Copyright (c) 2014 CraftStylish.com en-us Fine Woodworking - DaveRichards' posts Fine Woodworking - DaveRichards' posts http://www.finewoodworking.com/profile/DaveRichards Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:41:38 -0500 Fine Woodworking - DaveRichards' posts Fine Woodworking - DaveRichards' posts http://www.finewoodworking.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finewoodworking.com/profile/DaveRichards <![CDATA[A Round Table with a Glass Top part 1]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:58:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115671/a-round-table-with-a-glass-top-part-1 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115671/a-round-table-with-a-glass-top-part-1 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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115671/a-round-table-with-a-glass-top-part-1
<![CDATA[A Recessed Finger Pull on a Sliding Lid]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:20:05 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115672/a-recessed-finger-pull-on-a-sliding-lid http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115672/a-recessed-finger-pull-on-a-sliding-lid 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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115672/a-recessed-finger-pull-on-a-sliding-lid
<![CDATA[A Couple of New Tools in SketchUp 2015]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:19:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115300/a-couple-of-new-tools-in-sketchup-2015 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115300/a-couple-of-new-tools-in-sketchup-2015 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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115300/a-couple-of-new-tools-in-sketchup-2015
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2015 Released Today]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:34 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115004/sketchup-2015-released-today http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115004/sketchup-2015-released-today 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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/115004/sketchup-2015-released-today
<![CDATA[Secret Dovetails]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114647/secret-dovetails http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114647/secret-dovetails 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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114647/secret-dovetails
<![CDATA[Holes]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:16:19 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114648/holes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114648/holes Holes Posted by DaveRichards
In Tim's recent post he showed a way to draw a series of holes in a "board". He surmised in his video that there're probably more ways to draw the holes. Well, he was right. Here's one other way... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114648/holes
<![CDATA[Angled Box Joints]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114554/angled-box-joints http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114554/angled-box-joints Angled Box Joints Posted by DaveRichards
On of our regular blog readers asked me how to draw box joints for a box which has all four sides set at a 15° angle from vertical. It seems like a daunting task but fortunately there's a plugin... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114554/angled-box-joints
<![CDATA[Drawing a Flag Case -- Some Basic Skills]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:42:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114452/drawing-a-flag-case-some-basic-skills http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114452/drawing-a-flag-case-some-basic-skills Drawing a Flag Case -- Some Basic Skills Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I've been working with a woodworker who is new to SketchUp. One of the projects he is interested in drawing is a display case for a flag. This is a great model for learning some basic... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114452/drawing-a-flag-case-some-basic-skills
<![CDATA[Drawing and Modifying Multiple Dadoes]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:35:44 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114296/drawing-and-modifying-multiple-dadoes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114296/drawing-and-modifying-multiple-dadoes Drawing and Modifying Multiple Dadoes Posted by DaveRichards
Recently there was a discussion on one of the woodworking forums in which the original poster was looking for an efficient way to draw dadoes for dividers used to create cubbies or pigeon holes... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114296/drawing-and-modifying-multiple-dadoes
<![CDATA[Create a Cut List From Your Model]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:52:07 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114136/create-a-cut-list-from-your-model http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114136/create-a-cut-list-from-your-model Create a Cut List From Your Model Posted by DaveRichards
Once you've got the SketchUp model for your project detailed, you might be ready to head off to the shop. But maybe you'd like to know how much wood you'll need and how large the various parts are... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/114136/create-a-cut-list-from-your-model
<![CDATA[A New SketchUp Forum]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:15:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113998/a-new-sketchup-forum http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113998/a-new-sketchup-forum DaveRichards
The SketchUp team have started up a new forum for SketchUp and LayOut users. You can find it here. So in addition to the Design. Click. Build. blog and the Sketchucation Forum, there's now another... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113998/a-new-sketchup-forum
<![CDATA[Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:36:32 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113996/latticework-on-a-chinese-cabinet-door http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113996/latticework-on-a-chinese-cabinet-door Latticework on a Chinese Cabinet Door Posted by DaveRichards
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... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113996/latticework-on-a-chinese-cabinet-door
<![CDATA[Mortises in Round Legs--Trim and Keep]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:01:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113787/mortises-in-round-legs-trim-and-keep http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113787/mortises-in-round-legs-trim-and-keep Mortises in Round Legs--Trim and Keep Posted by DaveRichards
Generally, when I create SketchUp models of furniture, I like to get the bulk of the modeling completed and then go back and add joinery. As I've demonstrated in many of my blog posts, I make the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113787/mortises-in-round-legs-trim-and-keep
<![CDATA[Substitute a Texture for Geometry]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:35 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113663/substitute-a-texture-for-geometry http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113663/substitute-a-texture-for-geometry Substitute a Texture for Geometry Posted by DaveRichards
Sometimes the models I draw have repeated details that can be very tedious to draw. Unless I need to show that detail up close, I will consider using a texture material instead. In a blog post I made... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113663/substitute-a-texture-for-geometry
<![CDATA[A Transition from Leg to Stretcher]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:45:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113435/a-transition-from-leg-to-stretcher http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113435/a-transition-from-leg-to-stretcher A Transition from Leg to Stretcher Posted by DaveRichards
While perusing some of the used furniture sites, I came across a mahogany coffee table designed by Edmund Spance and manufactured in Mexico in 1953. I modeled this coffee table loosely after that... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113435/a-transition-from-leg-to-stretcher
<![CDATA[Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:23:10 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113285/pommels-and-other-square-to-round-transitions http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113285/pommels-and-other-square-to-round-transitions Pommels and Other Square to Round Transitions Posted by DaveRichards
The transitions between round and square sections are a common feature on things such as table legs and columns. Drawing them correctly in SketchUp can be a bit of a challenge if you aren't familiar... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113285/pommels-and-other-square-to-round-transitions
<![CDATA[Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:48:43 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113214/placing-back-rest-spindles-on-a-chair http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113214/placing-back-rest-spindles-on-a-chair Placing Back Rest Spindles on a Chair Posted by DaveRichards
I had an e-mail from a gentleman in Peru recently. He was trying to draw a chair something like these. He was trying to work out how to draw the hoop and then get the spindles into place. I expect as... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113214/placing-back-rest-spindles-on-a-chair
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2014 Maintenance Release 1]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:26:52 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113073/sketchup-2014-maintenance-release-1 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113073/sketchup-2014-maintenance-release-1 SketchUp 2014 Maintenance Release 1 Posted by DaveRichards
The folks on the SketchUp team have been hard at work and today released Maintenance Release 1 of SketchUp 2014. If you are using SketchUp 2014, it would be a good idea to download this version... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/113073/sketchup-2014-maintenance-release-1
<![CDATA[A Simple Way to Show Proposed Changes]]> Sun, 25 May 2014 14:21:54 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112922/a-simple-way-to-show-proposed-changes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112922/a-simple-way-to-show-proposed-changes A Simple Way to Show Proposed Changes Posted by DaveRichards
Sometimes we need to show others proposed changes to an existing object. This might be the addition of cabinets in a kitchen or maybe an extension to the kitchen. We want to show what already exists... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112922/a-simple-way-to-show-proposed-changes
<![CDATA[Adirondack Chair -- Placing the Back Slats]]> Sun, 04 May 2014 12:05:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112662/adirondack-chair-placing-the-back-slats http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112662/adirondack-chair-placing-the-back-slats Adirondack Chair -- Placing the Back Slats Posted by DaveRichards
Of all the pieces of furniture woodworkers make, chairs are probably the most difficult to get our heads around. Most cabinet work involves making rectangular boxes with square corners. Chairs are... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112662/adirondack-chair-placing-the-back-slats
<![CDATA[Screw Threads in SketchUp]]> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:13:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112614/screw-threads-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112614/screw-threads-in-sketchup Screw Threads in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Last week I had an e-mail conversation with a fellow who has been doing a bunch of 3D printing. He is working on an adaptor for something in his shop and wants to print a threaded part. He was... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112614/screw-threads-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:17:51 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112499/3d-basecamp-recap-and-a-lesson-reinforced http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112499/3d-basecamp-recap-and-a-lesson-reinforced 3D Basecamp Recap and a Lesson Reinforced Posted by DaveRichards
Last weekend my family and I drove out to Vail, CO for SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014. I look forward to these trips each time because it gives me a chance to see some friends and to find out first hand... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Drawing a Bin Pull]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112305/drawing-a-bin-pull http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112305/drawing-a-bin-pull Drawing a Bin Pull Posted by DaveRichards
I was asked about a method for drawing a bin pull type of of drawer pull. A long time ago I did a tutorial showing how to do that but that one seems to have evaporated into the ether so here we go... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112305/drawing-a-bin-pull
<![CDATA[Save Your Components]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:23:49 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112068/save-your-components http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112068/save-your-components Save Your Components Posted by DaveRichards
I've written a number of times about strategies for working efficiently in SketchUp. One of those strategies is to use components. I've often demonstrated some of the power in using components such... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/112068/save-your-components
<![CDATA[Putting a Bevel on a Gouge]]> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 08:51:59 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111797/putting-a-bevel-on-a-gouge http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111797/putting-a-bevel-on-a-gouge Putting a Bevel on a Gouge Posted by DaveRichards
Way back in one of my early blog posts I demonstrated a way to cut the bevel on a gouge. I had a request to revisit the process and unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the video disappeared before I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111797/putting-a-bevel-on-a-gouge
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2014 Is Now Available]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:08:29 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111780/sketchup-2014-is-now-available http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111780/sketchup-2014-is-now-available DaveRichards
Today Trimble announced that SketchUp 2014 has been released. The most obvious changes in SketchUp are the addition of two new Arc tools and a redesign of the 3D Warehouse which makes it easier to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111780/sketchup-2014-is-now-available
<![CDATA[A Woven Cane Seat]]> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:58:02 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111579/a-woven-cane-seat http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111579/a-woven-cane-seat A Woven Cane Seat Posted by DaveRichards
Once in awhile I need to illustrate elements such as the woven cane seat on this stool designed by Josef Hoffmann. Although the individual canes could be drawn, it would be tedious at best, create an... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111579/a-woven-cane-seat
<![CDATA[A Barrel Chair --part 2]]> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:21:25 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111373/a-barrel-chair-part-2 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111373/a-barrel-chair-part-2 A Barrel Chair --part 2 Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I drew the frame and panel for this barrel chair. In this video I'm showing how to get the seat frame, feet and the decorative buttons put in. There are two plugins used this... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111373/a-barrel-chair-part-2
