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Dovetailed birch cabinet with marquetry panel. Some of the woods I used are manzanita, walnut burl, rosewood, and anigre.

Banding from tenon cutoffs

This is the ultimate use of scrap. I collect the cutoffs from doing the tenons and made banding from it. One day I was making tenons and notice all of the pieces and a light bulb went off. Why not...

Coffee Bean Spoon

I had this scrap given to me some forty years ago. For some reason I kept it, not knowing the grain that was in it. What a surprise when our old plastic coffee scoop broke and I decided to try making...

Recent comments

Re: Create a Cut List From Your Model

Not using dovetails in my drawings. Anyway other than completely redrawing, is there a way to change from ~ to accurate? The only way that I found that works is to delete the line that is bad and redrawing it. With each board having 4 corners it is a tedious job. I have 15 different size drawers with face, sides, bottom and back. Although all are not wrong it is very frustrating.

This is the first time using the scale tool in this manner, Too bad it didn't work. A lot better than using move tool. Oh well.

Re: Create a Cut List From Your Model


How do you resize something the is coming out as ~1/8 vs 1/8.

I did some scaling on drawers and a bunch of dimensions went this way. I try to type in dimensions every time but still get the ~ on some dimensions. Your reader need to know that if the dimension error is in thickness, Cutlist uses a separate piece of wood.


Re: UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

I will definitely review it .

Re: UPDATE: Read a review of Wooden Boxes by the giveaway winner

I want this book!

Re: Shop Talk Live 5: Compounding Errors

What! Why would FWW allow this video? Don't they have anyone "vetting" out these things?

Seriously, you have a right to say your opinions, but in 58 minutes, when it could of been said in 5 minutes? I think your website has a lot of great information and feel like it was getting better all of the time. Draw me to your site/magazine with content, not with elitism.

Re: Tips on Dimensions

I guess you type in your dimensions. I usually do too. The 1/16 comes in handy when i am drawing a line to a dimension that I want to be in sixteenths. I think this is probably a hold over from other drawing programs I have used. I am lazy or frustrated by having to type in the dimensions all of the time. Mouse control isn't my strong suit. I do understand what you are saying and have found errors that way too, but if it is restricted to 1/16 wouldn't those errors be corrected?:)

Re: Tips on Dimensions

On a slightly different aspect. Is there a way to make SU default to 1/16 rather than 1/64. I change it every time I start a new drawing. Small problem but frustrating.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Acanthus Carving and Design by Bob Yorburg & Hans Sandom, Illustrator

I could actually use this on a project right now!

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Esherick, Maloof, Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans by Tina Skinner

Sounds like an interesting book

Re: Video Tour: Garage Shop Makeover

Nice but where is your wood stored. My biggest problem is wood storage. I do a lot of small projects and have a hard time tossing even the smallest piece away.

Re: Cut List Plugin Installation

May I add that the Cutlist folder and file needs to be in the plugin folder, you will find it under the Goggle/Sketchup/ folders. At Least that is the way it is on mine.

Re: Updated: Build-Your-Own Power Tool Plans

I wrote a blog on making a foot powered scroll saw. If anyone is interested follow the link .


Re: The Scale Tool

Okay the key was "after the scale operation is complete". Once I did that it worked! Thank you!! That has been bugging me for a long time. I have read the help manual before and didn't pick up on the detail above. It is those little details that get you.

Re: The Scale Tool


I tried what you said. Drew a board 25" long, grabbed the handle, moved it in the direction I wanted and typed 20" in the box. The second I hit the shift to get to the quote sign the scale tool executes who knows what, not 20". Is it possible this only works on Sketchup Pro?

Re: The Scale Tool

Tim, could you elaborate on your method?

Why does sketchup need to use ratios in scaling? I usually will use the Dimension tool to show the measurement of the line that I am interested in changing. Then using the scale tool I can see the measurement change on the line as I move the scale tool. The problem is that the mouse is hard to control the amount of movement. This is where a nudge tool would be handy or better yet allow a measurement in the scale tool rather than ratios only.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing Fixes by Michael Dresdner

I am a fan of Dresdner.

Re: Tips on Zooming

Does it matter how far you are away from the 00 axis? I created a sketchup file where I drew 10 tables of different designs along the X axis. I am going through how I want to design the table. When I am working on table ten it is much harder for me to keep the table in view.

I created scenes to quickly get back to the table but is there a better way to do this?

Can you move the main axis?
Is it better to create separate files?

Re: Scraptacular Contest Winners Announced

I am curious as to how the voting went. Any chance you will post the vote totals?

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Wood Science & Design by Hendrik Varju

Wow, this would be great to win!

Re: Are You Taking Advantage of the Arrow Keys?

Is there any way to move slowly to a point? Let say you want to draw a line 20" and you don't want to type in the 20 in the lower right box. The mouse seems to have a mind of it's own and will go on either side of 20 but not to 20. I know this is a stupid example, but you get the idea? I have used other programs that use the arrow keys to do this.

Thanks for tips above, that will come in handy.

Re: Basket Weave Bench

Great job! can you give us close up of the weave and inlay?

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