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Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Again this year I attended the annual Williamsburg program, Working Wood in the 18th C. It is always an inspiring event for me. I return home with new ideas and motivation for new projects. I also...

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Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Our local woodworking club will be making more Adirondacks for an outdoor camp in the Sierra foothills dedicated to families affected by childhood cancer. There is a large redwood clubhouse on the...

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A Catapult - A School Science Project

A Catapult - A School Science Project

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My granddaughter is in Middle School and it is that time of year for science projects. One popular engineering project is a Catapult. So we've been working together to create a model catapult. Here...

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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

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The Mortise & Tenon joint is probably used more than any other in woodwork, and there are a great number of varieties. Perhaps the most commonest application of the joint is in making door and other...

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Modeling to Install a Box Lock

Modeling to Install a Box Lock

I find installations of key or box locks to be significant challenges. Locks seem to require a degree of accuracy of installation beyond normal work in the shop. Multiple recesses and holes are...

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Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

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I'm currently working this Small New England Six-board Chest for school. Grain direction is somewhat tricky in this rather simple piece. For example, if the grain direction in the End components is...

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A Kissing Gate at Hadrians Wall

A "Kissing Gate" at Hadrian's Wall

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We just returned from a hiking trip along Hadrian's Wall in England at the border of Scotland. This is a stone wall built long ago during the reign of the Romans. We only did about 25 miles of the...

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Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

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I'm continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It's hard to imagine how they were able to get so much...

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Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

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I rarely use Materials and Textures in my SketchUp files. While these are critical features for many SketchUp users, I'm not so motivated to make the hardware and wood look more realistic. Im...

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Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase

Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase

This is the third in a series on modeling this 18th C. Williamsburg Knife Tray. In this episode I show the making of the angled dovetails in the corners. As you might expect, the splayed angle in...

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Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2

Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2

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This is second in a series re-constructing the 18th Century Williamsburg Knife Tray. In the first episode, I showed the tracing over of a hand-drawn sketch. These traced-over shapes (faces) were...

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Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model

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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"

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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

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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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