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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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Creating the Rule Joint

Creating the Rule Joint

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I'm again faced with designing and making the rule joint for this Shaker table. The rule joint is the very functional, structural, and beautiful connection of the table leaves - to allow the folding...

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From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon

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This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students. David created the model from sketches by Lester Margon in his book...

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Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Lid Support for Stand-up Desk

Dave Richards and I frequently encourage modeling new components in the context of the overall furniture assembly. This most likely results in more efficiency and accuracy. In the following video...

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A Sculptured Stool

A Sculptured Stool

I've finished construction of the standup desk, and now need the stool to match. In this video I'll show how I created the shaped back piece in the stool. This will involve standard SketchUp tools...

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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