<![CDATA[A Barrel Chair -- A Follow Me Lesson Pt. 1]]> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:57:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111204/a-barrel-chair-a-follow-me-lesson-pt-1 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111204/a-barrel-chair-a-follow-me-lesson-pt-1 A Barrel Chair -- A Follow Me Lesson Pt. 1 Posted by DaveRichards
This is the start of a barrel chair loosely based on a chair designed by Josef Hoffman and built by J. & J. Kohn in Vienna, Austria in 1901. The main part of the chair consists of a bent plywood... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/111204/a-barrel-chair-a-follow-me-lesson-pt-1
<![CDATA[Sneak Preview -- Pixel Perfect Plugin]]> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 10:56:25 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110901/sneak-preview-pixel-perfect-plugin http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110901/sneak-preview-pixel-perfect-plugin Sneak Preview -- Pixel Perfect Plugin Posted by DaveRichards
Printing to scale directly from SketchUp has always been a bit of a challenge. Especialy if you want to print full sized patterns to take to the shop. Users of the pro version have it pretty easy... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110901/sneak-preview-pixel-perfect-plugin
<![CDATA[Showing Veneers in SketchUp]]> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:50:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110575/showing-veneers-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110575/showing-veneers-in-sketchup Showing Veneers in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
This morning while I was poking around on the internet I came across some photos of an antique round table with a veneered top. The veneer was laid out in an interesting pattern with a star in the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110575/showing-veneers-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Materials--Adding a Finish, the Mac Version]]> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:58:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110425/materials-adding-a-finish-the-mac-version http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110425/materials-adding-a-finish-the-mac-version Materials--Adding a Finish, the Mac Version Posted by DaveRichards
Last week I showed how to edit material images on the PC. Things are different on the Mac, though. Here's how it works. First you'll need to tell SketchUp which app to open to edit the image file... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110425/materials-adding-a-finish-the-mac-version
<![CDATA[Materials--Adding a Finish]]> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:54:31 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110260/materials-adding-a-finish http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110260/materials-adding-a-finish Materials--Adding a Finish Posted by DaveRichards
Recently a friend send me an e-mail asking how if he could change the color of the wood grain material he had created for a model he was working on. It's actually an easy thing to do as I'll show... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110260/materials-adding-a-finish
<![CDATA[A Colonial Drop Leaf Tavern Table--Dealing With Intersecting Curves]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:24:58 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110153/a-colonial-drop-leaf-tavern-table-dealing-with-intersecting-curves http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110153/a-colonial-drop-leaf-tavern-table-dealing-with-intersecting-curves A Colonial Drop Leaf Tavern Table--Dealing With Intersecting Curves Posted by DaveRichards
In the last few weeks I've recieved a number of questions in regard to drawing things with intersecting curves. Although the questions have been asked about a variety of different models, the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/110153/a-colonial-drop-leaf-tavern-table-dealing-with-intersecting-curves
<![CDATA[Patterns for Lathe Work]]> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:35:40 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109900/patterns-for-lathe-work http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109900/patterns-for-lathe-work Patterns for Lathe Work Posted by DaveRichards
In a recent blog post I wrote a bit about drawing chess pieces and how to go from a profile to the 3D shape. Once you've got a turned shape, it might be nice to make a pattern you can use at the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109900/patterns-for-lathe-work
<![CDATA[The Sketchucation Plugin Store]]> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:54:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109597/the-sketchucation-plugin-store http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109597/the-sketchucation-plugin-store The Sketchucation Plugin Store Posted by DaveRichards
If you're like a large number of SketchUp users you have a love/hate relationship with it regarding plugins. There is a vast array of plugins out there that can speed up your drawing work or make it... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109597/the-sketchucation-plugin-store
<![CDATA[Chess Pieces--A Look at Follow Me With Small Parts]]> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:23:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109593/chess-pieces-a-look-at-follow-me-with-small-parts http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109593/chess-pieces-a-look-at-follow-me-with-small-parts Chess Pieces--A Look at Follow Me With Small Parts Posted by DaveRichards
I had a conversation a little while back with a new SketchUp user who wants to draw detailed pieces for a chess set. In a nutshell, the process involves drawing a section of the chess piece as a... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109593/chess-pieces-a-look-at-follow-me-with-small-parts
<![CDATA[Drawing the Butterfly Stool]]> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:12:34 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109340/drawing-the-butterfly-stool http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109340/drawing-the-butterfly-stool Drawing the Butterfly Stool Posted by DaveRichards
When I have a little free time I enjoy perusing several websites that specialize in selling used furniture. I often get design ideas from the images. The other day I came across a piece I'd not seen... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109340/drawing-the-butterfly-stool
<![CDATA[The Tape Measure and Protractor Tools]]> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:09:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109154/the-tape-measure-and-protractor-tools http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109154/the-tape-measure-and-protractor-tools The Tape Measure and Protractor Tools Posted by DaveRichards
Earlier this week I had an e-mail conversation with a friend and long time SketchUp user. We were talking about resizing his model or rather part of it. We started out talking about the Scale tool... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/109154/the-tape-measure-and-protractor-tools
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2013-- A New Maintenance Release]]> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:00:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108758/sketchup-2013-a-new-maintenance-release http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108758/sketchup-2013-a-new-maintenance-release DaveRichards
The SketchUp and LayOut teams have been hard at work and they've released another maintenance release for SketchUp 2013. If you are using it in either version, it would be worth updating so you can... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108758/sketchup-2013-a-new-maintenance-release
<![CDATA[CutList 4.1.7 Is Now Available]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:27:39 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108725/cutlist-417-is-now-available http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108725/cutlist-417-is-now-available CutList 4.1.7 Is Now Available Posted by DaveRichards
There's a new version of the CutList plugin for SketchUp. It appears to be mainly a packaging update to ensure compatibility with other extensions and to meet criteria for SketchUp's Extension... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108725/cutlist-417-is-now-available
<![CDATA[Adding a Crown to a Cabinet]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:37:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108665/adding-a-crown-to-a-cabinet http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108665/adding-a-crown-to-a-cabinet Adding a Crown to a Cabinet Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I drew the SketchUp model for the plan for Mario Rodriguez's Vanity Cabinet. Drawing the crown molding was an interesting excercise. I had few dimensions to work with and at first it seemed... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108665/adding-a-crown-to-a-cabinet
<![CDATA[Dovetails on a Sea Chest]]> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:51:46 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108514/dovetails-on-a-sea-chest http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108514/dovetails-on-a-sea-chest Dovetails on a Sea Chest Posted by DaveRichards
The Push/Pull tool is one of the fundamental tools in SketchUp. It is probably the most commonly used tool for making your models 3D and for modifying them. The Push/Pull tool has a couple of... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108514/dovetails-on-a-sea-chest
<![CDATA[Working Efficiently -- Shortcuts]]> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:38:21 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108348/working-efficiently-shortcuts http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108348/working-efficiently-shortcuts Working Efficiently -- Shortcuts Posted by DaveRichards
Lately I've been thinking a great deal about working efficiently in SketchUp. As with your work in the shop, working efficiently in SketchUp can improve accuracy, reduce errors and the time you spend... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108348/working-efficiently-shortcuts
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2013]]> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:59:28 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108129/sketchup-2013 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108129/sketchup-2013 SketchUp 2013 Posted by DaveRichards
SketchUp 2013 has been out for a few weeks now. Here's a look at a few new features as well as some tips for migrating from an older version to the new version. These things apply to both 2013 Pro as... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108129/sketchup-2013
<![CDATA[Bent Parts--Figuring Out Materials]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:36:43 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108001/bent-parts-figuring-out-materials http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108001/bent-parts-figuring-out-materials Bent Parts--Figuring Out Materials Posted by DaveRichards
Have you seen Matt Kenny's beautiful Bowfront Wall Cabinet? When I was working on the plan for it, I needed to be able to indicate how wide the veneer and flexible plywood pieces need to be to make... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/108001/bent-parts-figuring-out-materials
<![CDATA[Announcement: Release of CutList 4.1.6 ]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:42:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107925/announcement-release-of-cutlist-416 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107925/announcement-release-of-cutlist-416 DaveRichards
The author of the popular CutList plugin for SketchUp has just released an update which you can download here. This release fixes an issue which recently cropped up in which the HTML layout page... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107925/announcement-release-of-cutlist-416
<![CDATA[Working Efficiently in SketchUp]]> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:06:33 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107847/working-efficiently-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107847/working-efficiently-in-sketchup Working Efficiently in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day about finding ways to work efficiently in SketchUp.   ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107847/working-efficiently-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[SketchUp 2013 Released Today]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:11:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107578/sketchup-2013-released-today http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107578/sketchup-2013-released-today DaveRichards
SketchUp 2013 was released today. You can download the new versions, Pro and SketchUp Make (the free version) from the SketchUp site.  There are many under-the-hood improvements in the new versions... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107578/sketchup-2013-released-today
<![CDATA[The Adjustable Screw]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 14:04:55 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107513/the-adjustable-screw http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107513/the-adjustable-screw The Adjustable Screw Posted by DaveRichards
In the past I've written about making and saving components for future use. I've stressed repeatedly the use of components instead of groups and how to leverage components to save yourself work and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107513/the-adjustable-screw
<![CDATA[Curved Surfaces in SketchUp]]> Sun, 05 May 2013 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107358/curved-surfaces-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107358/curved-surfaces-in-sketchup Curved Surfaces in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
I've been wanting to do another blog post to demonstrate handling curved surfaces in SketchUp. While trolling the internet the other day I came across this side table by Robert Sukrachand that has... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107358/curved-surfaces-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[A New Way To Install Plugins and a Tool for Creating Custom Toolbars]]> Sun, 05 May 2013 09:01:54 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107364/a-new-way-to-install-plugins-and-a-tool-for-creating-custom-toolbars http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107364/a-new-way-to-install-plugins-and-a-tool-for-creating-custom-toolbars A New Way To Install Plugins and a Tool for Creating Custom Toolbars Posted by DaveRichards
Recently Sketchucation released the Plugin Store, the fastest and easiest way to get and manage plugins for SketchUp. Once you've installed the Plugin Store plugin, you'll have access to hundreds of... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107364/a-new-way-to-install-plugins-and-a-tool-for-creating-custom-toolbars
<![CDATA[Intersects to Create Mortises]]> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:47:13 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107297/intersects-to-create-mortises http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107297/intersects-to-create-mortises Intersects to Create Mortises Posted by DaveRichards
There are several different Intersect Faces options in SketchUp. The one most folks seem to use is Intersect Faces>With Model. I find in most cases that Intersect Faces>With Selection is more useful... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107297/intersects-to-create-mortises
<![CDATA[A Curved Leg With a Simple Inlay]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:56:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107181/a-curved-leg-with-a-simple-inlay http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107181/a-curved-leg-with-a-simple-inlay A Curved Leg With a Simple Inlay Posted by DaveRichards
