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Winter 2013-2014

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SketchUp with Joe Zeh

  • SketchUp Comes To American Woodworker

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, April 2, 2013
    Beginning with this post, I will be blogging on , approximately four times a month. The subject will be SketchUp and related topics such as Ruby Plugins, LayOut, CutList Plus fx and more. If you are new to SketchUp, completely unfamiliar...
  • 2D Drawing In SketchUp

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    A gentlemen, not much older that I (that means elderly), wrote me this week after seeing my American Woodworker SketchUp blog. He asked me if there was a good application out there for drawing in 2D. He is an engineer like me, and also like me learned...
  • 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...
  • Trimble Releases SketchUp 2013 – But…….

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    I have long awaited this first major release of SketchUp from Trimble. SketchUp 8 was a major release under Trimble, but very shortly after they acquired SketchUp, so I can’t really count that as a Trimble effort. This release very definitely has Trimble...
  • Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp–Part 1

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, September 12, 2013
    A question I am often asked is “How do you design furniture from scratch in SketchUp?” followed by questions such as “Do you sketch something on paper first and then transfer it to SketchUp?”, “Do you include the joinery...
  • Advanced SketchUp Series: The Select Tool

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, June 4, 2013
    For a few years I’ve had the idea of following up my Beginner’s SketchUp and Intermediate SketchUp Webinar series with and Advanced SketchUp series. Exactly what an Advanced SketchUp Webinar series would look like was something I pondered...
  • Modeling the Core Box Router Bit in SketchUp–The Details Version

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    A student emailed me and asked: “How do I model the cut a core box router bit makes in SketchUp?” At first glance you might think the answer is the usual – model the shape of the bit and use the "Follow-me" tool. After further...
  • 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 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...
  • Is SketchUp Bugging You?

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, July 4, 2013
    My job is to post weekly, here on the American Woodworker Contributor's Blogs, on a SketchUp topic I think will be of interest to the readers. I would very much like to encourage readers to suggest topics of interest and to make this SketchUp blog...
  • 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...
  • Trimming A Conference Table With The Follow-Me Tool

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, July 9, 2013
    A friend wrote me an email asking how to trim a conference table with the Follow-Me tool. The shape of his table was more than your usual basic shape. So I thought this would be a good teaching vehicle. Because of the complexity of this top I am using...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 5

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, April 7, 2014
    In Part 4 we cut three more holes in the seat and copied three more legs into position, even though it was only temporary. We created two rungs, each different in length, but the second being a simple lengthening of the other. We used the splay planes...
  • 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...