Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:55:02 -0500 Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries <![CDATA[Lessons in "Flip Along"]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:13:03 -0500 Lessons in Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Angled and Tapered Mortises]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:48:31 -0500 Angled and Tapered Mortises Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I had an e-mail from a woodworker who is getting started with SketchUp. He was struggling with drawing angled mortises. He was trying to use Push/Pull but of course Push/Pull only works in... ]]>
<![CDATA[When to use "Groups"]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:29:28 -0500 When to use Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Little Round Plant Stand]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:13:21 -0500 A Little Round Plant Stand Posted by DaveRichards
I sketched out this little plant stand the other day as a short diversion from a very large SketchUp project I've been working on. Sometimes I find it nice to be able to just make a quick model that... ]]>
<![CDATA[Miter Joints]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:31:01 -0500 Miter Joints Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:22:47 -0500 Making SketchUp Your Own on the Mac Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I wrote about setting up SketchUp to suit your preferences. I showed how I make my setup on the PC. For the most part everything is exactly the same on the Mac. The key... ]]>
<![CDATA[Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:38:11 -0500 Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making SketchUp Your Own]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:41:59 -0500 Making SketchUp Your Own Posted by DaveRichards
If you're new to using SketchUp on of the first things you should do is customize it to your needs. You can place the toolbars you want to see and create a template to give you a good starting point... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:20:20 -0500 Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Length of a Helix]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 08:51:49 -0500 The Length of a Helix Posted by DaveRichards
This morning I was perusing one of the woodworking forums while drinking my morning coffee. A member planning to wrap the drum of his sander with 3 in. wide Velcro asked how long the piece would need to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:37:12 -0500 Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2 Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:26:36 -0500 Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Round Table with a Glass Top part 3]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:11:27 -0500 A Round Table with a Glass Top part 3 Posted by DaveRichards
In this, the third and final installment of the video series on this little round Hungarian table, I'll finish up the details and add some materials. The first step will be to add the mortises in the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:39:46 -0500 Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Round Table with a Glass Top part 2]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 18:30:46 -0500 A Round Table with a Glass Top part 2 Posted by DaveRichards
Happy New Year! This is the second installment of the Round Table with a Glass Top. In the first part I got all the parts drawn. In this second part, I'll add the joinery. I admit I haven't the... ]]>
<![CDATA[SketchUp's Dimension Tool]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:49:08 -0500 SketchUp's Dimension Tool Posted by DaveRichards
This blog post is in response to a reader's comment regarding the Dimension tool. He remarked that he couldn't find the Dimension tool and wondered if it is not available in the free version of the... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:58:09 -0500 A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1 Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was poking around the Internet looking at various used furniture sites and came across a small round table with a glass top. It was made in Hungary around 1910. I decided to use the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:35 -0500 Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:20:05 -0500 A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid Posted by DaveRichards
Earlier this week I had an e-mail from a friend. He's working on a model of a wine box with a sliding lid. He was at the point of drawing in a recessed finger pull and was looking for suggestions on... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pencil Post Bed]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:19:04 -0500 A Pencil Post Bed Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>