A gentleman sent me a Sketchup file looking for a little guidance in drawing legs something like those on this table. He'd gotten up to the point of rounding over the outer face after which he wanted... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107181/a-curved-leg-with-a-simple-inlay
<![CDATA[Drawing Curves Through Points]]> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:55:39 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107118/drawing-curves-through-points http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107118/drawing-curves-through-points Drawing Curves Through Points Posted by DaveRichards
Often when you are drawing curves in SketchUp, you can manage using the Arc tool locating the end points and either the height of the arc (the bulge distance) or the radius. The Arc tool only draws... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/107118/drawing-curves-through-points
<![CDATA[Designing a Bandsaw Box]]> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:06:22 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106898/designing-a-bandsaw-box http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106898/designing-a-bandsaw-box Designing a Bandsaw Box Posted by DaveRichards
I received an inquiry from someone asking if SketchUp could be used to design bandsaw boxes. Although I hadn't really thought about doing so, I realized that it would work well for this. Often all... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106898/designing-a-bandsaw-box
<![CDATA[The Right Way to Approach It]]> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:59:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106606/the-right-way-to-approach-it http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106606/the-right-way-to-approach-it The Right Way to Approach It Posted by DaveRichards
Where do you start when you are drawing something in SketchUp? What is the right way to draw it? Often it doesn't really matter as long as you get to the end successfully. It can be like the age old... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106606/the-right-way-to-approach-it
<![CDATA[Coming Clean with Solid Modeling Techniques]]> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 14:20:12 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106476/coming-clean-with-solid-modeling-techniques http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106476/coming-clean-with-solid-modeling-techniques Coming Clean with Solid Modeling Techniques Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I had a discussion with a friend about modeling in SketchUp. We got to talking about things that create problems for users when drawing. These issues sometimes cause problems  Here are a... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106476/coming-clean-with-solid-modeling-techniques
<![CDATA[Countersinking Holes]]> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:32:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106199/countersinking-holes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106199/countersinking-holes Countersinking Holes Posted by DaveRichards
There was a question in the Knots SketchUp forum concerning drawing countersunk holes. I decided to do a quick demo showing a way to create them using the Move tool. There are other methods but this... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106199/countersinking-holes
<![CDATA[A Step Stool With Box Joints and Loose Tenons]]> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:10:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106014/a-step-stool-with-box-joints-and-loose-tenons http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106014/a-step-stool-with-box-joints-and-loose-tenons A Step Stool With Box Joints and Loose Tenons Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I received an e-mail from a reader who was struggling with small step stool he was trying to draw. His stool has angled legs that are wider at the bottom than at the top. The bevels and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/106014/a-step-stool-with-box-joints-and-loose-tenons
<![CDATA[Wudworx--A Handy Plugin Set For Joinery]]> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105991/wudworx-a-handy-plugin-set-for-joinery http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105991/wudworx-a-handy-plugin-set-for-joinery Wudworx--A Handy Plugin Set For Joinery Posted by DaveRichards
Almost exactly two years ago I wrote about a plugin tool set called Wudworx which has been very helpful for me in speeding up the process of drawing dovetail joints as well as basic mortises and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105991/wudworx-a-handy-plugin-set-for-joinery
<![CDATA[Drawing a Water Wheel]]> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:30:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105802/drawing-a-water-wheel http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105802/drawing-a-water-wheel Drawing a Water Wheel Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers e-mailed me and asked about drawing a waterwheel in SketchUp. He's setting up a plan for a wheel to be built as a kit and shipped to Honduras where it will be assembled and set up... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105802/drawing-a-water-wheel
<![CDATA[Drawing a Shop Cabinet in SketchUp - Casters and Drawers]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:47:47 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105556/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-casters-and-drawers http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105556/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-casters-and-drawers Drawing a Shop Cabinet in SketchUp - Casters and Drawers Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I showed drawing the case for a shop cabinet designed by a fellow woodworker. Now it's time to add drawers and some casters so we can move the thing around the shop. He and I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105556/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-casters-and-drawers
<![CDATA[Drawing a Shop Cabinet in SketchUp - Part I]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:02:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105391/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-part-i http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105391/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-part-i Drawing a Shop Cabinet in SketchUp - Part I Posted by DaveRichards
Last weekend, during an online training session with a woodworker who is learning SketchUp, he suggested the things we were doing might be useful for others who are in the same boat. We were working... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105391/drawing-a-shop-cabinet-in-sketchup-part-i
<![CDATA[A Raised Panel Door with a Cathedral Panel]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:54:14 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105203/a-raised-panel-door-with-a-cathedral-panel http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105203/a-raised-panel-door-with-a-cathedral-panel A Raised Panel Door with a Cathedral Panel Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a fellow asked about drawing frame and panel doors with arched or cathedral panels for a pantry cabinet he is designing. He is planning to have some tall doors at the bottom and a... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105203/a-raised-panel-door-with-a-cathedral-panel
<![CDATA[A Little Puzzle Box]]> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:08:29 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105092/a-little-puzzle-box http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105092/a-little-puzzle-box A Little Puzzle Box Posted by DaveRichards
Last weekend I spent a little time in the shop and made some little boxes to use as Christmas gifts. They are based upon a puzzle bank I found in the book Puzzles in Wood by E. M. Wyatt, published in... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/105092/a-little-puzzle-box
<![CDATA[Adding Diagonal Bracing]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 10:21:40 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104862/adding-diagonal-bracing http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104862/adding-diagonal-bracing Adding Diagonal Bracing Posted by DaveRichards
Every so often I have a need to add diagonal bracing to a project. The braces on the side of this book shelf are a good example of that. In the shop you would make the brace longer than needed, offer... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104862/adding-diagonal-bracing
<![CDATA[More Details -- A Bail Pull]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 05:30:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104584/more-details-a-bail-pull http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104584/more-details-a-bail-pull More Details -- A Bail Pull Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a friend of mine asked me how to draw this drawer pull with the bent bail. It looks pretty difficult but thanks to a plugin called Shape Bender. Take a look at this video.   Note, if... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104584/more-details-a-bail-pull
<![CDATA[How To Show Different Material Options]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:32:42 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104456/how-to-show-different-material-options http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104456/how-to-show-different-material-options How To Show Different Material Options Posted by DaveRichards
A couple of days ago I got an e-mail from a fellow who had drawn a SketchUp model for a project. He wanted to show his client some different wood options and asked how to do that. Here's a way to do... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104456/how-to-show-different-material-options
<![CDATA[Details -- Inserting an Ebony Spline]]> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:37:33 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104211/details-inserting-an-ebony-spline http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104211/details-inserting-an-ebony-spline Details -- Inserting an Ebony Spline Posted by DaveRichards
I've been working on a Greene & Greene-inspired bed recently. I needed to add an ebony spline to the corners between the posts and the top rails. Here's a video to demonstrate how I did it. Since I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/104211/details-inserting-an-ebony-spline
<![CDATA[SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:34:51 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58342/sketchup-3d-basecamp-a-brief-roundup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58342/sketchup-3d-basecamp-a-brief-roundup SketchUp 3D Basecamp -- A Brief Roundup Posted by DaveRichards
Earlier last week the SketchUp team and Trimble hosted 3D Basecamp in Boulder, Colorado. For avid SketchUp users 3DBC is a great time to network with and learn from other SketchUp users. I had an... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58342/sketchup-3d-basecamp-a-brief-roundup
<![CDATA[Revised CutList Plugin Available]]> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 20:10:04 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58091/revised-cutlist-plugin-available http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58091/revised-cutlist-plugin-available DaveRichards
I've been meaning to post a notice that there is an updated version of the CutList plugin. Finally I'm doing it. Version 4.1.4 is available here. The main updates according to the changelog have to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58091/revised-cutlist-plugin-available
<![CDATA[Creating Hardware For Your Models]]> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 08:44:37 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58067/creating-hardware-for-your-models http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58067/creating-hardware-for-your-models Creating Hardware For Your Models Posted by DaveRichards
Often the SketchUp models I draw are made to be shown to a client with the aim of gaining their approval for the construction of the piece. To help the client visualize the piece I often need to add... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/58067/creating-hardware-for-your-models
<![CDATA[Adding Some Realism To Your Models]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:51:56 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57824/adding-some-realism-to-your-models http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57824/adding-some-realism-to-your-models Adding Some Realism To Your Models Posted by DaveRichards
At some point you'll need to show your SketchUp model to someone else. You'll probably want to have a nice looking picture to show. There are a number of options for how to do that. From what I see... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57824/adding-some-realism-to-your-models
<![CDATA[Sliding Dovetails]]> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:39:07 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57458/sliding-dovetails http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57458/sliding-dovetails Sliding Dovetails Posted by DaveRichards
I answered a question recently about drawing sliding dovetails in SketchUp. I wound up making the attached video to show how I do it. It's quick, easy and painless and everything lines up... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57458/sliding-dovetails
<![CDATA[A New Maintenance Release for SketchUp 8]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57453/a-new-maintenance-release-for-sketchup-8 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57453/a-new-maintenance-release-for-sketchup-8 A New Maintenance Release for SketchUp 8 Posted by DaveRichards
The folks at SketchUp have just released a new maintenance release of SketchUp 8 today. It contains some bug fixes including one that appeared when Apple pushed an update for Safari. But the main... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57453/a-new-maintenance-release-for-sketchup-8
<![CDATA[Showing The Details]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:16:59 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57234/showing-the-details http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57234/showing-the-details Showing The Details Posted by DaveRichards
So you've created a SketchUp model of your project and included the joinery and other details so you can build it in the shop. How do you go about showing those details? There are several options... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/57234/showing-the-details
<![CDATA[Using Offset and Auto-Fold for Drawer Bottoms]]> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 07:50:41 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48618/using-offset-and-auto-fold-for-drawer-bottoms http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48618/using-offset-and-auto-fold-for-drawer-bottoms Using Offset and Auto-Fold for Drawer Bottoms Posted by DaveRichards
A few weeks ago Tim demonstrated a great way to draw beveled drawer bottoms. As with nearly everything in SketchUp, there's more than one way to do it. Here's an approach that I find works well for... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48618/using-offset-and-auto-fold-for-drawer-bottoms
<![CDATA[Quick and Easy Flutes]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:09:38 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48417/quick-and-easy-flutes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48417/quick-and-easy-flutes Quick and Easy Flutes Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was talking with a fellow about SketchUp and we got onto the topic of details and the return on the investment of time spent drawing them. I've always held the opinion that one should... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48417/quick-and-easy-flutes
<![CDATA[A Move Tool Exercise]]> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:36:31 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48304/a-move-tool-exercise http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48304/a-move-tool-exercise A Move Tool Exercise Posted by DaveRichards
