Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Woodworking - Killenwood's posts Fine Woodworking - Killenwood's posts Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:45:05 -0500 Fine Woodworking - Killenwood's posts Fine Woodworking - Killenwood's posts <![CDATA[Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:01:31 -0500 Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New Posted by Killenwood
I'm continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It's hard to imagine how they were able to get so much... ]]>
<![CDATA[Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:03:56 -0500 Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll? Posted by Killenwood
I rarely use Materials and Textures in my SketchUp files. While these are critical features for many SketchUp users, I'm not so motivated to make the hardware and wood look more realistic. Im... ]]>
<![CDATA[Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:37:02 -0500 Angled Dovetails - Knife Tray - Third Phase Posted by Killenwood
This is the third in a series on modeling this 18th C. Williamsburg Knife Tray. In this episode I show the making of the angled dovetails in the corners. As you might expect, the splayed angle in... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:03:01 -0500 Williamsburg Knife Tray - Phase 2 Posted by Killenwood
This is second in a series re-constructing the 18th Century Williamsburg Knife Tray. In the first episode, I showed the tracing over of a hand-drawn sketch. These traced-over shapes (faces) were... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 16:54:19 -0500 Knife Tray - Hand Sketch to Model Posted by Killenwood
Years ago I saw this Knife Tray in a Colonial Williamsburg home. It sat on a table about 20 feet away, so this is an approximate representation of what I saw and sketched by hand. Recently, I came... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:32:01 -0500 Cope & Stick Kitchen Doors Posted by Killenwood
In my shop, doors are made with through mortise & tenon joints, typical of classic 18th C. procedure. So I was quite curious about the joinery seen on our new kitchen cabinets. I wanted the classic... ]]>
<![CDATA[Lessons in "Flip Along"]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:13:03 -0500 Lessons in Posted by Killenwood
The Flip Along function is one of the most confusing for newcomers to SketchUp. But it's a feature that's hard to avoid in woodworking because we continually flip, or mirror, components in our... ]]>
<![CDATA[When to use "Groups"]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:29:28 -0500 When to use Posted by Killenwood
You may be curious about using "Groups" vs. "Components". Often our blog posts have emphasized the importance and effectiveness of "Components". On rare occasion we may make a Group, but Components... ]]>
<![CDATA[Miter Joints]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:31:01 -0500 Miter Joints Posted by Killenwood
Miter joints can be somewhat stressful in furniture making. They look easy enough, but in execution, that is design, construction, fastening, strengthening, and gluing, the task can be formidable. In... ]]>
<![CDATA[Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:38:11 -0500 Weaving an Ash Splint Seat for Shaker Ladderback Posted by Killenwood
I've been building the Shaker Ladderback Armchair in the shop for a couple weeks. The most difficult construction was the ash splint seat. I cut the ash from a local tree about 1/16-in. thick and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:20:20 -0500 Sculpturing a Windsor Seat - In SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Several weeks ago I showed the making of this Windsor Writing Arm Chair. A reader asked how I did the "Sculptured Seat" - not the one in pine with a travisher, but the one shown in the SketchUp... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:37:12 -0500 Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Frame Part 2 Posted by Killenwood
This is the second article on the early Virginian desk that was presented at Colonial Williamsburg at the conference, "Working Wood in the 18th C." My last article showed the lower section (the Frame... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:26:36 -0500 Williamsburg Conference - Early Virginian Desk on Stand Posted by Killenwood
Again, I attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year's subject was Desks and the conference leadership, Cabinetmakers, and Joiners presented five... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:39:46 -0500 Dimensions - In Perspective, Orthographic, and Detail Posted by Killenwood
In continuing the discussion on dimensions, I show in this video my standard methods and procedure. And I should point out that the dimensioning features I show, are all available in the Free or Make... ]]>
<![CDATA[Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:35 -0500 Reconstructing a NW Chair Co. Rocker Posted by Killenwood
A reader is interested in making a SketchUp model of a comfortable family rocker. (The original was made in the early 1900's by the Northwest Chair Co in Tacoma, WA.) The reader worked-up a trial... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pencil Post Bed]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:19:04 -0500 A Pencil Post Bed Posted by Killenwood
I'm working this design of a queen-size bed. In this case the mattress does not use a box spring, rather sits on a solid foundation. All the Post and Rail joinery is accomplished with Bed Bolts, and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:09:30 -0500 Popular Item in Craft Fairs - A Pencil Holder Posted by Killenwood
At this time of year, our woodworking club is busy crafting small projects to sell at the Craft Fair. One popular item is the Pencil Holder. It seems simple enough, but with its miter joints... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawers for the Highboy]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:10:24 -0500 Drawers for the Highboy Posted by Killenwood
This is a 18th C. William & Mary Highboy that I'm currently modeling. The carcase and all joinery is complete, and I'm missing the drawers. I like to use drawers from other project models and adapt... ]]>
<![CDATA[Designing in SketchUp]]> Sat, 01 Nov 2014 18:02:11 -0500 Designing in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
A key benefit with SketchUp is the ability to work through design alternatives. I typically find I'm developing about ten versions of a piece of furniture before ready to go to the shop. Along the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:30:55 -0500 Post & Dowel Fixture for Workbench Posted by Killenwood
Occasionally I need to hand plane a long board and this would be an awkward procedure without a simple fixture for the workbench. It is a Post and Dowel contraption that I found in a Tage Frid... ]]>
<![CDATA[Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:03:53 -0500 Ebony Plugs for the Greene & Greene Table Posted by Killenwood
In my last video, I showed the piece-by-piece construction, design, and assembly of the Greene & Greene Bedside Table. In this video, I show the making of the ebony plugs that cover wood screws and... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Greene & Greene Bedside Table]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:43:53 -0500 A Greene & Greene Bedside Table Posted by Killenwood
Last time I showed a new project for our woodworking class - A Writing Arm Chair. This week I'm showing a second new project for class - A Greene & Greene Bedside Table. It shows many of the standard... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Writing Arm Chair]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:18:23 -0500 A Writing Arm Chair Posted by Killenwood
Next week our woodworking classes begin their Fall session. I'm working up a new chair design for the class, a Windsor Writing Arm Chair. I found this beautiful piece in a book by John Kassay, "The... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:44:56 -0500 A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles 2 Posted by Killenwood
Last time I introduced the Coffin and its complex angles. I showed the early design process of the model, and developed the bottom shape, the Foot End and the Side. I explained that the design should... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:12:09 -0500 A Coffin - An Exercise in Angles Posted by Killenwood
This simple looking box, can turn out to be a challenge in SketchUp and in the shop. The angles create the difficulty, particularly in corner joinery - in this case being dovetails. The video shows... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:23 -0500 A Shaker Oval Box - Remaining Parts, Stage 3 Posted by Killenwood
This video shows the completion of parts to a Shaker Oval Box #5. Stage 1 and 2 videos showed the creation of the Box and Top Bands. There are several more parts required including those used during... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:48:14 -0500 A Shaker Oval Box - The Cover Band, Stage 2 Posted by Killenwood
This is Stage 2 of a series on the Shaker Oval Box Size No. 5. My last post showed the development of the finger shapes, the two bands, the elliptical shape, and the lower box model. In the following... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:48:21 -0500 A Shaker Oval Box - The Box Bend, Stage 1 Posted by Killenwood
The following video shows my process of creating the first stage of making a #5 Shaker Oval Box. I tried various Warehouse plug-ins for bending components. However, I was not satisfied with the... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Guts of a Classic High-Boy]]> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:18 -0500 The Guts of a Classic High-Boy Posted by Killenwood
Here's the W&M highboy that I've been working for a few weeks. Some of my previous blog posts show various SketchUp procedures in modeling this piece. In this video I show the guts of the upper... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Beading on the HIghboy]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:33:15 -0500 The Beading on the HIghboy Posted by Killenwood
