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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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Showing Veneers in SketchUp

Showing Veneers in SketchUp

This morning while I was poking around on the internet I came across some photos of an antique round table with a veneered top. The veneer was laid out in an interesting pattern with a star in the...

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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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