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Winter 2013-2014

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SketchUp with Joe Zeh

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  • CutList Bridge 2.7 Released

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, April 3, 2014
    SketchUp Make and Pro 2014 brought with it many improvements including the upgrade from Ruby 1.8.7 to Ruby 2.0 for its Ruby API and Plugins. Like most improvements, there are some casualties and collateral damage. I had hoped that CutList 2.6 release...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 4

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, March 31, 2014
    In Part 3 we trimmed the leg with a compound cut so that it sat flat on the floor and was flat with the seat. We also modeled the seat and put one hole, for one leg in it. Today we are going to cut three more holes in the seat. We will then have to use...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 3

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    In Part 2 we modeled the leg, copied and position three more. But the legs extended through the floor and beyond the height of the seat. Today we are going to cut the leg to length, essentially a compound miter cut at each end. We will do this using a...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 2

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, March 10, 2014
    Today we are going to model the legs of the Shaker Stool. Modeling the legs requires close and careful attention to the compound angles and the off axis planes you will be working with. Pay close attention to details such as how construction lines are...
  • SketchUp 2014–Tools Updated For SketchUp 2014 Compatibility

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, March 3, 2014
    On February 28th Trimble released the new versions of SketchUp: SketchUp Make 2014 (the free version) and SketchUp Pro 2014. The is not too much change visible from the outside, but a significant performance improvement under the hood. A good seal of...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 1

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, February 20, 2014
    I posted a four part series on drawing a Shaker Round Stand. The series was titled The Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay – A Treasure Trove for SketchUp Generation Woodworkers. The Round Stand was pictured in 2D on page 194 of that book. Today...
  • Cherry Chest Plans To Match The Cherry Bedside Table

    by Joe Zeh     Friday, February 7, 2014
    A reader of this blog requested plans for the Cherry Chest that matches the Cherry Bedside Table. The Cherry Bedside Table was the topic of a nine part series I posted here called Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp . Thanks to him I am posting...
  • Trundle Bed Project in SketchUp

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    I design a lot of furniture in SketchUp. Some of it requires the SketchUp user to use intermediate or expert SketchUp skills. In the interest of sparking reader questions I thought I would share some of these designs. This Trundle Bed project is a good...
  • SketchUp Tricks Part 2

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, December 25, 2013
    This post is Part 2 of a multi-part series on SketchUp Tricks. More precisely, methods of modeling that save time. In SketchUp Tricks Part 1 I showed you some methods to draw boards with symmetrical ends and resize those boards more efficiently. For example...
  • SketchUp Tricks Part 1

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    This post is Part 1 of a multi-part series on SketchUp Tricks. More precisely, methods of modeling that save time. Today I am going to show you some methods to draw boards with symmetrical ends and resize those boards more efficiently. I am also going...
  • Correction To Cherry Bedside Table

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    Last week I posted shop drawings for a Cherry Bedside Table . Some how a mortise was left out of the front legs. I have corrected the .layout, .PDF and .skp files and uploaded the new ones. If you downloaded any of these files go to shop drawings for...
  • Cherry Bedside Table Shop Drawings

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    At the conclusion of the nine part series Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp I promised shop drawings. True to my word this post will provide you with the SketchUp model file, complete with all the views you need to print shop drawings. The...
  • Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp--Part 9

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, November 21, 2013
    This is the last installment of Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp. Last week we added the drawer dust panels, the bottom and the bottom supports. This week we will model the drawers and put them in place which will complete the Cherry Bedside...
  • Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp--Part 8

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    After today’s installment we have one installment left in this multi-part series. Last week we added the top front rail with dovetails and the drawer support system. This week we will add the drawer dust panels, the bottom and the bottom supports...
  • Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp--Part 7

    by Joe Zeh     Friday, November 1, 2013
    We are nearing the end of this multi-part series. Perhaps two more installments and we will be done. To put this project in context I thought it might be helpful to see what we are trying to accomplish. A number of years back I built a bed for myself...