This is the lower section of a William & Mary Highboy. There are many details to work out on a complex piece like this one. For example, there is a thin beading that is applied to the scroll work on... ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating the Rule Joint]]> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:32:40 -0500 Creating the Rule Joint Posted by Killenwood
I'm again faced with designing and making the rule joint for this Shaker table. The rule joint is the very functional, structural, and beautiful connection of the table leaves - to allow the folding... ]]>
<![CDATA[From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:35:53 -0500 From Dovetails to Mortise & Tenon Posted by Killenwood
This model was made by a friend, David Heim. I will be using his model to create a multi-page shop drawing for my students. David created the model from sketches by Lester Margon in his book... ]]>
<![CDATA[Lid Support for Stand-up Desk]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:46:31 -0500 Lid Support for Stand-up Desk Posted by Killenwood
Dave Richards and I frequently encourage modeling new components in the context of the overall furniture assembly. This most likely results in more efficiency and accuracy. In the following video... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Sculptured Stool]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:41:42 -0500 A Sculptured Stool Posted by Killenwood
I've finished construction of the standup desk, and now need the stool to match. In this video I'll show how I created the shaped back piece in the stool. This will involve standard SketchUp tools... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Classic Bench from a Picture]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:05:12 -0500 A Classic Bench from a Picture Posted by Killenwood
In this video, I'll show how I modeled up a classic outdoor bench for the school. The school decided on a picture that I import into SketchUp. I use the "Use as a Matched Photo" option for... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk]]> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 21:18:51 -0500 A Wooden Hinge for the Stand-up Desk Posted by Killenwood
I'm currently building this sculptured stand-up desk in the shop. The construction includes a full-length wooden hinge for the lid. Here is the SketchUp model with the lid closed and openIve... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:14:10 -0500 Williamsburg - Egg & Dart Carving Posted by Killenwood
Each year since retirement, I've been attending the Williamsburg Conference on "Working Wood in the 18th Century". It has always been educational, instructional, and inspirational. After each year, I... ]]>
<![CDATA[Re-creating a Missing Component]]> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:06:27 -0500 Re-creating a Missing Component Posted by Killenwood
In my first book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", Chapter 5 covers the subject "Learn to Draw Precisely". For practicing this drawing skill, I ask the reader to reproduce the Right End froma... ]]>
<![CDATA[How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing?]]> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:16:32 -0500 How Far with SketchUp - Sculpturing? Posted by Killenwood
I'm working on this modern style stand-up desk. The joinery and sculpturing are quite different than my normal 18th C. or Shaker styles. In this view, I'm not showing much of the sculpturing and... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Dimension Strategy for a Modern Chair]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:05:13 -0500 A Dimension Strategy for a Modern Chair Posted by Killenwood
This is a modern style living room chair (albeit without the upholstery cushions). I'm doing two of these currently in the shop. It has some complex geometry and many bed-bolt mortise and tenon... ]]>
<![CDATA[Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:29:43 -0500 Pictures to Replicate a Piece of Furniture Posted by Killenwood
Often woodworkers have a piece of furniture that they would like to replicate. A few photographs imported to SketchUp can enable this process, but it helps to know what pictures to take and at what... ]]>
<![CDATA[Futures in the Shop - Real and Imagined]]> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:15:53 -0500 Killenwood
The previous discussion on the shop drawing package sparked my thinking about what we might expect in the future. Today, I think we can agree that "paper" is most often what we find useful in the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Growth of the Shop Drawing Package]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:06:22 -0500 Growth of the Shop Drawing Package Posted by Killenwood
I'm surprised at my having such a large package of paper in the shop these days. It grows by the day, and now takes a big binder clip to keep all the sheets together. It didn't used to be this way... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures]]> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 18:28:45 -0500 Sheraton Desk - Applying Veneer Textures Posted by Killenwood
This is a desk I'm currently re-producing, based on a Sheraton piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   I have not started the finishing on this project yet. I will not be dying or staining... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8]]> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:14:06 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 8 Posted by Killenwood
In the last session, I modified the bow by tapering the end and extending the tenon through to the bottom face of the seat. In the process of making the bow, I also created the bow steam bending... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7]]> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 16:27:06 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair in SketchUp - Part 7 Posted by Killenwood
In the last session, I created the steam-bent bow, based on a shape developed by eye, since there was no drawing or information in the magazine article. There is more work on the bow that I will show... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6]]> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:24:31 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 6 Posted by Killenwood
I've finished the seat and undercarriage, now the top part of the Windsor Chair is remaining work to do. That means steam bending a bow and turning some spindles. Unfortunately, the Fine Woodworking... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs]]> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:05:18 -0500 A Sheraton Desk - Making the tapered and fluted legs Posted by Killenwood
This is a shift from the series on making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair. I'm currently in the shop doing an 18th Century Sheraton Desk, and want to show how I made the complex leg in SketchUp. This... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5]]> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:00:44 -0500 Making a Bowback Windsor Chair - Part 5 Posted by Killenwood
In the last episode, we completed the undercarriage of the chair with the legs and stretchers in place and connected to the seat. At this stage of design you could begin construction of the chair... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4]]> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:48:47 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 4 Posted by Killenwood
In the last session, I positioned the legs at their respective angles to the seat face. We used angles specified by the Fine Woodworking article and used the sight lines as reference faces for those... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3]]> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:13:42 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 3 Posted by Killenwood
In the last session, I compiled the Windsor seat component with spindle and leg sockets. I also carved a gutter decoration separating the spindle socket platform from the front of the seat. I also... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:52:15 -0500 Making a Windsor Bowback Side Chair - Part 2 Posted by Killenwood
This is Part 2 of "Making an Un-braced Bowback Windsor Chair". Last time I showed the tracing of the magazine drawing of the seat. And we made three components from these tracings - the plain seat... ]]>
<![CDATA[Modeling a Windsor Bowback Side Chair]]> Thu, 30 May 2013 19:20:36 -0500 Modeling a Windsor Bowback Side Chair Posted by Killenwood
I'm starting a new series on modeling a Windsor Chair. I've selected one of the simpler Windsor styles, the unbraced Bowback. This particular chair was described by Harriet Hodges in a Fine... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 7]]> Thu, 16 May 2013 18:27:03 -0500 Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 7 Posted by Killenwood
In the last lesson (Part 6), I showed how to make and install the Handle or the Middle Spar. This is the last of a series on the Williamsburg Knife Box, and it covers the wrap around small edge... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:28:13 -0500 Williamsburg Knife Box - Part 6 Posted by Killenwood
We're getting close to the end of this series - one more to do after this one, covering the base molding. In this penultimate part, we will add the Handle to the existing assembly of the Knife Box... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:26:46 -0500 Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 5 Posted by Killenwood
In the last blog post (Part 4), I showed making the dovetail pins in the Side component. In this video, I show how to use these already-made pins to create the matching tails in the End... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4]]> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:41:26 -0500 Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 4 Posted by Killenwood