 In the last week or so I've tutored several students whose key stumbling block with SketchUp was the Move tool. To a person, they were finding it difficult to accurately move elements of their... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48304/a-move-tool-exercise
<![CDATA[Turn Your Model Into a Real Object]]> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 13:25:42 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48068/turn-your-model-into-a-real-object http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48068/turn-your-model-into-a-real-object Turn Your Model Into a Real Object Posted by DaveRichards
Generally around here we focus on drawing SketchUp models that will be used eventually as the references for projects we'll build in the shop. Another application that might be useful to you is 3D... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48068/turn-your-model-into-a-real-object
<![CDATA[Divide and Conquer -- Handling Complex Geometry]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 08:38:19 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47880/divide-and-conquer-handling-complex-geometry http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47880/divide-and-conquer-handling-complex-geometry Divide and Conquer -- Handling Complex Geometry Posted by DaveRichards
Break down complex shapes into manageable chunks to make it easier to handle. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47880/divide-and-conquer-handling-complex-geometry
<![CDATA[Details, Details -- Drawing Cockbead for a Bow Front Chest]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:45:56 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47661/details-details-drawing-cockbead-for-a-bow-front-chest http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47661/details-details-drawing-cockbead-for-a-bow-front-chest Details, Details -- Drawing Cockbead for a Bow Front Chest Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I received an e-mail from a woodworker who was asking about how to draw the cockbead around the drawer openings on a bow front chest model he is working on. He managed to get the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47661/details-details-drawing-cockbead-for-a-bow-front-chest
<![CDATA[Component Axes and Flip]]> Sun, 27 May 2012 08:43:58 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47527/component-axes-and-flip http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47527/component-axes-and-flip Component Axes and Flip Posted by DaveRichards
Recently, during on of my online tutoriing sessions, my student and I were talking about the components in a corner cabinet model he was working on. He had drawn the components insitu as Tim and I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47527/component-axes-and-flip
<![CDATA[Printing Patterns for Templates]]> Tue, 01 May 2012 06:45:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47135/printing-patterns-for-templates http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47135/printing-patterns-for-templates Printing Patterns for Templates Posted by DaveRichards
Every so often I field questions about how to print full size patterns from SketchUp models. If the user is using the pro version, I suggest that the create a scene in SketchUp and send it to LayOut... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47135/printing-patterns-for-templates
<![CDATA[Drawing a Joggling Board]]> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:50:05 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46972/drawing-a-joggling-board http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46972/drawing-a-joggling-board Drawing a Joggling Board Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I received an e-mail from a reader who is learning SketchUp. He was having some difficulty with a few details on the model of a joggling board he was trying to draw. He asked me how I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46972/drawing-a-joggling-board
<![CDATA[SketchUp Has a New Home]]> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:00:30 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46920/sketchup-has-a-new-home http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46920/sketchup-has-a-new-home DaveRichards
This morning an announcement was made of SketchUp leaving Google and moving to Trimble. There's a blog post on the SketchUpDate blog here. It'll be interesting to see what new stuff comes out of... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46920/sketchup-has-a-new-home
<![CDATA[Personalize Projects for Clients]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 09:27:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46522/personalize-projects-for-clients http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46522/personalize-projects-for-clients Personalize Projects for Clients Posted by DaveRichards
When I am designing projects for clients I often try to find things I can add to the images that make the piece a little more personal to the client. A while back I designed this combination wash... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46522/personalize-projects-for-clients
<![CDATA[Mac Tool Bars]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46471/mac-tool-bars http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46471/mac-tool-bars Mac Tool Bars Posted by DaveRichards
There was a question in the Comments section of my blog post announcing Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers -- The Basics about setting up the toolbars on Mac. Here's the answer. First, toolbars on... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46471/mac-tool-bars
<![CDATA[Leveraging the Power of Components]]> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:57:29 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46058/leveraging-the-power-of-components http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46058/leveraging-the-power-of-components Leveraging the Power of Components Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was working on a little table that has legs that splay outward from the corners. I had the table nearly completed when I discovered I needed to add pegs to the the legs to retain the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/46058/leveraging-the-power-of-components
<![CDATA[Announcing Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:55:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45688/announcing-fine-woodworkings-google-sketchup-guide-for-woodworkers-the-basics http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45688/announcing-fine-woodworkings-google-sketchup-guide-for-woodworkers-the-basics Announcing Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics Posted by DaveRichards
First there was Tim Killen's ebook "SketchUp Guide For Woodworkers" and now there's Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers -- The Basics the video. This DVD, running over an hour... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45688/announcing-fine-woodworkings-google-sketchup-guide-for-woodworkers-the-basics
<![CDATA[A Turned, Octagonal Pedestal]]> Sat, 03 Mar 2012 09:48:34 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45503/a-turned-octagonal-pedestal http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45503/a-turned-octagonal-pedestal A Turned, Octagonal Pedestal Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I got an e-mail from a reader asking about how I would make a turned octagonal pedestal for a round table. Here’s how I did it.  The pedestal could be made in one piece but I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45503/a-turned-octagonal-pedestal
<![CDATA[Materials From a Photo]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:29:30 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45198/materials-from-a-photo http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45198/materials-from-a-photo Materials From a Photo Posted by DaveRichards
One of our regular readers sent me a SketchUp file he had been working on. It looked like this when I got it. His question related to painting his model to match the photo. He had imported the image... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/45198/materials-from-a-photo
<![CDATA[Graduated Dovetails and Curves]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:23:12 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44983/graduated-dovetails-and-curves http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44983/graduated-dovetails-and-curves Graduated Dovetails and Curves Posted by DaveRichards
A friend and reader of the blog sent me an e-mail the other day asking me how I would go about drawing dovetails similar to the ones I've got here. The pins and spacing between them are graduated... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44983/graduated-dovetails-and-curves
<![CDATA[Learning the Fundamentals]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2012 13:21:58 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44789/learning-the-fundamentals http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44789/learning-the-fundamentals Learning the Fundamentals Posted by DaveRichards
A group of friends are learning to use SketchUp. Each of them are at different points along the learning curve. They asked me to give them some sort of SketchUp homework to kind of force them to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44789/learning-the-fundamentals
<![CDATA[Warming Up]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:50:20 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44511/warming-up http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44511/warming-up Warming Up Posted by DaveRichards
Back in FWW#196 Gary Rogowski wrote an article advocating some morning warm-up exercises as a way to start his day in the shop. He likes to cut a quick dovetail joint in a couple of scraps. It's not... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44511/warming-up
<![CDATA[Mitering Moldings]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:52:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44376/mitering-moldings http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44376/mitering-moldings Mitering Moldings Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine in the UK is working on a SketchUp drawing of a tall clock. this morning he sent me his file asking for some direction as far as mitering a molding made of several separate pieces... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44376/mitering-moldings
<![CDATA[Opposing Arches]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 21:33:30 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44060/opposing-arches http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44060/opposing-arches Opposing Arches Posted by DaveRichards
Our reader, noman1, asked about drawing a pair of opposing arches. The video shows one way to draw them. The method is slightly more involved than it might be but it isn't at all difficult. These... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/44060/opposing-arches
<![CDATA[A Leg With Curves]]> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:24:06 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43444/a-leg-with-curves http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43444/a-leg-with-curves A Leg With Curves Posted by DaveRichards
A reader asked me to describe how to make legs of the sort shown on this table. Here's one way to do it.       ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43444/a-leg-with-curves
<![CDATA[Happy Holidays]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:20:27 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43397/happy-holidays http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43397/happy-holidays Happy Holidays Posted by DaveRichards
To all of our readers, here's wishing you a happy holiday season. Thanks for your help. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43397/happy-holidays
<![CDATA[SketchUp 8 M2 Released]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 08:32:53 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43076/sketchup-8-m2-released http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43076/sketchup-8-m2-released DaveRichards
Yesterday Google released the second maintenance release of SketchUp 8. There are more than 150 bug fixes and other under-the-hood tweaks. For those who have difficulty installing plugins from ZIP... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/43076/sketchup-8-m2-released
<![CDATA[Using Match Photo]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:56:58 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/42564/using-match-photo http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/42564/using-match-photo Using Match Photo Posted by DaveRichards
There's a feature in SketchUp called Match Photo which allows the user to import a photograph and use it as a reference for drawing. It was originally intended to make it easy to draw buildings but... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/42564/using-match-photo
<![CDATA[Exchanging Components]]> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:37:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41850/exchanging-components http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41850/exchanging-components Exchanging Components Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I wrote about locating the insertion point of components to make it easier to place them. Doing that makes it possible to just drag and drop them into other models. They wind... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41850/exchanging-components
<![CDATA[Component Insertion]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 12:19:39 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41609/component-insertion http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41609/component-insertion Component Insertion Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I wrote about setting the insertion point for components to make them easy to place in models. A couple of readers let me know that they weren't sure how to do this. Some... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41609/component-insertion
<![CDATA[Make It Go Faster]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:21:59 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41292/make-it-go-faster http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41292/make-it-go-faster Make It Go Faster Posted by DaveRichards
  The other day I was involved in a discussion about how to speed up the drawing work. The point was that no matter how much time was spent creating the drawing of a project, you still have to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41292/make-it-go-faster
<![CDATA[Making Exploded Views]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2011 12:46:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40810/making-exploded-views http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40810/making-exploded-views Making Exploded Views Posted by DaveRichards
Exploded views are a common way to show details in a drawing of a project. They are an excellent way to show how the parts relate to each other. One of the many advantages of creating a SketchUp... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40810/making-exploded-views
<![CDATA[Where Will You Put Your Dreamshop?]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:56:44 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40519/where-will-you-put-your-dreamshop http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40519/where-will-you-put-your-dreamshop Where Will You Put Your Dreamshop? Posted by DaveRichards
So you've designed the inside of your your Dream Shop. Now where are you going to put your new shop building? You could use SketchUp to help you decide. To do this, you'll want the Google toolbar. If... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40519/where-will-you-put-your-dreamshop
