Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:24:30 -0500 Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries Fine Woodworking - "Design. Click. Build" blog entries <![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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:09:30 -0500 Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawers for the Highboy]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:10:24 -0500 Drawers for the Highboy Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:19:01 -0500 A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015 Posted by DaveRichards
There are a couple of new tools added to SketchUp 2015 that you might find useful in some cases. The first is the Rotated Rectangle tool. If you've been using SketchUp already, you know that the... ]]>
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2015 Released Today]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:34 -0500 SketchUp 2015 Released Today Posted by DaveRichards
Trimble just announced today the release of SketchUp 2015. This release has a lot to recommend it. The key thing many folks will focus on is that there's now a 64-bit version offered. This will help... ]]>
<![CDATA[Secret Dovetails]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Secret Dovetails Posted by DaveRichards
Secret dovetails seem like a lot of work but they are a classic joinery method that creates a strong joint for a case corner with the appearance of a miter. It does seem kind of a shame to hide a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Designing in SketchUp]]> Sat, 01 Nov 2014 18:02:11 -0500 Designing in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
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... ]]>