In the last Part 3 of this series, I showed making the full-length Side and End components for the Williamsburg Knife Box. I also copied and flipped these components and placed on a full width box... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 3]]> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:33:26 -0500 Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 3 Posted by Killenwood
This is Part 3 of a series of videos on building the Williamsburg Knife Box. In the previous blog entry, I showed the making of the half length symmetrical End and Side components, and ensuring that... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 2]]> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:05:49 -0500 Knife Box - Williamsburg, Part 2 Posted by Killenwood
My last blog entry set the stage for building this Knife Box, one that was presented at the January Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". This video is second in the series... ]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Box - Williamsburg Conference]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:06:35 -0500 Knife Box - Williamsburg Conference Posted by Killenwood
Here's a worthy challenge for woodworkers using SketchUp. Modeling this Williamsburg Knife Box requires execution of most key SketchUp Tools and features. The Box's compound angles, bold scroll... ]]>
<![CDATA[Lady's Travelling Box - Williamsburg Conference]]> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:56:01 -0500 Lady's Travelling Box - Williamsburg Conference Posted by Killenwood
At this week's conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century" in Colonial Williamsburg, I was intrigued by Brian Weldy's presentation on Thomas Sheraton's drawing representations of the Ladys... ]]>
<![CDATA[Chamfered Post Table Mortise & Tenon Joints]]> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:56:11 -0500 Chamfered Post Table Mortise & Tenon Joints Posted by Killenwood
I probably receive the most comments on my eBook "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers" in the section of Chapter Nine covering mortise & tenon joints in the Chamfered Post Table. To help show the... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Toolbox for Cub Scouts]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:35:13 -0500 A Toolbox for Cub Scouts Posted by Killenwood
Here is a quick project, both in SketchUp and in the shop. The project is a simple toolbox nailed together without special joinery. It has been designed to use with a group of Cub Scouts without use... ]]>
<![CDATA[Designing in SketchUp - a Planing Sled]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:16:40 -0500 Designing in SketchUp - a Planing Sled Posted by Killenwood
Next semester I will be teaching a hand tools class at an adult education school with a complete woodworking shop. However, the workbenches (salvaged from a middle school) are in terribly bad shape... ]]>
<![CDATA[Axes Location - Adirondack Chair]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:28:38 -0500 Axes Location - Adirondack Chair Posted by Killenwood
Our local woodworking group (Diablo Woodworkers) will be making several Adirondacks for a Sierra Camp for kids with cancer. I've just finished the design in SketchUp and will use it as an example for... ]]>
<![CDATA[Carving (Branding) the Lowboy]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:21:29 -0500 Carving (Branding) the Lowboy Posted by Killenwood
My previous blog entry showed a video of the building of the Philadelphia Lowboy in SketchUp. Several of the components in the SketchUp model showed the carving that is typical of these pieces. These... ]]>
<![CDATA[Building a Philadelphia Lowboy]]> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 18:26:51 -0500 Building a Philadelphia Lowboy Posted by Killenwood
Below I've attached a video showing how the lowboy is constructed piece-by-piece. I've taken advantage of the SketchUp capability to reposition the axes on components. When right-clicking on the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Jig Design Enabled with SketchUp]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:48:34 -0500 Jig Design Enabled with SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Judging by the high number of articles and blogs on jig design, there must be considerable woodworker time and effort in making shop helpers or jigs. Just as SketchUp is used for design and construction of... ]]>
<![CDATA[Outfitting a Desk Drawer]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:20:04 -0500 Outfitting a Desk Drawer Posted by Killenwood
The following video shows how I outfitted a desk drawer. It includes placing the mortise lock and creating a pencil/pen trough. The placement of the lock is facilitated by prior modeling of the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Shortening a "take-apart" Child's Table]]> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:14:25 -0500 Shortening a Posted by Killenwood
Recently I worked on a "knock-down" take-apart child's table and chair. After completing the design of the table, I realized it was 4-inches too long. In my new book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Glue-up Procedure for a Desk]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:53:19 -0500 A Glue-up Procedure for a Desk Posted by Killenwood
Gluing a complex piece of furniture can be a challenge. For me, it usually entails development of a thoughtful plan. Often, the first plan won't work - after walking through the steps, I often run... ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating and Editing Tenon Peg Holes]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:13:10 -0500 Creating and Editing Tenon Peg Holes Posted by Killenwood
Recently a reader on Knots Forum asked how to create and edit tenon pins on a mortise and tenon joint. Specifically, the reader wanted to know how to change the size of the tenon peg after already... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sometimes a Hand Sketch Helps]]> Sat, 04 Aug 2012 22:56:09 -0500 Sometimes a Hand Sketch Helps Posted by Killenwood
Recently I was trying to shape a profile for a turned drawer knob in SketchUp. I created a rectangular face and drew the centerline. I then started with the Line and Arc Tools to create the shape of... ]]>
<![CDATA[Starting a Modern Danish Style Desk]]> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:53:47 -0500 Starting a Modern Danish Style Desk Posted by Killenwood
I'm starting a new project for the grandchildren - desks. Modern Danish style seems to work well in this case, so I'm working on the SketchUp model for the interesting shapes of the legs. There is a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Managing Your Preferences Template]]> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:14:00 -0500 Managing Your Preferences Template Posted by Killenwood
Managing your preferences template can be more complicated than simply clicking on "Save As Template". Perhaps you - as I am accustomed to do - on occasion modify your SketchUp Preferences Template... ]]>
<![CDATA[Starting a New Project]]> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 19:02:32 -0500 Starting a New Project Posted by Killenwood
More often now, I'm starting new projects with a search for images (photos). I , or a member of my family, has an idea for a new furniture project. There may be a picture in a book, newspaper or... ]]>
<![CDATA[Announcement: My New eBook - SketchUp and Traditional Cabinets]]> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:23:24 -0500 Announcement: My New eBook - SketchUp and Traditional Cabinets Posted by Killenwood
My second book on using SketchUp is now available in the Fine Woodworking Store. This is the reference locationhellip... ]]>
<![CDATA[When a Cross-Section Beats an X-Ray]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:30:42 -0500 When a Cross-Section Beats an X-Ray Posted by Killenwood
In building the Titanic Deck Chair a key design consideration involves the pivot joints that facilitate the folding of the chair for storage. There is a popular hardware assembly for pivot joints... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Traditional Beveled-edge Drawer Bottom]]> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:10:56 -0500 Making a Traditional Beveled-edge Drawer Bottom Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter 9, pages 62-63 of my eBook, I describe the making of the beveled-edge drawer bottom for the Chamfered Post Table.   I've included a short video of the process of building this drawer... ]]>
<![CDATA[Folding the Deck Chair]]> Tue, 15 May 2012 18:10:41 -0500 Folding the Deck Chair Posted by Killenwood
An important consideration for the design of the Titanic Deck Chair is its ability to fold into a flat assembly for storage. I've prepared a video below that shows how I checked the folding in... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Back Rest on a Corner Chair]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 18:02:05 -0500 The Back Rest on a Corner Chair Posted by Killenwood
I built one of these corner chairs in 1982 - it would have been nice to have access to SketchUp at that time. Recently, I modeled the chair - it is based on a sketch by Wallace Nutting in his book... ]]>
<![CDATA[Rearranging the Back Slats on the Deck Chair]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:49:56 -0500 Rearranging the Back Slats on the Deck Chair Posted by Killenwood
Handling curved back slats on a chair, bench, Adirondack, or settee can be a challenge in SketchUp. Getting them properly positioned, spaced, and angled between the lower rail and the crest rail can... ]]>
<![CDATA[Designing for Young Woodworkers]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 16:32:00 -0500 Designing for Young Woodworkers Posted by Killenwood
Our woodworking group will have a special challenge this summer - working a wood project with a group of 7-10 year olds. We will not have much time, less than one hour. What can you teach and build... ]]>