<![CDATA[Pie Crust -- Variations in the Recipe]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 20:54:27 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40061/pie-crust-variations-in-the-recipe http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40061/pie-crust-variations-in-the-recipe Pie Crust -- Variations in the Recipe Posted by DaveRichards
Limiting file size and showing different construction options in your sketchUp model. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/40061/pie-crust-variations-in-the-recipe
<![CDATA[More Iron Work -- A Twisted Basket]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:26:46 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39691/more-iron-work-a-twisted-basket http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39691/more-iron-work-a-twisted-basket More Iron Work -- A Twisted Basket Posted by DaveRichards
In the comments to my post on drawing twisted spindles, Scott asked about creating a twisted basket for a spindle. I hadn't thought about this before and I wasn't quite sure of the best approach but... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39691/more-iron-work-a-twisted-basket
<![CDATA[Cardinal Points -- A Little Known Aspect of the Move Tool]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:23:10 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39332/cardinal-points-a-little-known-aspect-of-the-move-tool http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39332/cardinal-points-a-little-known-aspect-of-the-move-tool Cardinal Points -- A Little Known Aspect of the Move Tool Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I was working through some SketchUp training documentation in preparation for a class and came across a discussion about an aspect of the Move tool when it is used on circles, polygons and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39332/cardinal-points-a-little-known-aspect-of-the-move-tool
<![CDATA[Save the Changes]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 08:06:58 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39033/save-the-changes http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39033/save-the-changes Save the Changes Posted by DaveRichards
Often, when I am working on a project for a client, the project will go through multiple revisions as the design evolves. This is generally a collaborative effort between my client, his client and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/39033/save-the-changes
<![CDATA[It's A Matter of Perspective]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:16:21 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38751/its-a-matter-of-perspective http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38751/its-a-matter-of-perspective It's A Matter of Perspective Posted by DaveRichards
A week or so ago I was chatting with a new SketchUp user. He was asking if he could control the perspective in his views of his model. As it turns out there is a lot of freedom to control the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38751/its-a-matter-of-perspective
<![CDATA[A Little Iron Work -- Some Quick Twisted Spindles]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:53:23 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38597/a-little-iron-work-some-quick-twisted-spindles http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38597/a-little-iron-work-some-quick-twisted-spindles A Little Iron Work -- Some Quick Twisted Spindles Posted by DaveRichards
This afternoon a friend asked me if I had a good way to draw twisted iron spindles similar to the one on the left in the photograph. I hadn't really thought about drawing an iron railing before but I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38597/a-little-iron-work-some-quick-twisted-spindles
<![CDATA[Editing SketchUp Materials]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:55:34 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38512/editing-sketchup-materials http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38512/editing-sketchup-materials Editing SketchUp Materials Posted by DaveRichards
Sometimes I find I want to give the idea that the wood grain material I've used in my SketchUp model has been stained, shellacked or varnished. there are some limited controls available under the Edit... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38512/editing-sketchup-materials
<![CDATA[From 3D Model to Shop Plan -- A Workflow Example]]> Mon, 30 May 2011 09:10:31 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38214/from-3d-model-to-shop-plan-a-workflow-example http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38214/from-3d-model-to-shop-plan-a-workflow-example From 3D Model to Shop Plan -- A Workflow Example Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a friend of mine was asking me about how I go from a 3D model in SketchUp to a plan or shop drawing. He was looking for an efficient way to do the same thing so he can spend more time... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/38214/from-3d-model-to-shop-plan-a-workflow-example
<![CDATA[Putting Slats on an Adirondack Chair]]> Fri, 13 May 2011 09:17:32 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37728/putting-slats-on-an-adirondack-chair http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37728/putting-slats-on-an-adirondack-chair Putting Slats on an Adirondack Chair Posted by DaveRichards
I had a request for the contents of a blog post I did on the old blog platform. I no longer have the text and images but I found the model so I could redo it. Perhaps this will be new for some... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37728/putting-slats-on-an-adirondack-chair
<![CDATA[Creating New Materials]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:50:16 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37289/creating-new-materials http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37289/creating-new-materials Creating New Materials Posted by DaveRichards
Last week  I was asked to describe how I make wood grain materials for use in SketchUp. Here's a bit of the discussion we had. To start with, I find some useful images. For wood grain materials... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/37289/creating-new-materials
<![CDATA[Drawing With Plugins]]> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 09:32:21 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36563/drawing-with-plugins http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36563/drawing-with-plugins Drawing With Plugins Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was looking through an old book and came across a ladder back chair with a rush seat. I thought it would make an interesting excercise in SketchUp and commenced to drawing it. I made... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36563/drawing-with-plugins
<![CDATA[Resizing a Model]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:07:03 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36283/resizing-a-model http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36283/resizing-a-model Resizing a Model Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog entry I mentioned that, after drawing the model to the dimensions of the original, I would like to make it slightly deeper. I also think wider would be good. At the request of one... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36283/resizing-a-model
<![CDATA[Using a Reference Sketch—Another Approach]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:42:12 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36171/using-a-reference-sketchanother-approach http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36171/using-a-reference-sketchanother-approach Using a Reference Sketch—Another Approach Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post entry I wrote about tracing a reference drawing to get the basics for a 3D model. sometimes the reference drawing isn't at all useful for tracing. It may not be drawn... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36171/using-a-reference-sketchanother-approach
<![CDATA[Tracing a Reference Drawing]]> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 23:19:23 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36015/tracing-a-reference-drawing http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36015/tracing-a-reference-drawing Tracing a Reference Drawing Posted by DaveRichards
Once in awhile it happens that you want to draw a SketchUp model from a sketch on paper. Perhaps it is something you've drawn out by hand or as in this example, it's from a an old book published in... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/36015/tracing-a-reference-drawing
<![CDATA[Stopped Curved Chamfers]]> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 13:27:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35684/stopped-curved-chamfers http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35684/stopped-curved-chamfers Stopped Curved Chamfers Posted by DaveRichards
When I was working on the SketchUp model for the plans to Michael Peckovich's Arts and Crafts Dining Table I had to draw the chamfers on the curved end caps of the hayrake stretcher. The... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35684/stopped-curved-chamfers
<![CDATA[Reusing Your Models]]> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 11:14:30 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35562/reusing-your-models http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35562/reusing-your-models Reusing Your Models Posted by DaveRichards
Students of programs like AutoCAD learn early to never draw anything twice. The same applies in SketchUp. If you can do so, reuse components you've drawn rather than redrawing them. I written in the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35562/reusing-your-models
<![CDATA[Drawing a Flame Finial]]> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:00:41 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35227/drawing-a-flame-finial http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35227/drawing-a-flame-finial Drawing a Flame Finial Posted by DaveRichards
I've been asked several times to show how to draw a flame finial. Here's one way to do it. I used three different plugins for this; Tools on Surface, Weld, and Extrude Edges by Rails. I created the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/35227/drawing-a-flame-finial
<![CDATA[Kitchens In SketchUp]]> Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:31:51 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34801/kitchens-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34801/kitchens-in-sketchup Kitchens In SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
I had an e-mail today from a reader who is interested in using SketchUp for laying out kitchen cabinets. He was asking for suggestions on how to make this an efficient task. He also wants to be able... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34801/kitchens-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Hand Drawn in SketchUp]]> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:05:43 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34483/hand-drawn-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34483/hand-drawn-in-sketchup Hand Drawn in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
One of the strengths of using SketchUp for woodworking projects, or, for that matter, just about any project, is that it can help you communicate clearly with your client even if that client is a... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34483/hand-drawn-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Rounding Corners on Legs and Stretchers]]> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 21:38:48 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34200/rounding-corners-on-legs-and-stretchers http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34200/rounding-corners-on-legs-and-stretchers Rounding Corners on Legs and Stretchers Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers contacted me today asking for a suggestion on how to draw radiused edges on components when those components meet. The example he used and which I am using for this demonstration... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34200/rounding-corners-on-legs-and-stretchers
<![CDATA[Installing Plugins from Zipped Files]]> Sun, 02 Jan 2011 22:44:20 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34107/installing-plugins-from-zipped-files http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34107/installing-plugins-from-zipped-files Installing Plugins from Zipped Files Posted by DaveRichards
In the last few weeks a number of folks have contacted me regarding problems they've had installing various plugins that are downloaded as zipped files. Installing these plugins as well as extracting... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/34107/installing-plugins-from-zipped-files
<![CDATA[Making Waves]]> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:35:50 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33604/making-waves http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33604/making-waves Making Waves Posted by DaveRichards
Guidelines and a simple, native script make it easy ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33604/making-waves
<![CDATA[Biscuits and Gravy]]> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 21:24:18 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33032/biscuits-and-gravy http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33032/biscuits-and-gravy Biscuits and Gravy Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a reader asked e-mailed me to ask about how to cut draw biscuit slots in SketchUp. Although when I'm drawing models for my own use I don't draw these sorts of details, the process is... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33032/biscuits-and-gravy
<![CDATA[A Star Exercise]]> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:28:55 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33023/a-star-exercise http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33023/a-star-exercise A Star Exercise Posted by DaveRichards
This isn't strictly a woodworking project. I just wanted to get you thinking outside the box a little. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/33023/a-star-exercise
<![CDATA[More Than One Way]]> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:50:43 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32903/more-than-one-way http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32903/more-than-one-way More Than One Way Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was asked about the best way to draw a tapered Shaker-style leg in SketchUp. I don't think there is a best way to do it although some ways might be easier than others. Just as in... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32903/more-than-one-way
<![CDATA[Watermark Your Drawings]]> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:57:31 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32696/watermark-your-drawings http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32696/watermark-your-drawings Watermark Your Drawings Posted by DaveRichards
Sometimes it is useful to add a watermark to your SketchUp drawings. Perhaps you want to add a notice of copyright or you'd liked to mark the images as drafts. You could do this in some image editors... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32696/watermark-your-drawings
<![CDATA[A Look At The Camera Tools]]> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 21:21:25 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32500/a-look-at-the-camera-tools http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32500/a-look-at-the-camera-tools A Look At The Camera Tools Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine and I were talking the other day and he suggested I do a blog post about the tools on the Camera toolbar. It's a fairly straightforward set of tools but I think there are a few often... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32500/a-look-at-the-camera-tools
<![CDATA[Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 2]]> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 19:59:48 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32434/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-2 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32434/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-2 Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 2 Posted by DaveRichards
