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Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp

Several weeks ago I showed the making of this Windsor Writing Arm Chair. A reader asked how I did the "Sculptured Seat" - not the one in pine with a travisher, but the one shown in the SketchUp...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2

This is the second article on the early Virginian desk that was presented at Colonial Williamsburg at the conference, "Working Wood in the 18th C." My last article showed the lower section (the Frame...

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Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand

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Again, I attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year's subject was Desks and the conference leadership, Cabinetmakers, and Joiners presented five...

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Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail

Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail

In continuing the discussion on dimensions, I show in this video my standard methods and procedure. And I should point out that the dimensioning features I show, are all available in the Free or Make...

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Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker

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A reader is interested in making a SketchUp model of a comfortable family rocker. (The original was made in the early 1900's by the Northwest Chair Co in Tacoma, WA.) The reader worked-up a trial...

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A Pencil Post Bed

A Pencil Post Bed

I'm working this design of a queen-size bed. In this case the mattress does not use a box spring, rather sits on a solid foundation. All the Post and Rail joinery is accomplished with Bed Bolts, and...

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Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder

At this time of year, our woodworking club is busy crafting small projects to sell at the Craft Fair. One popular item is the Pencil Holder. It seems simple enough, but with its miter joints...

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Drawers for the Highboy

Drawers for the Highboy

This is a 18th C. William & Mary Highboy that I'm currently modeling. The carcase and all joinery is complete, and I'm missing the drawers. I like to use drawers from other project models and adapt...

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Designing in SketchUp

Designing in SketchUp

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A key benefit with SketchUp is the ability to work through design alternatives. I typically find I'm developing about ten versions of a piece of furniture before ready to go to the shop. Along the...

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Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench

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Occasionally I need to hand plane a long board and this would be an awkward procedure without a simple fixture for the workbench. It is a Post and Dowel contraption that I found in a Tage Frid...

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Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table

Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table

In my last video, I showed the piece-by-piece construction, design, and assembly of the Greene & Greene Bedside Table. In this video, I show the making of the ebony plugs that cover wood screws and...

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A Greene & Greene Bedside Table

A Greene & Greene Bedside Table

Last time I showed a new project for our woodworking class - A Writing Arm Chair. This week I'm showing a second new project for class - A Greene & Greene Bedside Table. It shows many of the standard...

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Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door

Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door

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Drawing multiple openings for things such as divided light windows and doors, face frame grids or the latticework on the doors of this antique Chinese cabinet can be a very tedious process. Maybe...

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A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2

A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2

Last time I introduced the Coffin and its complex angles. I showed the early design process of the model, and developed the bottom shape, the Foot End and the Side. I explained that the design should...

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A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles

A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles

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This simple looking box, can turn out to be a challenge in SketchUp and in the shop. The angles create the difficulty, particularly in corner joinery - in this case being dovetails. The video shows...

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A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3

This video shows the completion of parts to a Shaker Oval Box #5. Stage 1 and 2 videos showed the creation of the Box and Top Bands. There are several more parts required including those used during...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2

This is Stage 2 of a series on the Shaker Oval Box Size No. 5. My last post showed the development of the finger shapes, the two bands, the elliptical shape, and the lower box model. In the following...

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A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1

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The following video shows my process of creating the first stage of making a #5 Shaker Oval Box. I tried various Warehouse plug-ins for bending components. However, I was not satisfied with the...

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The Guts of a Classic High-Boy

The Guts of a Classic High-Boy

Here's the W&M highboy that I've been working for a few weeks. Some of my previous blog posts show various SketchUp procedures in modeling this piece. In this video I show the guts of the upper...

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The Beading on the HIghboy

The Beading on the HIghboy

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This is the lower section of a William & Mary Highboy. There are many details to work out on a complex piece like this one. For example, there is a thin beading that is applied to the scroll work on...

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