<![CDATA[Set-up for Cornice Cove Cut on Table Saw]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:37:13 -0500 Set-up for Cornice Cove Cut on Table Saw Posted by Killenwood
Occasionally, I'm faced with creating a cove cut on a Cornice Molding. Sometimes, I will use a table saw to cut out the cove shape and waste. Although there are formula for determining the fence... ]]>
<![CDATA[Converting to an Arts & Crafts Dining Table]]> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 01:16:43 -0500 Converting to an Arts & Crafts Dining Table Posted by Killenwood
Inspired by a Sidney Barnsley piece, I designed and built an Arts & Crafts Fireplace (or Coffee) Table for a family with many young grandchildren. It provided space for sitting, eating, reading... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Full-size Template in Layout]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:13:13 -0500 Making a Full-size Template in Layout Posted by Killenwood
You can print full-size templates in SketchUp - we've already covered that process in this blog. But it can be more advantageous to create full-size templates using Layout, the companion program to... ]]>
<![CDATA[A SketchUp Woodworking Exercise]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2012 15:36:57 -0500 A SketchUp Woodworking Exercise Posted by Killenwood
Chapter Five of my eBook on SketchUp illustrates the steps in "building" a Workbench End. I used this example as an exercise in drawing precisely using guidelines and the keyboard for entry of length... ]]>
<![CDATA[An Elliptical Window]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:28:15 -0500 An Elliptical Window Posted by Killenwood
I again attended the Colonial Williamsburg conference, Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year the theme was Furniture of George and Martha Washington, therefore presentations and demonstrations... ]]>
<![CDATA[Open the Door]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:52:54 -0500 Open the Door Posted by Killenwood
Sometimes it's good to show the inside of the cabinet. A viewer may want to know the number of shelves,  or what it looks like inside. So often I'm preparing a separate scene with a view inside... ]]>
<![CDATA[Troubleshooting a Model]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:37:45 -0500 Troubleshooting a Model Posted by Killenwood
Almost everyday I receive a SketchUp model from somewhere in the world. It is usually an attachment to an email describing a problem performing an action described in one of the many steps outlined... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips on Dimensions]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:04:27 -0500 Tips on Dimensions Posted by Killenwood
Making effective dimensioned drawings is an art. It's not so easy to figure out what dimensions are needed and how they should be displayed. I'm always impressed by drawings done by John Kassay in... ]]>
<![CDATA[Chamfering the Exposed Tenon End]]> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:24:28 -0500 Chamfering the Exposed Tenon End Posted by Killenwood
Some furniture styles (especially Arts & Crafts)  like to show through tenons - not only are they "through" but often protruding slightly. Then they are chamfered around the outer... ]]>
<![CDATA[Recognizing a Reader]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:51:47 -0500 Killenwood
One week ago I received a surprising and satisfying email titled "I've Finished Your Book!!" I must admit that this was a first. I receive many emails regarding my book, but none have claimed... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Door to Match My Kitchen Cabinets]]> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 20:02:05 -0500 A Door to Match My Kitchen Cabinets Posted by Killenwood
A few weeks ago on this blog, I presented my Kitchen Cabinet for an engineer. I did not include the paneled door, so this entry will fill that void. I chose to use a Shaker style cabinet door with a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cleaning-up After an Intersection]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:59:30 -0500 Cleaning-up After an Intersection Posted by Killenwood
After executing an Intersection command in SketchUp, there  are occasions when the results are not so good. You can have missing edges, holes, and lost faces. Often this is caused by SketchUps... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Cope and Stick Joint in SketchUp]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:34:13 -0500 Making a Cope and Stick Joint in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Making a cope and stick joint in the shop is easy with a matched set of router bits and a router table. But it can be more challenging in SketchUp. The vertical stile is easy enough with the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drawing Precisely]]> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 15:09:18 -0500 Drawing Precisely Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter 12 of my book, I show the modeling for a Shaker Step Stool. A reader sent me a note with an attached SketchUp file showing the step stool at Step 8, page 82. At this stage of the drawing... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dovetails in a Shaker Blanket Chest]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:02:19 -0500 Dovetails in a Shaker Blanket Chest Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter Eight of my eBook I show a method of creating the dovetail joints in the carcase of a Shaker Blanket Chest. In my reproduction, this New Lebanon piece included 7 1/2 dovetails in the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Kitchen Cabinets - The Engineer's Way]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:37:51 -0500 Kitchen Cabinets - The Engineer's Way Posted by Killenwood
Have you searched for "Kitchen Cabinets" in Google Warehouse? I was amazed at the thousands of entries in all types and sizes. I recently spent several hours sifting through a number of the citations... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Claw & Ball Foot in SketchUp]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:21:48 -0500 A Claw & Ball Foot in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
David Heim, the editor of my eBook on SketchUp, has recently sent me a method of making the claw and ball feet so typical of 18th Century furniture. His method was much easier that I had envisioned... ]]>
<![CDATA[Design an iPad Support]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:39:26 -0500 Design an iPad Support Posted by Killenwood
There are many accessory products in the Apple Store for holding the iPad. I looked at many of them since I needed a platform for the iPad at the breakfast table - a platform that would position the... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Power of Scenes]]> Sun, 07 Aug 2011 12:13:08 -0500 The Power of Scenes Posted by Killenwood
I commented in my last blog entry that Scenes seem to be the most obscure feature of SketchUp. For when I show my computer screen (and this happened at AWFS), I can count on immediate questions such... ]]>
<![CDATA[SketchUp at AWFS]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:20:06 -0500 SketchUp at AWFS Posted by Killenwood
Last Saturday, I was a speaker at the AWFS (Association of Woodworkers and Furnishings Suppliers) conference in Las Vegas. It was a two-hour seminar titled "Google SketchUp for Woodworkers". About... ]]>
<![CDATA[Woodworking at Veteran's Hospital]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 13:14:08 -0500 Woodworking at Veteran's Hospital Posted by Killenwood
Our woodworking group is working with the local Veteran's Hospital to develop craft and SketchUp activities that may be helpful to veteran's at the hospital. The hospital staff are encouraging us to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Quirks with the Push/Pull Tool]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:29:48 -0500 Quirks with the Push/Pull Tool Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter 12 of my eBook, I show the "building" of a Windsor Chair. In Step 3, I say to use the Push/Pull Tool to give the shaped seat its thickness. Sounds easy enough, but you may have been... ]]>
<![CDATA[Elongated Holes in SketchUp]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:04:09 -0500 Elongated Holes in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
In my book Chapter 9, Step 30, there are instructions for placing elongated holes in the Top Frame for fastening the Top. They're elongated to account for seasonal movement of the Top... ]]>
<![CDATA[Showing Off Your SketchUp Inventory]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 22:44:05 -0500 Showing Off Your SketchUp Inventory Posted by Killenwood
It recently occurred to me that I could create display rooms of my furniture in SketchUp. I'm not sure how this could be productively used, but it is interesting to see what you can achieve. I was... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tough Going with Follow Me]]> Wed, 25 May 2011 21:27:03 -0500 Tough Going with Follow Me Posted by Killenwood
The Follow Me Tool has been one of the most reliable and effective tools in my design of furniture in SketchUp. After all, I like furniture with turnings and moldings so Follow Me has been... ]]>
<![CDATA[Have You Run Into the Clipping Plane?]]> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:25:16 -0500 Have You Run Into the Clipping Plane? Posted by Killenwood
In this case, I'm not referring to a particular shop hand plane, rather a phenomenon in SketchUp. You can run into a Clipping Plane when zooming in very closely to your model.  All of a sudden... ]]>
<![CDATA[Do you Click-Move-Click, or Click-Drag-Release?]]> Sun, 01 May 2011 19:52:22 -0500 Do you Click-Move-Click, or Click-Drag-Release? Posted by Killenwood
A reader of my book recently asked why his mouse was not working like my book explanations. While drawing a line with the Line Tool, he could not get the mouse to "click-move-click", rather he was... ]]>