In part 1 of this series, I showed a way to create the complex surface on the front of a Boston Bombé chest. In this installment I'll go through creating the case side, drawer fronts and the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32434/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-2
<![CDATA[Cut List Plugin Installation]]> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:47:26 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32267/cut-list-plugin-installation http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32267/cut-list-plugin-installation Cut List Plugin Installation Posted by DaveRichards
I've been contacted by several folks who have had difficulty getting the CutList plugin to work. The problem seems to come from the way they are installing it. Here are some screen shots that will... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32267/cut-list-plugin-installation
<![CDATA[Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 1]]> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 10:07:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32225/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-1 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32225/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-1 Bombe Chest - An Exercise in Complex Geometry - Pt. 1 Posted by DaveRichards
I have a bunch of great woodworking friends who use SketchUp. They are always coming up with challenging projects. One of my friends asked me about how to go about drawing a chest like the one... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32225/bombe-chest-an-exercise-in-complex-geometry-pt-1
<![CDATA[A Tiled Floor - Creating a Material in SketchUp]]> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:49:52 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32016/a-tiled-floor-creating-a-material-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32016/a-tiled-floor-creating-a-material-in-sketchup A Tiled Floor - Creating a Material in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Some friends of mine e-mailed me yesterday to ask about an easy and efficient way to create a tiled floor in SketchUp. Here's what I came up with for them. One option would be to draw the tiles as... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/32016/a-tiled-floor-creating-a-material-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[CutList 4.1.1 -- A More In Depth Look]]> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 17:25:53 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31860/cutlist-411-a-more-in-depth-look http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31860/cutlist-411-a-more-in-depth-look CutList 4.1.1 -- A More In Depth Look Posted by DaveRichards
The Cut List plugin written by Steve Racz is one of the more useful tools in my Plugins folder. I use it on nearly every SketchUp project I do these days. In my previous blog entry I announced the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31860/cutlist-411-a-more-in-depth-look
<![CDATA[Cutlist 4.1.1 For SketchUp Released Today]]> Mon, 04 Oct 2010 06:56:17 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31758/cutlist-411-for-sketchup-released-today http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31758/cutlist-411-for-sketchup-released-today Cutlist 4.1.1 For SketchUp Released Today Posted by DaveRichards
I've written in the past about the very handy CutList and Materials plugin. The author has been busy during his southern hemisphere winter making some modifications and additions. Today he... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31758/cutlist-411-for-sketchup-released-today
<![CDATA[A Fluted Quarter Column]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 13:21:26 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31544/a-fluted-quarter-column http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31544/a-fluted-quarter-column A Fluted Quarter Column Posted by DaveRichards
I was working on a SketchUp project recently that required some small fluted quarter columns. Conveniently, the March/April 2010 issue of Fine Woodworking has a great article by Jeff Headley on how... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31544/a-fluted-quarter-column
<![CDATA[Turn a Straight Border Pattern into a Curved Border Pattern]]> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:25:21 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31187/turn-a-straight-border-pattern-into-a-curved-border-pattern http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31187/turn-a-straight-border-pattern-into-a-curved-border-pattern Turn a Straight Border Pattern into a Curved Border Pattern Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers and a new SketchUp user was looking for a way to create a curved pattern for the rim of a bowl he has turned. He has a straight Celtic knotwork border to start with and wondered if... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31187/turn-a-straight-border-pattern-into-a-curved-border-pattern
<![CDATA[SketchUp 8 Pro: A Look at Some of the Solid Tools]]> Sat, 11 Sep 2010 13:24:49 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31103/sketchup-8-pro-a-look-at-some-of-the-solid-tools http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31103/sketchup-8-pro-a-look-at-some-of-the-solid-tools SketchUp 8 Pro: A Look at Some of the Solid Tools Posted by DaveRichards
As Tim mentioned in his last post, one of the new additions to SketchUp 8 Pro is the Solid Tools set. This is a powerful group of tools for performing Boolean operations. In this post I'm going to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/31103/sketchup-8-pro-a-look-at-some-of-the-solid-tools
<![CDATA[Sculpting A Chair Seat]]> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:32:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30631/sculpting-a-chair-seat http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30631/sculpting-a-chair-seat Sculpting A Chair Seat Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine has been learning to use SketchUp. He decided to use a model of the beautiful Welsh stick chairs he builds. It's a pretty complex thing to draw especially as you're learning the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30631/sculpting-a-chair-seat
<![CDATA[Raised Panel Doors: Adding An Intermediate Rail on a Tall Door]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:38:50 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30295/raised-panel-doors-adding-an-intermediate-rail-on-a-tall-door http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30295/raised-panel-doors-adding-an-intermediate-rail-on-a-tall-door Raised Panel Doors: Adding An Intermediate Rail on a Tall Door Posted by DaveRichards
In the previous blog entry I demonstrated a couple of ways to make raised panel doors. I ran out of space for images in that post but I wanted to show how to make the intermediate rail in a tall door... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30295/raised-panel-doors-adding-an-intermediate-rail-on-a-tall-door
<![CDATA[Easy and Easier Raised Panel Doors]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 20:03:48 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30274/easy-and-easier-raised-panel-doors http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30274/easy-and-easier-raised-panel-doors Easy and Easier Raised Panel Doors Posted by DaveRichards
Here are a couple of quick ways to draw raised panel doors. One is down and dirty and gets the idea across. The other is more detailed and would provide needed information for a cut list if desired. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/30274/easy-and-easier-raised-panel-doors
<![CDATA[Trying on a Different Look]]> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 19:01:52 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29839/trying-on-a-different-look http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29839/trying-on-a-different-look Trying on a Different Look Posted by DaveRichards
I was chatting with a woodworker the other day about SketchUp. He's fairly new to it and was asking about how he might go about showing his clients various options for their kitchen projects. Hes... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29839/trying-on-a-different-look
<![CDATA[A Lattice for a Wine Rack]]> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:20:23 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29785/a-lattice-for-a-wine-rack http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29785/a-lattice-for-a-wine-rack A Lattice for a Wine Rack Posted by DaveRichards
Components and the Flip command make easy work of drawing a lattice grid for a wine rack. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29785/a-lattice-for-a-wine-rack
<![CDATA[A Decorative Carved Fan in SketchUp]]> Wed, 07 Jul 2010 18:27:32 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29421/a-decorative-carved-fan-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29421/a-decorative-carved-fan-in-sketchup A Decorative Carved Fan in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Carved fans and shells are a defining detail on Queen Anne-style furniture. The other day I had a request from a friend to show how I would go about drawing detail such as this. As with most things... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29421/a-decorative-carved-fan-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[A Look At Outliner and Report Generator]]> Sun, 04 Jul 2010 09:50:59 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29351/a-look-at-outliner-and-report-generator http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29351/a-look-at-outliner-and-report-generator A Look At Outliner and Report Generator Posted by DaveRichards
Sometimes a SketchUp model can become complex enough that it is difficult to locate specific parts easily. They may be located inside the model or otherwise out of sight. If you use a lot of nested... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29351/a-look-at-outliner-and-report-generator
<![CDATA[Quick and Easy Mortises and Tenons]]> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 19:39:55 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29083/quick-and-easy-mortises-and-tenons http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29083/quick-and-easy-mortises-and-tenons DaveRichards
Mortises and tenons aren't really very difficult to draw in SketchUp but it can be tedious work when you have a lot of them to do. Recently a mortise and tenon plugin for the commercial Wudworx tool... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/29083/quick-and-easy-mortises-and-tenons
<![CDATA[An Upholstered Chair Cushion]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:44:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/28477/an-upholstered-chair-cushion http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/28477/an-upholstered-chair-cushion An Upholstered Chair Cushion Posted by DaveRichards
Our reader, Nollie, asked about how to make a cushion for a dining chair he's working on. Here's a simple approach to create a cushion. I'm using a model I did awhile back of Kevin Rodel's Arts and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/28477/an-upholstered-chair-cushion
<![CDATA[An Elliptical Table Top]]> Sun, 30 May 2010 11:32:03 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27614/an-elliptical-table-top http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27614/an-elliptical-table-top An Elliptical Table Top Posted by DaveRichards
The other day a reader asked about how to draw an elliptical table top. Coincidentally I just did a drawing of a small table with an elliptical top. Here's how I drew that top. While there are... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27614/an-elliptical-table-top
<![CDATA[The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail]]> Thu, 27 May 2010 20:47:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27565/the-blacker-house-chair-leg-detail http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27565/the-blacker-house-chair-leg-detail The Blacker House Chair Leg Detail Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers asked about how to draw the indent detail from the Greene and Greene-designed Blacker House chair legs. As with most procedures, there are perhaps a number of ways to approach this... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27565/the-blacker-house-chair-leg-detail
<![CDATA[A Barley Twist in SketchUp]]> Sun, 23 May 2010 13:07:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27407/a-barley-twist-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27407/a-barley-twist-in-sketchup A Barley Twist in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine asked me if I could draw a two-start barley twist. With a couple of plugins, this turns out to be a fairly easy proposition. I used the Draw Helix, Weld and and Extrude Edges by... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27407/a-barley-twist-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise]]> Fri, 21 May 2010 22:39:04 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27388/sugar-scoop-a-follow-me-and-pushpull-excercise http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27388/sugar-scoop-a-follow-me-and-pushpull-excercise Sugar Scoop - A Follow Me and Push/Pull Excercise Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I had an e-mail from a reader who was asking about how to draw a wooden scoop similar to the one shown here. Like the Ruhlman-inspired leg in my previous blog entry, it is easier than... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27388/sugar-scoop-a-follow-me-and-pushpull-excercise
<![CDATA[A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg]]> Wed, 12 May 2010 08:17:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27201/a-ruhlmann-influenced-leg http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27201/a-ruhlmann-influenced-leg A Ruhlmann-Influenced Leg Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I was looking around for ideas for a small cabinet design. I saw a piece by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann that was interesting. I decided it would be a good starting point for my own design... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/27201/a-ruhlmann-influenced-leg
<![CDATA[Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp]]> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:25:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/26539/handcut-dovetailsin-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/26539/handcut-dovetailsin-sketchup Handcut Dovetails....in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
In a previous blog entry I demonstrated a very handy plugin for drawing dovetails. It works very well and is exceedingly fast. After seeing that demonstration, several readers asked me about how to... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/26539/handcut-dovetailsin-sketchup
<![CDATA[Printing Templates--Two Approaches]]> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:06:53 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25890/printing-templates-two-approaches http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25890/printing-templates-two-approaches Printing Templates--Two Approaches Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I've fielded some questions about how to print templates that span several pages. Tim has written about this in past but here's another go at it. Since I have the pro version of SketchUp, my... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25890/printing-templates-two-approaches
<![CDATA[A Quick Look at Bezier.rb]]> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:55:43 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25830/a-quick-look-at-bezierrb http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25830/a-quick-look-at-bezierrb A Quick Look at Bezier.rb Posted by DaveRichards
