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Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

Years ago I saw this Knife Tray in a Colonial Williamsburg home. It sat on a table about 20 feet away, so this is an approximate representation of what I saw and sketched by hand. Recently, I came...

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Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors

Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors

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In my shop, doors are made with through mortise & tenon joints, typical of classic 18th C. procedure. So I was quite curious about the joinery seen on our new kitchen cabinets. I wanted the classic...

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Lessons in Flip Along

Lessons in "Flip Along"

The Flip Along function is one of the most confusing for newcomers to SketchUp. But it's a feature that's hard to avoid in woodworking because we continually flip, or mirror, components in our...

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When to use Groups

When to use "Groups"

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You may be curious about using "Groups" vs. "Components". Often our blog posts have emphasized the importance and effectiveness of "Components". On rare occasion we may make a Group, but Components...

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Miter Joints

Miter Joints

Miter joints can be somewhat stressful in furniture making. They look easy enough, but in execution, that is design, construction, fastening, strengthening, and gluing, the task can be formidable. In...

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Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback

I've been building the Shaker Ladderback Armchair in the shop for a couple weeks. The most difficult construction was the ash splint seat. I cut the ash from a local tree about 1/16-in. thick and...

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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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