<![CDATA[Evolving a Design in SketchUp]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:18:49 -0500 Evolving a Design in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
When beginning a new design, I plan on saving several SketchUp versions as the project develops. I will start with a "1" after the filename, and continue with "2, 3, 4, 5…. etc." when changing... ]]>
<![CDATA[Showing Shop Dovetail Procedure (in SketchUp)]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:17:50 -0500 Showing Shop Dovetail Procedure (in SketchUp) Posted by Killenwood
Recently I tried to explain my dovetail procedure used in the shop. The project was making several Shaker Chip Boxes, and each corner is fastened with hand-cut dovetails thesenbspare... ]]>
<![CDATA[Modeling a Windsor Chair - Part 1]]> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:55:13 -0500 Modeling a Windsor Chair - Part 1 Posted by Killenwood
For next semester's class at Mount Diablo Adult Education Center, I'm developing a model and accompanying design documents for a Braced Comb-Back Side Chair. I like to replicate actual 18th C... ]]>
<![CDATA[Checking a Plane Angle - in SketchUp?]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:01:38 -0500 Checking a Plane Angle - in SketchUp? Posted by Killenwood
Sometimes it's easier to determine a difficult angle by drawing a model of the problem in SketchUp and measuring the angle. Recently in one of my classes, while hand planing the surface of a drawer... ]]>
<![CDATA[An Index - eBook References to DCB Blogs]]> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:42:57 -0500 An Index - eBook References to DCB Blogs Posted by Killenwood
Several blog entries here in Design. Click. Build.  provide more information on sections and procedures in my eBook, "Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers". Below I've idexed these references... ]]>
<![CDATA[Connecting a Dowel Joint]]> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:01:28 -0500 Connecting a Dowel Joint Posted by Killenwood
Some SketchUp users may wonder how you align and connect a dowel joint. After all, there are no corners  to grab on the dowel to match-up with the socket. To get around this limitation, you need... ]]>
<![CDATA[Documenting a Shop Procedure (and also a Training Tool)]]> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:44:50 -0500 Documenting a Shop Procedure (and also a Training Tool) Posted by Killenwood
I sometimes regret not capturing and documenting successful shop construction procedures, particularly those complex ones not used frequently. I easily forget how I worked it out before, and end up... ]]>
<![CDATA[Trouble Seeing the Tenon]]> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 23:37:34 -0500 Trouble Seeing the Tenon Posted by Killenwood
Several readers of my book are having difficulty making the mortise on the Chamfered Post Table. The reference is "Create the Leg Mortises", Step 19 on page 50. In this section of the book, I showed... ]]>
<![CDATA[Bending an Inlay Strip]]> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:17:01 -0500 Bending an Inlay Strip Posted by Killenwood
I'm constructing the small sideboard as shown below. The lower front decorated rail has a strip inlay on the bottom curved edge. Not only was I unsure how to bend this strip in the shop, I was... ]]>
<![CDATA[Williamsburg's Queen Anne Leg]]> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:16:15 -0500 Williamsburg's Queen Anne Leg Posted by Killenwood
As mentioned in my last blog entry, I attended this year's Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". The theme of the conference was Asian and Oriental influence on 18th Century... ]]>
<![CDATA[3-way Miter Joint, Chinese Style]]> Sat, 22 Jan 2011 12:12:26 -0500 3-way Miter Joint, Chinese Style Posted by Killenwood
I had to do it….. after attending the Williamsburg  conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century", I rushed to the computer to figure out that beautiful, interesting, complex, and strong... ]]>
<![CDATA[Where's My Component?]]> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:39:18 -0500 Where's My Component? Posted by Killenwood
Here's another quirk in SketchUp….. sometimes you can select a group of graphics on the screen, execute making it a "component", yet the group of graphics you started with does not become a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Flutes on the Pilasters]]> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:48:45 -0500 Flutes on the Pilasters Posted by Killenwood
I'm developing a model of a famous American Corner Cupboard. I built this piece years ago but did not have the advantage of a SketchUp model. Here's the current status of the model (finished except... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dower Chest with Solid Tools]]> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 15:27:32 -0500 Dower Chest with Solid Tools Posted by Killenwood
I'm working on a reproduction of a Pennsylvania Dower Chest and have enjoyed experimenting with the new Solid Tools that are a part of Pro version 8.  The same results can be achieved with the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Back Edges]]> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 14:10:29 -0500 Back Edges Posted by Killenwood
The new version 8 of SketchUp released several months ago introduced a new Face Style called Back Edges. Below this face style is shown in the Styles Toolbar. I'm liking this new feature and have... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Most Often Frustrating Error]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:49:51 -0500 The Most Often Frustrating Error Posted by Killenwood
As I review the comments, questions, and issues by readers of my book, I'm seeing a common and frequent error being made in using SketchUp. Here it is - perhaps too early to declare the "most often... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting the Ogee-shaped Cutout in the Magazine Rack]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:42:05 -0500 Cutting the Ogee-shaped Cutout in the Magazine Rack Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter 7 of my book, I present the first practice piece of furniture - the making of a Magazine Rack. Although it looks simple, this project has some challenges. Last week I posted a video on... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making/Copying Chamfers in Table Leg]]> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:21:18 -0500 Making/Copying Chamfers in Table Leg Posted by Killenwood
In Chapter 9 of my eBook, on page 47, I describe a method of making and copying the chamfers on the Chamfer Post Table. After receiving questions on this procedure, I've created a video showing the... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design]]> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:27:25 -0500 The Curule Construction - and Ancient X-frame Chair Design Posted by Killenwood
While developing the Jefferson Campeche Chair (first in SketchUp, then in the shop), I ran across an interesting 20-page document titled, "The Campeche Chair in The Metropolitan Museum of Art". This... ]]>
<![CDATA[Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints]]> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 18:36:53 -0500 Chamfered Post Table and Mortise & Tenon Joints Posted by Killenwood
To help answer comments on the creation of mortise and tenon joints for the Chamfer Post Table in Chapter Nine of my book, I've created  the  video below. This shows my recommended... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tongue & Groove Joints in Magazine Rack]]> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:54:08 -0500 Tongue & Groove Joints in Magazine Rack Posted by Killenwood
Following last week's publication of "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", I've received several questions on the making of the tongue & groove joints on the Magazine Rack. The specific reference in... ]]>
<![CDATA[Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp]]> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:52:54 -0500 Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Yesterday Fine Woodworking launched my new book, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers". See the link into the Taunton Store here. An e-book in PDF format, the first four chapters get you started with... ]]>
<![CDATA[Maloof and Templates by SketchUp]]> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 17:50:13 -0500 Maloof and Templates by SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
I believe it is a record for me - that is, the number of templates used in one piece of furniture. Without them I would be lost... ]]>
<![CDATA[Seat Frame for a Maloof Occasional Chair]]> Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:53:49 -0500 Seat Frame for a Maloof Occasional Chair Posted by Killenwood
Some of my students and I are reproducing a Maloof Occasional Chair that has a tufted leather seat. I don't have information on Sam's design,  and particularly whether he used a solid or a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Updated with Video: Making a Shaker Knob]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:45:00 -0500 Updated with Video: Making a Shaker Knob Posted by Killenwood
A reader had difficulty creating a Shaker drawer knob. In particular, she found it difficult to place the path for the Follow Me. Also she could not get Follow Me to work with the turning profile... ]]>
<![CDATA[New SketchUp Version 8]]> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 14:17:02 -0500 New SketchUp Version 8 Posted by Killenwood
I imagine many of you are aware of the new SketchUp version 8, and have already downloaded the new version. I think it is a good idea to upgrade as there are always beneficial improvements and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair]]> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:47:40 -0500 Placing a Leather Sling on the Campeche Chair Posted by Killenwood