In my previous blog post I used a plugin called Bezier.rb to draw some of the curves on the turned portions of the leg. I had several requests from readers about using that tool so I've done a little... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25830/a-quick-look-at-bezierrb
<![CDATA[A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp]]> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:18:06 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25458/a-sheraton-leg-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25458/a-sheraton-leg-in-sketchup A Sheraton Leg in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Watching Philip C. Lowe's current video series showing how to make a Sheraton-style leg got me to thinking about drawing it in SketchUp. The turned portions at the top and bottom are fairly... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25458/a-sheraton-leg-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge]]> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:19:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25321/components-make-unique-a-simple-piano-hinge http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25321/components-make-unique-a-simple-piano-hinge Components & Make Unique -- A Simple Piano Hinge Posted by DaveRichards
A reader made a request via the Knots forum to see a tutorial on making a piano hinge. Here's an approach to doing that which leverages components to make for a quick job and results in a hardware... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/25321/components-make-unique-a-simple-piano-hinge
<![CDATA[Drawing Dovetails With a New Plugin]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:51:03 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24751/drawing-dovetails-with-a-new-plugin http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24751/drawing-dovetails-with-a-new-plugin Drawing Dovetails With a New Plugin Posted by DaveRichards
I'm always on the look out for SketchUp plugins that will save me time and make drawing easier. This weekend a new commercial plugin called WUDWORX was released and it really speeds up the drawing of... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24751/drawing-dovetails-with-a-new-plugin
<![CDATA[Jefferson's Bookstand - Another Workflow Example]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:02:49 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24328/jeffersons-bookstand-another-workflow-example http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24328/jeffersons-bookstand-another-workflow-example Jefferson's Bookstand - Another Workflow Example Posted by DaveRichards
  There are a lot of ways to approach drawing a model in SketchUp. I think most users develop a work flow that works for them. Recently I've spoken with several woodworkers who have told me... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/24328/jeffersons-bookstand-another-workflow-example
<![CDATA[Clock Numbers, Again]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 20:02:18 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23970/clock-numbers-again http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23970/clock-numbers-again Clock Numbers, Again Posted by DaveRichards
As Chuck Miller over at Fine HomeBuilding is wont to say, "There's a better way."   In SketchUp there's nearly always more than one way to do something and sometimes one way is better than the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23970/clock-numbers-again
<![CDATA[Numbers on a Clock Face -- Preparing 3D Text for Use]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:33:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23873/numbers-on-a-clock-face-preparing-3d-text-for-use http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23873/numbers-on-a-clock-face-preparing-3d-text-for-use Numbers on a Clock Face -- Preparing 3D Text for Use Posted by DaveRichards
Recently I've been doodling out a mission style hall clock based on one shown in an old book titled "Mission Furniture: How To Make It. After hunting around for a suitable clock face image, I decided... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23873/numbers-on-a-clock-face-preparing-3d-text-for-use
<![CDATA[Adding Materials to Your Model]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:35:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23791/adding-materials-to-your-model http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23791/adding-materials-to-your-model Adding Materials to Your Model Posted by DaveRichards
A few weeks ago I demonstrated my process for drawing a piece of furniture using this fern stand based on a drawing in a book called Mission furniture: How To Make It. Now I'd like to show you how I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23791/adding-materials-to-your-model
<![CDATA[Modifying a Model]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2010 22:55:08 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23220/modifying-a-model http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23220/modifying-a-model Modifying a Model Posted by DaveRichards
  So after you've drawn up your model and shown it to your client, they come back and ask if you could change the dimensions. "Sure," you say, "I'll just start from scratch and make a new... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23220/modifying-a-model
<![CDATA[Moldings By Follow Me]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2010 21:38:59 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23154/moldings-by-follow-me http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23154/moldings-by-follow-me Moldings By Follow Me Posted by DaveRichards
Recently there have been some questions regarding the use of Follow Me to add a molding around a cabinet. I did a quick little video demo that will hopefully clarify and perhaps even expand your... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/23154/moldings-by-follow-me
<![CDATA[A Fern Stand: Demonstrating My Drawing Process]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:27:37 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22911/a-fern-stand-demonstrating-my-drawing-process http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22911/a-fern-stand-demonstrating-my-drawing-process A Fern Stand: Demonstrating My Drawing Process Posted by DaveRichards
There are a lot of ways to draw things in SketchUp. Some folks like to draw the parts for a project in... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22911/a-fern-stand-demonstrating-my-drawing-process
<![CDATA[SketchUp and the Lathe]]> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 10:35:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22170/sketchup-and-the-lathe http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22170/sketchup-and-the-lathe SketchUp and the Lathe Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers asked me about the possibility of using SketchUp to design turned vessels. Tim and I have both shown examples of turned legs for tables and other furniture but there's no reason... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/22170/sketchup-and-the-lathe
<![CDATA[Save Components For Future Use]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2009 09:57:17 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21991/save-components-for-future-use http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21991/save-components-for-future-use Save Components For Future Use Posted by DaveRichards
After you've gone to the effort to draw things that you might use again such as molding profiles, hardware, frame and panel doors, save those components to make them easy to retrieve later. Here are... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21991/save-components-for-future-use
<![CDATA[Drawing Curved Slats for a Chair]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 21:44:25 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21456/drawing-curved-slats-for-a-chair http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21456/drawing-curved-slats-for-a-chair Drawing Curved Slats for a Chair Posted by DaveRichards
A friend of mine asked me about drawing some curved back slats for a chair. The slats I was thinking about are something like you might see on a Maloof-inspired rocking chair. I thought this would... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/21456/drawing-curved-slats-for-a-chair
<![CDATA[Wrapping Beadboard Around a Curved Surface]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2009 22:36:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20905/wrapping-beadboard-around-a-curved-surface http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20905/wrapping-beadboard-around-a-curved-surface Wrapping Beadboard Around a Curved Surface Posted by DaveRichards
My friend Dermot emailed me today with a little puzzle. He's working on an island design for a kitchen and he'll end up rendering this image to show the client. His client wants to see bead board on... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20905/wrapping-beadboard-around-a-curved-surface
<![CDATA[Creating Orthographic View Drawings]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2009 10:55:46 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20811/creating-orthographic-view-drawings http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20811/creating-orthographic-view-drawings Creating Orthographic View Drawings Posted by DaveRichards
Often it is useful to have the standard orthographic views of your model. There are several ways you can do this in SketchUp. You could create separate scenes using the standard ortho views and... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20811/creating-orthographic-view-drawings
<![CDATA[Adding a Bullnose]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:26:50 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20538/adding-a-bullnose http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20538/adding-a-bullnose Adding a Bullnose Posted by DaveRichards
In a recent blog entry I used a little bow front cabinet designed by Matt Kenney to show how to create a curved edge by picking off an existing curved edge in the model. Well, Matt's been working on... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20538/adding-a-bullnose
<![CDATA[A Look at the Rotate Tool]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2009 12:42:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20406/a-look-at-the-rotate-tool http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20406/a-look-at-the-rotate-tool DaveRichards
Like the Move tool, the Rotate tool is fundamental in SketchUp. Being able to use it easily and correctly will help make your experience with SketchUp more enjoyable. Here's a little video demo I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/20406/a-look-at-the-rotate-tool
<![CDATA[Make It Fit]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2009 12:10:02 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19987/make-it-fit http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19987/make-it-fit Make It Fit Posted by DaveRichards
When you are working in the shop on a project, there comes a point where you need to shift from working off the plans to working off what you've already built. Doing so helps to avoid making parts... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19987/make-it-fit
<![CDATA[New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 11:44:12 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19303/new-fangled-workbench-an-exercise-in-control http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19303/new-fangled-workbench-an-exercise-in-control New-Fangled Workbench: An Exercise in Control Posted by DaveRichards
I've been thinking it is time to have a real workbench in my shop. Choosing the right bench design seems to be more difficult than picking the right tablesaw or handplane though. In an effort to help... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19303/new-fangled-workbench-an-exercise-in-control
<![CDATA[New SketchUp Version Released]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:31:54 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19179/new-sketchup-version-released http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19179/new-sketchup-version-released DaveRichards
Today SketchUp version 7.1 was released to the public. For users of version 7.0, this would be a free upgrade. There are some new capabilities in 7.1 along with a new render engine which should help... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19179/new-sketchup-version-released
<![CDATA[Rounded Corners and Edges--Manually & Automatically]]> Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:04:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19093/rounded-corners-and-edges-manually-automatically http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19093/rounded-corners-and-edges-manually-automatically Rounded Corners and Edges--Manually & Automatically Posted by DaveRichards
A demonstration of how to created radiused edges. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/19093/rounded-corners-and-edges-manually-automatically
<![CDATA[A Look at the Move Tool]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2009 04:44:42 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/18630/a-look-at-the-move-tool http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/18630/a-look-at-the-move-tool DaveRichards
In SketchUp, the Move tool is fundamental. Knowing how to use it is will make drawing easier and more enjoyable. I've done a bit of video to demonstrate the use of the tool. Hopefully it'll give you... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/18630/a-look-at-the-move-tool
<![CDATA[Upholstering Your Furniture]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2009 09:52:31 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17970/upholstering-your-furniture http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17970/upholstering-your-furniture Upholstering Your Furniture Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I was asked about how to draw an upholstered surface with buttons. The application was for a headboard but this could be used for a bench seat or any number of other upholstered pieces... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17970/upholstering-your-furniture
<![CDATA[Adding Details]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2009 09:10:40 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17470/adding-details http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17470/adding-details Adding Details Posted by DaveRichards
In the previous blog post, Tim shows how he added some amazing detail to a SketchUp model of a cornice for a bookcase he built. Adding these sorts of details in a SketchUp model can be very useful in... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17470/adding-details
<![CDATA[Placing Components]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 19:49:01 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17289/placing-components http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17289/placing-components DaveRichards
Recently I've fielded several questions about how to accurately place components in a model. There's a lot of value in making and saving components of things you'll reuse such as drawer pulls... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/17289/placing-components
<![CDATA[SectionCutFace v2.2 Another Handy Plugin]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:23:49 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16914/sectioncutface-v22-another-handy-plugin http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16914/sectioncutface-v22-another-handy-plugin SectionCutFace v2.2 Another Handy Plugin Posted by DaveRichards
Tim's post about using sections to show details reminded me of another handy plugin called SectionCutFace. This plugin takes sections a step further by quickly creating faces at the location of the... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16914/sectioncutface-v22-another-handy-plugin
<![CDATA[Plugins - An Updated List]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 21:51:49 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16794/plugins-an-updated-list http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16794/plugins-an-updated-list DaveRichards
