an...

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A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk

A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk

I'm currently building this sculptured stand-up desk in the shop. The construction includes a full-length wooden hinge for the lid. Here is the SketchUp model with the lid closed and openIve...

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A Barrel Chair --part 2

A Barrel Chair --part 2

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In my previous blog post I drew the frame and panel for this barrel chair. In this video I'm showing how to get the seat frame, feet and the decorative buttons put in. There are two plugins used this...

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Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving

Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving

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Each year since retirement, I've been attending the Williamsburg Conference on "Working Wood in the 18th Century". It has always been educational, instructional, and inspirational. After each year, I...

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A Barrel Chair -- A Follow Me Lesson Pt. 1

A Barrel Chair -- A Follow Me Lesson Pt. 1

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This is the start of a barrel chair loosely based on a chair designed by Josef Hoffman and built by J. & J. Kohn in Vienna, Austria in 1901. The main part of the chair consists of a bent plywood...

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Re-creating a Missing Component

Re-creating a Missing Component

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In my first book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", Chapter 5 covers the subject "Learn to Draw Precisely". For practicing this drawing skill, I ask the reader to reproduce the Right End froma...

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Sneak Preview -- Pixel Perfect Plugin

Sneak Preview -- Pixel Perfect Plugin

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Printing to scale directly from SketchUp has always been a bit of a challenge. Especialy if you want to print full sized patterns to take to the shop. Users of the pro version have it pretty easy...

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How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing?

How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing?

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I'm working on this modern style stand-up desk. The joinery and sculpturing are quite different than my normal 18th C. or Shaker styles. In this view, I'm not showing much of the sculpturing and...

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