I'm progressing with the construction of the Campeche Chair. All of the components are dry-fitted, so glue-up, shaping, finishing, and finally leather fastening are yet to do. I found a large piece... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail]]> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:45:38 -0500 The Campeche Chair Upholstery Rail Posted by Killenwood
It was early in 2010 that I first reported on the Campeche Chair shown in the Williamsburg conference "Working Wood in the 18th Century". I modeled-up the chair but never completed the design... ]]>
<![CDATA[Installation Instructions in SketchUp/Layout]]> Sun, 08 Aug 2010 23:29:36 -0500 Installation Instructions in SketchUp/Layout Posted by Killenwood
My last entry covered a group project to create bunk beds for a local city camp in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe. We accomplished the goal within our original schedule of four days, delivering two bunks... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Bed Bolt Joint]]> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:51:24 -0500 The Bed Bolt Joint Posted by Killenwood
To me the bed bolt joint is very important - I'm using it quite often in large furniture pieces including non-bed furniture such as work benches and display cabinets. Not only is it effective for... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Summertime Group Project]]> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 01:06:34 -0500 A Summertime Group Project Posted by Killenwood
Often in summer, our local woodworking club (Diablo Woodworkers) takes on a volunteer project in the shop. This year it looks like we will be building bunk beds for the city's family camp located in... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials, Colors, and Textures 5]]> Sat, 03 Jul 2010 00:40:46 -0500 Materials, Colors, and Textures 5 Posted by Killenwood
As indicated in the previous blog entries on this subject, I am usually able to paste the textures without fiddling with (or editing) the component. I find it simpler to set up the texture so it... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials, Colors, and Textures 4]]> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 22:31:30 -0500 Materials, Colors, and Textures 4 Posted by Killenwood
Here is another example of texturing using an 18th Century mahogany bookcase, as shown below. This example has both vertical and horizontal grain components, so requires a different procedure from... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials, Colors, and Textures 3]]> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:43:02 -0500 Materials, Colors, and Textures 3 Posted by Killenwood
This is the third entry of a series on Materials, Colors and Textures. The first two blog entries covered the easy application of colors. This entry moves on to the application of wood grain finish... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials, Colors, and Textures 2]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 10:50:39 -0500 Materials, Colors, and Textures 2 Posted by Killenwood
In this second coloring example, I will shown how to color edges or lines different than the standard black. Often, I like to show the sight lines on a Windsor chair seat in a contrasting colorStep... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials, Colors, and Textures 1]]> Sat, 05 Jun 2010 22:42:21 -0500 Materials, Colors, and Textures 1 Posted by Killenwood
I admit showing limited application of model coloring or texturing, rather emphasizing default values for edges and faces. This has been intentional as I don't usually find value in... ]]>
<![CDATA[Sculpturing a Windsor Seat with Plug-in]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 00:30:13 -0500 Sculpturing a Windsor Seat with Plug-in Posted by Killenwood
For years I've struggled with shaping (in SketchUp) the seat on a Windsor, or for that matter a Maloof, chair. I continue to look for easier ways than my brute force method using shaped "cutters" along with... ]]>
<![CDATA[Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp]]> Mon, 10 May 2010 21:12:56 -0500 Overcoming a Quirk in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
In using the term "quirk" I'm not referring to an architectural term - a division of a molding. Rather I'm referring to a "peculiarity of action". A reader asked me why SketchUp was... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Maloof Chair Animation]]> Tue, 04 May 2010 11:45:20 -0500 A Maloof Chair Animation Posted by Killenwood
I must confess not having made a SketchUp animation. So using the Maloof lowback chair, I created a series of scenes in my SketchUp file. The scenes were in a sequence of construction steps in the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Easy Errors to Make]]> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:32:48 -0500 Easy Errors to Make Posted by Killenwood
One of the most important byproducts of using SketchUp is the high quality of drawing integrity - something you can count on when in the shop. However, there are still many things that can go... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Scale Tool]]> Mon, 19 Apr 2010 01:19:12 -0500 The Scale Tool Posted by Killenwood
The Scale Tool is quite powerful and useful in specific woodworking tasks. It is shown below in the middle of the large vertical toolset. It looks like a small baseball diamond with an arrow... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Bevel-edged Panel]]> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 21:05:07 -0500 Making a Bevel-edged Panel Posted by Killenwood
Last week I showed my method of modeling the frame for a small cupboard paneled door. The frame consisted of the stiles and rails fastened with through mortise and tenon joints. It is a classic... ]]>
<![CDATA[Building a Paneled Door]]> Sun, 04 Apr 2010 19:01:58 -0500 Building a Paneled Door Posted by Killenwood
Here is a small colonial cupboard that was presented in a Fine Woodworking article in issue #151. Although appearing simple, this little piece has some complex but classic features. One of those is the paneled door having a 1/4-in. thumbnail around the inner perimeter of the stiles and rails. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips on Zooming]]> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:19:09 -0500 Tips on Zooming Posted by Killenwood
In teaching SketchUp, I often find students trying to edit and work on a model that is zoomed-out to a fly speck. As you probably know, this can make SketchUp a very frustrating exercise. Making and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Are You Taking Advantage of the Arrow Keys?]]> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 23:21:17 -0500 Killenwood
Here is an important helpful aid in modeling in 3D. Since it can be challenging to stay on axis, SketchUp has some handy ways to help us. There are four Arrow Keys on the computer keyboard -up, down... ]]>
<![CDATA[Why Can't I Get a Face?]]> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 20:53:50 -0500 Why Can't I Get a Face? Posted by Killenwood
I suspect it's already happened to you - you've drawn a nice shape and the face will not close. Don't worry, this will continue to happen, especially as you build more complex shapes. I'm in my fifth... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Importance of the Mouse and Scroll Wheel]]> Thu, 04 Mar 2010 18:54:35 -0500 The Importance of the Mouse and Scroll Wheel Posted by Killenwood
Occasionally I hear of SketchUp users making use of a trackpad, touchpad, or mouse without a scroll wheel and left/right buttons. I don't know if there are many users adopting these hardware options... ]]>
<![CDATA[Printing to Scale]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:39:06 -0500 Printing to Scale Posted by Killenwood
A reader asked me to show how to print a scaled drawing of components in SketchUp on a paper size of 8 1/2 x 11. Except for full-size templates, I must admit not printing scaled drawings. For shop... ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating a Pummel, the Square-to-Round Section in Turnings]]> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:24:35 -0500 Creating a Pummel, the Square-to-Round Section in Turnings Posted by Killenwood
Often furniture with turned legs and stretchers have pummels or square sections of the turning. Both Dave and I have previously shown methods for handling this complexity. A reader recently asked to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Guide Lines, Guide Points, and Linear Guides]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Guide Lines, Guide Points, and Linear Guides Posted by Killenwood
SketchUp has a rich set of construction lines (temporary layout dotted lines) called Guides. I find these features extremely powerful in furniture design. Guides are created by the Tape Measure Tool... ]]>
<![CDATA[Monticello's Universal Table]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:44:26 -0500 Monticello's Universal Table Posted by Killenwood
In the recent Williamsburg Conference - Working Wood in the 18th Century - Mack Headley gave an interesting talk on various furniture examples from Monticello. One of the pieces he described and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Thomas Jefferson's Campeche Chair]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:11:32 -0500 Thomas Jefferson's Campeche Chair Posted by Killenwood
This past week I attended the "Working Wood in the 18th Century" conference in Williamsburg, VA, as I have done for the past five years. Each year the conference has a special theme, and this year it... ]]>
<![CDATA[Would You Like a Front, Side, and Top View?]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:38:42 -0500 Would You Like a Front, Side, and Top View? Posted by Killenwood
It seems a paradox, while producing a complete detailed 3D model, there still is a benefit to having the old standby top, end, and front orthographic view. In the beginning with SketchUp, I abandoned... ]]>
<![CDATA["Components" in SketchUp]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:03:13 -0500 Posted by Killenwood
