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A Dimension Strategy for a Modern Chair

A Dimension Strategy for a Modern Chair

This is a modern style living room chair (albeit without the upholstery cushions). I'm doing two of these currently in the shop. It has some complex geometry and many bed-bolt mortise and tenon...

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Materials--Adding a Finish, the Mac Version

Materials--Adding a Finish, the Mac Version

Last week I showed how to edit material images on the PC. Things are different on the Mac, though. Here's how it works. First you'll need to tell SketchUp which app to open to edit the image file...

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Materials--Adding a Finish

Materials--Adding a Finish

Recently a friend send me an e-mail asking how if he could change the color of the wood grain material he had created for a model he was working on. It's actually an easy thing to do as I'll show...

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Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture

Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture

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Often woodworkers have a piece of furniture that they would like to replicate. A few photographs imported to SketchUp can enable this process, but it helps to know what pictures to take and at what...

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A Colonial Drop Leaf Tavern Table--Dealing With Intersecting Curves

A Colonial Drop Leaf Tavern Table--Dealing With Intersecting Curves

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In the last few weeks I've recieved a number of questions in regard to drawing things with intersecting curves. Although the questions have been asked about a variety of different models, the...

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Futures in the Shop - Real and Imagined

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The previous discussion on the shop drawing package sparked my thinking about what we might expect in the future. Today, I think we can agree that "paper" is most often what we find useful in the...

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Patterns for Lathe Work

Patterns for Lathe Work

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In a recent blog post I wrote a bit about drawing chess pieces and how to go from a profile to the 3D shape. Once you've got a turned shape, it might be nice to make a pattern you can use at the...

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Growth of the Shop Drawing Package

Growth of the Shop Drawing Package

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I'm surprised at my having such a large package of paper in the shop these days. It grows by the day, and now takes a big binder clip to keep all the sheets together. It didn't used to be this way...

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The Sketchucation Plugin Store

The Sketchucation Plugin Store

If you're like a large number of SketchUp users you have a love/hate relationship with it regarding plugins. There is a vast array of plugins out there that can speed up your drawing work or make it...

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Chess Pieces--A Look at Follow Me With Small Parts

Chess Pieces--A Look at Follow Me With Small Parts

I had a conversation a little while back with a new SketchUp user who wants to draw detailed pieces for a chess set. In a nutshell, the process involves drawing a section of the chess piece as a...

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Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures

Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures

This is a desk I'm currently re-producing, based on a Sheraton piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   I have not started the finishing on this project yet. I will not be dying or staining...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8

In the last session, I modified the bow by tapering the end and extending the tenon through to the bottom face of the seat. In the process of making the bow, I also created the bow steam bending...

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Drawing the Butterfly Stool

Drawing the Butterfly Stool

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When I have a little free time I enjoy perusing several websites that specialize in selling used furniture. I often get design ideas from the images. The other day I came across a piece I'd not seen...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7

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In the last session, I created the steam-bent bow, based on a shape developed by eye, since there was no drawing or information in the magazine article. There is more work on the bow that I will show...

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The Tape Measure and Protractor Tools

The Tape Measure and Protractor Tools

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Earlier this week I had an e-mail conversation with a friend and long time SketchUp user. We were talking about resizing his model or rather part of it. We started out talking about the Scale tool...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6

I've finished the seat and undercarriage, now the top part of the Windsor Chair is remaining work to do. That means steam bending a bow and turning some spindles. Unfortunately, the Fine Woodworking...

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SketchUp 2013-- A New Maintenance Release

The SketchUp and LayOut teams have been hard at work and they've released another maintenance release for SketchUp 2013. If you are using it in either version, it would be worth updating so you can...

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CutList 4.1.7 Is Now Available

CutList 4.1.7 Is Now Available

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There's a new version of the CutList plugin for SketchUp. It appears to be mainly a packaging update to ensure compatibility with other extensions and to meet criteria for SketchUp's Extension...

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Adding a Crown to a Cabinet

Adding a Crown to a Cabinet

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Recently I drew the SketchUp model for the plan for Mario Rodriguez's Vanity Cabinet. Drawing the crown molding was an interesting excercise. I had few dimensions to work with and at first it seemed...

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A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs

A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs

This is a shift from the series on making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair. I'm currently in the shop doing an 18th Century Sheraton Desk, and want to show how I made the complex leg in SketchUp. This...

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