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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4

In the last session, I positioned the legs at their respective angles to the seat face. We used angles specified by the Fine Woodworking article and used the sight lines as reference faces for those...

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SketchUp 2013

SketchUp 2013

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SketchUp 2013 has been out for a few weeks now. Here's a look at a few new features as well as some tips for migrating from an older version to the new version. These things apply to both 2013 Pro as...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3

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In the last session, I compiled the Windsor seat component with spindle and leg sockets. I also carved a gutter decoration separating the spindle socket platform from the front of the seat. I also...

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Bent Parts--Figuring Out Materials

Bent Parts--Figuring Out Materials

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Have you seen Matt Kenny's beautiful Bowfront Wall Cabinet? When I was working on the plan for it, I needed to be able to indicate how wide the veneer and flexible plywood pieces need to be to make...

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Announcement: Release of CutList 4.1.6

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The author of the popular CutList plugin for SketchUp has just released an update which you can download here. This release fixes an issue which recently cropped up in which the HTML layout page...

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Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2

Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2

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This is Part 2 of "Making an Un-braced Bowback Windsor Chair". Last time I showed the tracing of the magazine drawing of the seat. And we made three components from these tracings - the plain seat...

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Working Efficiently in SketchUp

Working Efficiently in SketchUp

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I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day about finding ways to work efficiently in SketchUp.  

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Modeling a Windsor Bowback Side Chair

Modeling a Windsor Bowback Side Chair

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I'm starting a new series on modeling a Windsor Chair. I've selected one of the simpler Windsor styles, the unbraced Bowback. This particular chair was described by Harriet Hodges in a Fine...

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SketchUp 2013 Released Today

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SketchUp 2013 was released today. You can download the new versions, Pro and SketchUp Make (the free version) from the SketchUp site.  There are many under-the-hood improvements in the new versions...

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The Adjustable Screw

The Adjustable Screw

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In the past I've written about making and saving components for future use. I've stressed repeatedly the use of components instead of groups and how to leverage components to save yourself work and...

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Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 7

Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 7

In the last lesson (Part 6), I showed how to make and install the Handle or the Middle Spar. This is the last of a series on the Williamsburg Knife Box, and it covers the wrap around small edge...

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Curved Surfaces in SketchUp

Curved Surfaces in SketchUp

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I've been wanting to do another blog post to demonstrate handling curved surfaces in SketchUp. While trolling the internet the other day I came across this side table by Robert Sukrachand that has...

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A New Way To Install Plugins and a Tool for Creating Custom Toolbars

A New Way To Install Plugins and a Tool for Creating Custom Toolbars

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Recently Sketchucation released the Plugin Store, the fastest and easiest way to get and manage plugins for SketchUp. Once you've installed the Plugin Store plugin, you'll have access to hundreds of...

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Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6

Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6

We're getting close to the end of this series - one more to do after this one, covering the base molding. In this penultimate part, we will add the Handle to the existing assembly of the Knife Box...

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Intersects to Create Mortises

Intersects to Create Mortises

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There are several different Intersect Faces options in SketchUp. The one most folks seem to use is Intersect Faces>With Model. I find in most cases that Intersect Faces>With Selection is more useful...

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A Curved Leg With a Simple Inlay

A Curved Leg With a Simple Inlay

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A gentleman sent me a Sketchup file looking for a little guidance in drawing legs something like those on this table. He'd gotten up to the point of rounding over the outer face after which he wanted...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5

In the last blog post (Part 4), I showed making the dovetail pins in the Side component. In this video, I show how to use these already-made pins to create the matching tails in the End...

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Drawing Curves Through Points

Drawing Curves Through Points

Often when you are drawing curves in SketchUp, you can manage using the Arc tool locating the end points and either the height of the arc (the bulge distance) or the radius. The Arc tool only draws...

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Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4

Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4

In the last Part 3 of this series, I showed making the full-length Side and End components for the Williamsburg Knife Box. I also copied and flipped these components and placed on a full width box...

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Designing a Bandsaw Box

Designing a Bandsaw Box

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I received an inquiry from someone asking if SketchUp could be used to design bandsaw boxes. Although I hadn't really thought about doing so, I realized that it would work well for this. Often all...

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