A reader recently sent a note saying:  I started learning Sketchup today for a bookcase I am going to   build.  I created the box of the bookcase, used the push/pull toolnbsp... ]]>
<![CDATA[Replicating a Maloof Design from Pictures]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 19:17:51 -0500 Replicating a Maloof Design from Pictures Posted by Killenwood
Often I'm faced with replicating an existing piece of furniture, but without detailed information or access to the original piece. In fact, the only information available, may be a couple pictures... ]]>
<![CDATA[Shaping a High Arched Foot]]> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:29:34 -0500 Shaping a High Arched Foot Posted by Killenwood
Last week I showed the procedure I used to make the breadboard on a Shaker Table. Using that same table, I will demonstrate a method for making and shaping the high-arched foot. The making of the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Building a Table Top Breadboard]]> Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:17:16 -0500 Building a Table Top Breadboard Posted by Killenwood
There are many designs for breadboards. In this case I've chosen one that uses a continuous tongue length and wood screws. Of course, the breadboard connection must accommodate top... ]]>
<![CDATA[Personalizing Your SketchUp Settings]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2009 21:35:51 -0500 Killenwood
I have been requested to update my blog entry Personalizing Your SketchUp Settings, dated November 2007, and still accessible in the archive. Since that date, there have been new versions of... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Use SketchUp to Get the Most from a Digital Woodworking Plan]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2009 21:52:18 -0500 How to Use SketchUp to Get the Most from a Digital Woodworking Plan Posted by Killenwood
Have you purchased a Digital Plan from Here's how can you take advantage of the digital file to zoom in, print, x-ray, and review every detail and measurement in SketchUp ]]>
<![CDATA[Replicating Drawers in a Highboy]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2009 01:28:57 -0500 Replicating Drawers in a Highboy Posted by Killenwood
I'm continually building drawers and never are two the same. In starting a new piece of furniture I will "rob" one of my drawer designs in a previous piece. But then they need to be adapted to the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2009 21:12:00 -0500 Dimensioning Multiple Views of a Component Posted by Killenwood
Dave Richards and I have covered multiple ways of handling dimensioning in several previous blog entries. One difference is my low frequency use of layers while dimensioning, and Dave's more liberal... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making the Bonnet for a Highboy]]> Sun, 25 Oct 2009 01:03:34 -0500 Making the Bonnet for a Highboy Posted by Killenwood
How do you go about creating the bonnet on a highboy which includes that curved molding? The following are steps I used recently. Nothing too unusual for SketchUp, however it requires a few Follow Me... ]]>
<![CDATA[Adding the Stretching Rails to the Breakfast Table]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:56:48 -0500 Adding the Stretching Rails to the Breakfast Table Posted by Killenwood
There is a nicely shaped stretching rail connecting the lower part of the legs in the Thomas Elfe breakfast table. One complication in making this stretching assembly is the fact that the table is... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making the Wooden Hinged Table Leaf Support]]> Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:14:28 -0500 Making the Wooden Hinged Table Leaf Support Posted by Killenwood
So far in this series on the Breakfast Table, we've done the rule joint, legs, and pierced carved skirt. In this post, I will show how to make the wooden hinge for the leaf support. The final wooden... ]]>
<![CDATA[Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2009 21:24:47 -0500 Create a Carved, Pierced Table Apron Posted by Killenwood
Continuing my series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table, this post covers the creation of the fancy carved and pierced apron. I don't even try to model actual carved surfaces, rather "brand" the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:14:28 -0500 Creating the Legs for the Breakfast Table Posted by Killenwood
As mentioned before, I will do a series on the Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table including the legs, pierced skirts, stretching rails, and wooden hinged leaf supports. I'll be doing this series in a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Challenging Features in Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:50:46 -0500 Challenging Features in Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table Posted by Killenwood
In my last entry I showed the making of a rule joint using one of Thomas Elfe's famous breakfast tables. The table has so many more interesting features that I decided to run a series of entries on... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Rule Joint on a Thomas Elfe Table]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 01:19:05 -0500 A Rule Joint on a Thomas Elfe Table Posted by Killenwood
I started out thinking a tutorial on making a rule joint would be quite straightforward. My mistake was underestimating what it would take to do on a fancy Thomas Elfe Breakfast Table. I'm interested... ]]>
<![CDATA[A Listing of Windsor Chair Entries]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:39:56 -0500 A Listing of Windsor Chair Entries Posted by Killenwood
A reader remembered reading specific blog posts on Windsor Chairs, but was unable to locate them in Design. Click. Build. I can understand the difficulty of retrieving and locating specific... ]]>
<![CDATA[Creating a Hinge in SketchUp]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2009 23:33:06 -0500 Creating a Hinge in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
A reader asked how to make a hinge in SketchUp, specifically a Brusso Stop Hinge (used for small boxes). I've created many different types of hinges for my furniture designs, but typically I rough... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Windsor Settee Arm/Crest Rail]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2009 21:20:08 -0500 Making a Windsor Settee Arm/Crest Rail Posted by Killenwood
I'm continuing my repertoire of Windsor chairs by adding a two-seat, low-back Settee. This one from Connecticut, circa 1820. As usual I start with the design in SketchUp and found a unique situation... ]]>
<![CDATA[Some Turnings are Just More Difficult]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:50:28 -0500 Some Turnings are Just More Difficult Posted by Killenwood
I was working with an 18th Century Mahogany Bookcase that includes this complex cornice. There are a number of components in this cornice assembly including the small turned pendants. The pendants... ]]>
<![CDATA[What are the Special Strengths of SketchUp?]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2009 23:53:59 -0500 Killenwood
The other day I was looking for a list of the best things about SketchUp - things that are unique and special and make it an effective tool for woodworking. I couldn't find one so decided to create... ]]>
<![CDATA[Flexibility with Cross Sections]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:29:33 -0500 Flexibility with Cross Sections Posted by Killenwood
I don't use a lot of cross-sections in my design documents, but occasionally I find them extremely effective. They are particularly useful where it is difficult, with normal visualizations, to see... ]]>
<![CDATA[My Strategy with SketchUp]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 22:41:38 -0500 My Strategy with SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
There are a number of ways SketchUp is used in woodworking including:1. The development of a conceptual design2. Creating views and images for client review3. Working out a complex joint4. Estimating... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Recorder Instrument]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2009 02:05:16 -0500 Making a Recorder Instrument Posted by Killenwood
After hearing news recently of the discovery of world's oldest musical instrument - a 35,000 year old flute made from a wing bone - I wondered how it would be to create a "modern" recorder. Using... ]]>
<![CDATA[Roy Underhill's Scribed Window Sash]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 23:41:53 -0500 Roy Underhill's Scribed Window Sash Posted by Killenwood
Roy Underhill was a recent guest speaker at Mt. Diablo Woodworker's in Pleasant Hill, CA. It was a fantastic and entertaining day of demonstrations and discussion. One of Roy's subjects during the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Difficult Dimension Placement]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:40:47 -0500 Difficult Dimension Placement Posted by Killenwood
Occasionally I'm faced with components which are hard to dimension; for example, when the component has a fully shaped edge and I can't easily find the endpoints to place a dimension. The Dimension... ]]>
<![CDATA[Dilemma with Maloof Rocker Arm]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2009 01:07:19 -0500 Dilemma with Maloof Rocker Arm Posted by Killenwood
I was not satisfied with my first attempt at the Maloof Rocker Arm as shown in last week's blog entry. So I re-read the FWW # 42 article, "How to Make a Rocker". Each time I read Maloof's text, I... ]]>
<![CDATA[Maloof Rocker - Roughing into SketchUp]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:48:02 -0500 Maloof Rocker - Roughing into SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Readers who know me will recognize my shift into contemporary with this blog entry. I admit being stuck in the 18th C with my furniture interests, but this excursion was too tempting. Some of my... ]]>
<![CDATA[Seven Beginning Steps in SketchUp]]> Sat, 23 May 2009 00:37:25 -0500 Killenwood
