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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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Dovetails on a Sea Chest

Dovetails on a Sea Chest

The Push/Pull tool is one of the fundamental tools in SketchUp. It is probably the most commonly used tool for making your models 3D and for modifying them. The Push/Pull tool has a couple of...

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Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5

Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5

In the last episode, we completed the undercarriage of the chair with the legs and stretchers in place and connected to the seat. At this stage of design you could begin construction of the chair...

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Working Efficiently -- Shortcuts

Working Efficiently -- Shortcuts

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Lately I've been thinking a great deal about working efficiently in SketchUp. As with your work in the shop, working efficiently in SketchUp can improve accuracy, reduce errors and the time you spend...

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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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