Another look at some SketchUp plugins that woodworkers might find useful. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/16794/plugins-an-updated-list
<![CDATA[Dovetail Joints in SketchUp Made Easy]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:18:21 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15393/dovetail-joints-in-sketchup-made-easy http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15393/dovetail-joints-in-sketchup-made-easy Dovetail Joints in SketchUp Made Easy Posted by DaveRichards
A new plugin for SketchUp makes it dead simple to add dovetails to your model ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15393/dovetail-joints-in-sketchup-made-easy
<![CDATA[Another Look at Creating Plans From a SketchUp Model]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2009 13:41:32 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15159/another-look-at-creating-plans-from-a-sketchup-model http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15159/another-look-at-creating-plans-from-a-sketchup-model Another Look at Creating Plans From a SketchUp Model Posted by DaveRichards
I just finished up a new set of plans and thought it would be nice to use it as another example of how I create plans from a SketchUp model. This plan is my interpretation of L. Francis... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/15159/another-look-at-creating-plans-from-a-sketchup-model
<![CDATA[Modifying a Component - Adding Details]]> Sun, 31 May 2009 15:33:16 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14702/modifying-a-component-adding-details http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14702/modifying-a-component-adding-details Modifying a Component - Adding Details Posted by DaveRichards
The other day I got an e-mail from a reader about the pull I wrote about in my previous blog entry. He asked me how I would go about adding steps to the top surface of the pull to give it a sort of... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14702/modifying-a-component-adding-details
<![CDATA[Compound Curves -- A Contemporary Drawer Pull]]> Thu, 21 May 2009 10:59:52 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14255/compound-curves-a-contemporary-drawer-pull http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14255/compound-curves-a-contemporary-drawer-pull Compound Curves -- A  Contemporary Drawer Pull Posted by DaveRichards
SketchUp models with complex shapes and compound curves can be daunting to draw but by breaking them down into smaller parts. the process can be greatly simplified. Recently I was asked for some... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/14255/compound-curves-a-contemporary-drawer-pull
<![CDATA[Layers, Scenes, Dimensions and Construction Drawings]]> Sun, 03 May 2009 14:53:14 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/13265/layers-scenes-dimensions-and-construction-drawings http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/13265/layers-scenes-dimensions-and-construction-drawings Layers, Scenes, Dimensions and Construction Drawings Posted by DaveRichards
My approach to utilizing layers for with dimensions and scenes when making construction drawings. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/13265/layers-scenes-dimensions-and-construction-drawings
<![CDATA[Using the Shape Bender Plugin]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2009 23:14:09 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/12558/using-the-shape-bender-plugin http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/12558/using-the-shape-bender-plugin Using the Shape Bender Plugin Posted by DaveRichards
Here's an example of a table leg component drawn using the new Shape Bender plugin. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/12558/using-the-shape-bender-plugin
<![CDATA[Another New Plugin with Great Potential for Woodworkers]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2009 14:03:13 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11847/another-new-plugin-with-great-potential-for-woodworkers http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11847/another-new-plugin-with-great-potential-for-woodworkers Another New Plugin with Great Potential for Woodworkers Posted by DaveRichards
A quick look at a new SketchUp plugin that allows you to bend the geometry of a flat line to correspond to a curve. Read about one example of how it could be used for furniture design. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11847/another-new-plugin-with-great-potential-for-woodworkers
<![CDATA[Axes in SketchUp]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2009 12:05:02 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11569/axes-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11569/axes-in-sketchup Axes in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
A look at global and component axes in SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11569/axes-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[FreeScale 2.0a Beta]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:33:15 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11367/freescale-20a-beta http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11367/freescale-20a-beta DaveRichards
A new and amazing plugin for SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/11367/freescale-20a-beta
<![CDATA[Drawing a Turning Gouge]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:22:41 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/10429/drawing-a-turning-gouge http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/10429/drawing-a-turning-gouge DaveRichards
A demonstration of the Follow Me tool and Intersect with Model ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/10429/drawing-a-turning-gouge
<![CDATA[Creating an Animation in SketchUp]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2009 23:13:24 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9804/creating-an-animation-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9804/creating-an-animation-in-sketchup Creating an Animation in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
A quick demo showing how to create an animation in SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9804/creating-an-animation-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[Turning a 2D Sketch Into a 3D Component]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2009 20:34:07 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9475/turning-a-2d-sketch-into-a-3d-component http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9475/turning-a-2d-sketch-into-a-3d-component Turning a 2D Sketch Into a 3D Component Posted by DaveRichards
A repost of a blog post from the old blog format. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9475/turning-a-2d-sketch-into-a-3d-component
<![CDATA[How Much Wood Will It Take?]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2009 22:48:28 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9186/how-much-wood-will-it-take http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9186/how-much-wood-will-it-take How Much Wood Will It Take? Posted by DaveRichards
A look at the CutList and Layout plugin for SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9186/how-much-wood-will-it-take
<![CDATA[Components Make Quick Work]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2009 12:26:11 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9160/components-make-quick-work http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9160/components-make-quick-work Components Make Quick Work Posted by DaveRichards
An example of using components in multiple models ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/9160/components-make-quick-work
<![CDATA[A Pad-Foot Leg in SketchUp]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:38:39 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7679/a-pad-foot-leg-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7679/a-pad-foot-leg-in-sketchup A Pad-Foot Leg in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Turning a complex table leg in SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7679/a-pad-foot-leg-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[More Quick Dimensioning Tips]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:17:55 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7428/more-quick-dimensioning-tips http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7428/more-quick-dimensioning-tips DaveRichards
More ways to improve the appearance of dimensions in your SketchUp models. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7428/more-quick-dimensioning-tips
<![CDATA[Pattern Making - Unfolding A 3D Shape to Make A Template]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2009 13:23:37 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7087/pattern-making-unfolding-a-3d-shape-to-make-a-template http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7087/pattern-making-unfolding-a-3d-shape-to-make-a-template Pattern Making - Unfolding A 3D Shape to Make A Template Posted by DaveRichards
A short demonstration of the Unfold plugin ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7087/pattern-making-unfolding-a-3d-shape-to-make-a-template
<![CDATA[Dimensioning Your Drawings - A Couple Quick Tips]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 18:05:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7039/dimensioning-your-drawings-a-couple-quick-tips http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7039/dimensioning-your-drawings-a-couple-quick-tips DaveRichards
A couple of methods for improving the appearance of dimensions in your SketchUp model. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/7039/dimensioning-your-drawings-a-couple-quick-tips
<![CDATA[Doin' The Twist]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2009 12:21:53 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/6095/doin-the-twist http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/6095/doin-the-twist Doin' The Twist Posted by DaveRichards
Here's a method to create a twist in a spindle. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/6095/doin-the-twist
<![CDATA[Making and Inserting Wood Plugs: The Boat Builder's Way]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:20:36 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5741/making-and-inserting-wood-plugs-the-boat-builders-way http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5741/making-and-inserting-wood-plugs-the-boat-builders-way Making and Inserting Wood Plugs: The Boat Builder's Way Posted by DaveRichards
Hi Matt and Asa, I've been following along with the video series that you have been doing. I am enjoying it very much. Thanks for doing it. Whenever I see a woodworker working with plugs I... ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5741/making-and-inserting-wood-plugs-the-boat-builders-way
<![CDATA[Creating Templates for a Complex Shape]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 19:43:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5238/creating-templates-for-a-complex-shape http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5238/creating-templates-for-a-complex-shape Creating Templates for a Complex Shape Posted by DaveRichards
Generate templates for sections along the length of the piece to make profile gauges in the shop. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/5238/creating-templates-for-a-complex-shape
<![CDATA[Jig Design in SketchUp - A Little Reverse Engineering]]> Sat, 03 Jan 2009 11:11:03 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/4835/jig-design-in-sketchup-a-little-reverse-engineering http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/4835/jig-design-in-sketchup-a-little-reverse-engineering Jig Design in SketchUp - A Little Reverse Engineering Posted by DaveRichards
Use your model to determine the jigs or templates you need to build it in the shop. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/4835/jig-design-in-sketchup-a-little-reverse-engineering
<![CDATA[Plywood Edge - Creating a New Material in SketchUp]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2008 22:24:25 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/3988/plywood-edge-creating-a-new-material-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/3988/plywood-edge-creating-a-new-material-in-sketchup Plywood Edge - Creating a New Material in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
Putting a new feature of SketchUp 7 to work. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/3988/plywood-edge-creating-a-new-material-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[A Quick Dovetailed Box]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:42:45 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2542/a-quick-dovetailed-box http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2542/a-quick-dovetailed-box A Quick Dovetailed Box Posted by DaveRichards
A demonstration showing how to quickly layout and "cut" dovetails. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2542/a-quick-dovetailed-box
<![CDATA[Modifying a Dovetailed Drawer]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2008 23:00:05 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2538/modifying-a-dovetailed-drawer http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2538/modifying-a-dovetailed-drawer DaveRichards
Adding a bit of depth to a drawer. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2538/modifying-a-dovetailed-drawer
<![CDATA[Creating a Project Plan in SketchUp]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2008 11:50:51 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2364/creating-a-project-plan-in-sketchup http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2364/creating-a-project-plan-in-sketchup Creating a Project Plan in SketchUp Posted by DaveRichards
An overview of how I created shop drawings for Tim Rousseau's Frame and Pannel Cabinet Video Workshop. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2364/creating-a-project-plan-in-sketchup
<![CDATA[SketchUp 7 Released]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 06:30:00 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2093/sketchup-7-released http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2093/sketchup-7-released DaveRichards
A few of the new features in SketchUp 7 ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2093/sketchup-7-released
<![CDATA[Converting a Follow Me Molding to Separate Components]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2008 13:17:47 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2078/converting-a-follow-me-molding-to-separate-components http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2078/converting-a-follow-me-molding-to-separate-components Converting a Follow Me Molding to Separate Components Posted by DaveRichards
A demonstration showing how to convert moldings drawn with Follow Me into separate components. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2078/converting-a-follow-me-molding-to-separate-components
<![CDATA[Video: Quick and Easy Angled Chair Rail]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:27:57 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1934/video-quick-and-easy-angled-chair-rail http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1934/video-quick-and-easy-angled-chair-rail Video: Quick and Easy Angled Chair Rail Posted by DaveRichards
How to draw a quick and easy angled chair rail in SketchUp ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1934/video-quick-and-easy-angled-chair-rail
<![CDATA[Drawing Pieces With Complex Curves]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2008 14:10:53 -0500 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1780/drawing-pieces-with-complex-curves http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1780/drawing-pieces-with-complex-curves Drawing Pieces With Complex Curves Posted by DaveRichards
One of our readers suggested that I demonstrate how to draw a component that has some complex curves. His example was a slat for the back of a shaker ladder back chair. Take a look at my solution for this challenge. ]]>
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/1780/drawing-pieces-with-complex-curves