  I've been teaching SketchUp to woodworkers for about two years. Most of my teaching has occurred at the adult education center in Pleasant Hill, CA. However, there have been several sessions... ]]>
<![CDATA[Bending a Continuous Bow]]> Sat, 16 May 2009 12:50:44 -0500 Bending a Continuous Bow Posted by Killenwood
While struggling to steam bend fresh ash lumber in the shop, I'm also striving for better and easier methods of bending on the computer in SketchUp. For "real" bends, I'm learning to appreciate key... ]]>
<![CDATA[Create Shop Drawings II]]> Fri, 08 May 2009 00:43:00 -0500 Create Shop Drawings II Posted by Killenwood
This is the second entry in a series covering the creation of shop drawings. Last week I showed the use of Scenes to provide a way of capturing views of the model required for construction in the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Create Shop Drawings]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:58:46 -0500 Create Shop Drawings Posted by Killenwood
Now that you've got your piece of furniture modeled in SketchUp, how do you extract/ show information and drawings needed in the shop? For this you need to know about SketchUp "Scenes" which allow... ]]>
<![CDATA[Using the Intersect Feature]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2009 22:00:31 -0500 Using the Intersect Feature Posted by Killenwood
In SketchUp you can interact different model shapes and find their "intersections". The feature is called "Intersect" and comes in handy for furniture design. A popular example of its use, is the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Breadboard Joinery for the Table Top]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 21:47:00 -0500 Breadboard Joinery for the Table Top Posted by Killenwood
I'll show my SketchUp procedure for making detail connections of a breadboard to a table top. This design, while using tenon pegs,  allows for seasonal movement of wood which is a main... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Bevel-edged Drawer Bottom]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2009 22:18:12 -0500 Making a Bevel-edged Drawer Bottom Posted by Killenwood
Both Dave Richards and I have recommended modeling components in the context of the assembled piece of furniture. This saves time and reduces errors by drawing a new component where it fits among... ]]>
<![CDATA[More on Mirroring with Flip Along]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2009 00:44:51 -0500 More on Mirroring with Flip Along Posted by Killenwood
Last week I showed how to mirror table legs using the Flip Along feature of SketchUp. As pointed out in comments to the post, there are conditions which will affect the results of Flip Along. In my... ]]>
<![CDATA[Mirroring with Flip Along]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:07:05 -0500 Mirroring with Flip Along Posted by Killenwood
For new students of SketchUp, the Flip Along command is one of the most confusing. Yet, it is a feature that is difficult to avoid in woodworking , as we continually "flip" or mirror components in... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Most Basic Procedure in SketchUp]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:50:26 -0500 The Most Basic Procedure in SketchUp Posted by Killenwood
Readers have recently mentioned difficulty in drawing a line to exact length and achieving a clean rectangle with a face. This is the most basic operation in SketchUp and without success here... ]]>
<![CDATA[Lessons in Teaching SketchUp to Woodworkers]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2009 18:02:06 -0500 Lessons in Teaching SketchUp to Woodworkers Posted by Killenwood
Over the past couple years in this blog, I've reported on my experiences teaching SketchUp to woodworking students. This entry follows in that tradition. This week I finished another 3session... ]]>
<![CDATA[Joint Push/Pull]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:48:11 -0500 Joint Push/Pull Posted by Killenwood
I'm working on another Windsor - this time a fan back arm chair. This style,  as shown below in a rough model, includes a curved crest rail which captures the top of the spindles and turned... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Effectiveness of Imported Scanned Images]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 23:51:05 -0500 The Effectiveness of Imported Scanned Images Posted by Killenwood
This week my scanner malfunctioned and I was faced with creating a turning without the benefit of the scanned-imported image.  I was on a tight schedule, so there was pressure to get the turning... ]]>
<![CDATA[Style Settings for Woodworking]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 20:12:17 -0500 Style Settings for Woodworking Posted by Killenwood
I'm often asked to have a look at SketchUp files for suggestions on getting around a problem. Most often the files have default settings based on the template Product Design and Woodworking. (To see... ]]>
<![CDATA[Rules for Dimensions]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:23:49 -0500 Rules for Dimensions Posted by Killenwood
Dimensioning in SketchUp can be tricky, so I find it important to stick to some basic rules as follows:1. Don't place dimensions within a component with one exception - dimensions for circles, arcs... ]]>
<![CDATA[Federal or Hepplewhite Legs with Inlay]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:32:24 -0500 Federal or Hepplewhite Legs with Inlay Posted by Killenwood
As mentioned in my last post, I attended the recent Williamsburg Conference on "Working Wood in the 18th Century". One of the show pieces was a Federal Dressing Table presented by Steve Latta. He... ]]>
<![CDATA["Align View" - a Little Known, but Handy Function]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:40:24 -0500 Posted by Killenwood
I don't use it that often, but when I do the "Align View" function is very helpful. It comes in handy when I'm making a full-size template of a component's details. In the case of the 18th C Childs... ]]>
<![CDATA[An 18th C Child's Cradle - Handling Difficult Shapes and Angles]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2009 19:21:59 -0500 An 18th C Child's Cradle - Handling Difficult Shapes and Angles Posted by Killenwood
Last week I attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference, "Working Wood in the 18th Century. Covering the subject - Bedroom Furniture -  I found this conference very educational and valuable... ]]>
<![CDATA[Key Subjects Indexed to Archived Posts]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2009 21:19:23 -0500 Killenwood
I've not done an analysis of questions received over the last couple years. However, it seems that some of the most frequent questions involve subjects or issues listed below.  These issues have... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Window Sash or Breakfront Cabinet Door]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:37:17 -0500 Making a Window Sash or Breakfront Cabinet Door Posted by Killenwood
Classic window sash and breakfront glass doors with molded muntins are challenging woodworking projects. However,  I find that working through the detail design in SketchUp clears up any... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Bail for a Shaker Chip Box]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:48:48 -0500 Making a Bail for a Shaker Chip Box Posted by Killenwood
In starting the design for a Shaker Chip Box, I thought how easy it looked -  but soon was surprised by the complexity of the bent handle or Bail. This component is not so simple with its right... ]]>
<![CDATA[Adjusting or Tweaking Your Model - A Loft Bed Example]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2008 23:41:10 -0500 Adjusting or Tweaking Your Model - A Loft Bed Example Posted by Killenwood
 Often I find myself fairly complete with a model design, yet have second thoughts about the overall size or configuration. Or following a presentation to a customer, adjustments and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Continuing on Ladder Back - The Centerline Framework]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2008 20:53:01 -0500 Continuing on Ladder Back - The Centerline Framework Posted by Killenwood
About two weeks ago, I showed the beginning steps involved in making the SketchUp model of a Ladder Back Chair - mainly the creation of the Back Posts. In this post, I will continue the modeling... ]]>
<![CDATA[An Important Setup Step for Woodworkers]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2008 13:11:04 -0500 Killenwood
I'm teaching another woodworking group this week, and am reminded how important initial setup steps simplify SketchUp and reduce frustration. I described many of these steps in a February 2008 blog... ]]>
<![CDATA[Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2008 21:32:25 -0500 Organizing, Bundling, and Printing Full-size Templates Posted by Killenwood
I've emphasized often, the benefits in the shop of having full-size templates as an output from the SketchUp model. Until now, I've created these templates one-by-one, printing as jpgs or pdfs on a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making a Tapered Bend]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2008 23:10:49 -0500 Making a Tapered Bend Posted by Killenwood
Following my last post, I felt somewhat uncomfortable about taking a short-cut with the Back Post. Rather than executing a bowed bend for the upper section of the Back Post, I simply rotated the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Starting a Ladder Back Chair]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2008 23:42:47 -0500 Starting a Ladder Back Chair Posted by Killenwood
Here is the method I use to start the SketchUp modeling of an 18th C Ladder Back Armchair. ]]>
<![CDATA[More on Ladder Back Chair Back Slats]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:58:20 -0500 More on Ladder Back Chair Back Slats Posted by Killenwood
Recently I have been modeling an 18th C. Ladder Back Arm Chair (Connecticut, Circa 1740). Here is a picture of the modeling status so far. Again I faced the creation of Back Slats - four... ]]>