Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:31:46 -0500 Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries <![CDATA[Drawing a Compression Spring]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:50:05 -0500 Drawing a Compression Spring Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine e-mailed me asking for some help on how to draw a small compression spring. He's working on a detail sketch of a small latch and wanted to add the spring. The basic process is to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawing a Live Edge Slab]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:32:41 -0500 Drawing a Live Edge Slab Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a woodworker sent me a photograph of a live edge slab of walnut. He wanted to know if it could be drawn in SketchUp. Here's what I came up with.   The image he sent me was a JPG file... ]]>
<![CDATA[A "Kissing Gate" at Hadrian's Wall]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:35:55 -0500 A Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:01:31 -0500 Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:59:00 -0500 Drawing Roundovers on Intersecting Parts Posted by DaveRichards
This is a model based on a stool designed by Pierre Jeanneret and manufactured in the 1950's in both France and India. I came across a couple of photos of an original and decided to use it for my... ]]>
<![CDATA[Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:03:56 -0500 Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll? Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:15:41 -0500 Using Follow Me--Some Setup Considerations Posted by DaveRichards
Follow Me is one of the most useful native tools in Sketchup for creating complex shapes. If the tools in SketchUp have analogues in the shop, Follow Me can be thought of as a router or shaper as... ]]>
<![CDATA[Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:37:02 -0500 Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Wooden Canteen]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:45:38 -0500 A Wooden Canteen Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I was contacted by a fellow who is into historical re-enactments. He was looking for a plan for a wooden canteen and wondered if I could draw one for him. He had a couple of photos of a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:03:01 -0500 Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2 Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Raked and Splayed Legs]]> Sun, 07 Jun 2015 10:58:58 -0500 Raked and Splayed Legs Posted by DaveRichards
Stools commonly have legs that are splayed in both directions: raked and splayed. Drawing legs at these compound angles in SketchUp can be a bit challenging but there's a plugin called, of all... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 16:54:19 -0500 Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Adding Dual Dimensions to Your Drawings]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 07:48:56 -0500 Adding Dual Dimensions to Your Drawings Posted by DaveRichards
If you are using SketchUp to make dimensioned drawings and have a need to show two different dimension units, a new plugin called Dual Dims created by the plugin guru known as TIG will be a great... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:32:01 -0500 Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Burial Urns for Veterans]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 08:43:33 -0500 Burial Urns for Veterans Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I did a volunteer SketchUp job for a group of woodworkers in North Carolina. They are building simple burial urns for veterans using their donated time and materials. These urns are getting... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Simple Lattice]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:28:58 -0500 A Simple Lattice Posted by DaveRichards
I was having a conversation with a friend who designs some beautiful high end kitchens and other interior spaces using SketchUp. He was showing me a sliding pet gate that his client wants to... ]]>
<![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... ]]>