Design. Click. Build. Has a New Home!

comments (13) November 9th, 2008 in blogs

MBerger Matt Berger, contributor
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Update: The archive is no longer available.

Welcome to the new home of Design. Click. Build. the leading blog for woodworkers learning to use the 3D design software SketchUp for designing furniture.

For nearly two years our two reigning SketchUp experts, Tim Killen and Dave Richards, have delivered in depth and educational videos, illustrated tutorials, and tips and techniques for using SketchUp to design furniture. In that time, they have also acquired a loyal following of readers thanks to their continued generosity answer questions and helping to solve real-world problems.

This new new format provides some needed upgrades to the blog and will pave the way for greater participation from our community of readers. We're excited about these new tools and hope you are too.

Please post a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions about our new site.

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Killenwood Killenwood writes: Pax, I'm sorry you had difficulty. You may want to review additional blog entries that showed, in video form, the process of making those tongue and groove joints.

Here is a reference to find these videos.....


Posted: 11:42 pm on June 26th

Pax Pax writes: Well you can forget my call for help .... The fact that the two pieces are one on top of the other when I was pushing the waste away... the tongue was "taking" its place... then visually the "waste" was still there .... Quite humbling ...

Posted: 1:46 pm on June 26th

Pax Pax writes:
Posted: 1:44 pm on June 26th

Pax Pax writes: Looking for Help :)))

I have been at chapter 7 of Tim Killen e-book SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers for about 5 hours now and cannot follow the procedure describe on page 31-32 step 4. Up to that point I was more than pleased with the quality of the tutorials (I used to write software guides in a previous life). Anyone has experienced some issues with that part of the procedure ?

I will now go work in my shop to cool down ....

Despite that difficulty ... love the book

Posted: 12:42 pm on June 26th

Pax Pax writes:
Posted: 12:34 pm on June 26th

GEide GEide writes: Sorry Riffler. The archive is not available any longer. -Gina,
Posted: 9:37 am on November 2nd

Riffler Riffler writes: 10/31/10
Where has the archive gone? The link you give no longer goes there
Posted: 10:41 pm on October 31st

Ian Clayton Ian Clayton writes: Thank you again Dave. I can now see the point of using the asterisk when used on the number pad
Posted: 3:37 am on October 15th

DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: Ian, typing an 8 would make it difficult indeed. Glad you got it sorted. I use the * on the number keypad. -Dave
Posted: 6:10 am on October 14th

Ian Clayton Ian Clayton writes: Thank you very much Dave. What I was really querying was was the asterisk any different to using the X as I have never seen it mentioned before.
I made things difficult by forgetting to use the shift key for the asterisk and so typing 8 instead!
Posted: 4:58 am on October 14th

DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: Ian, I'm not quite sure I follow you on the backwards part. Perhaps you could drop me an e-mail and clarify?

As to the bed slats multiplying, this an example of making a linear array. There are two ways to do that. Both start by using Option+Move (Ctrl+Move on the the PC) to make the first copy of the original. If you know the distance between components, move the first copy that distance. Type in the distance and hit Enter to set the copy accurately. Then type *n, Enter where n is the number of copies. You can also type n*, xn or nx. The should all work. If you know the total length of the run of slats, which is more likely in the case of a bed, place the initial copy at the opposite end of the run, again using Option+Move. Then type /n, Enter or n/, Enter. Either of those should work.

Does that help?

Posted: 6:27 am on October 13th

Ian Clayton Ian Clayton writes: You use an asterisk for multiplying bed slats. I have not come across this before and find it does peculiar things. If repeated it seems to go backwards. I have a Mac
could you explain the use of the asterisk?

Posted: 4:38 am on October 13th

Hoop36 Hoop36 writes: I have communicated with Tim Killenwood about a problem as shown in the following posts. But perhaps this is in your balliwick. At any rate I miss the ability to print an article as I could using your old blog site.
Tim. More info. Your old DCB home was at htto// The post of Nov 12 titled Visit the new home of DCB. This new home is the one I cannot print from (other than the first page). I can use the old DCB home and retrieve old articles and they will print using as mant pages as necessary. From the bew home of DCB only 1 page will print. I have printed most of the old posts and hate to not have the ability to print new ones."
and his reply
Hoop36, now I understand.... In fact I also had only one page print. I will check with the Fine Woodworking Staff.... Thank you, Tim"

Posted: 3:26 pm on December 10th

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