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  • 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...
  • Installing & Setting Up SketchUp

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    Last week I introduced you to SketchUp and gave numerous examples of what it can do for the woodworker. That post was titled SketchUp Comes To American Woodworker . In today’s post I am going to show you how to install and setup SketchUp on your...
  • Tools, Components & Dialog Boxes

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, April 16, 2013
    In last weeks post, titled Installing & Setting Up SketchUp , we learned to download, install and customize the SketchUp window. This week we will learn: Selection and use of the most frequently needed tools; How to create components and their advantages...
  • Shortcut Keys and Ruby Script Plugins

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    This is the last in a series of four posts designed to introduce the woodworker to new tool - SketchUp. SketchUp is a powerful and ideally suited tool for woodworkers who design their own furniture, cabinets, jigs, fixtures or workbenches. Anything you...
  • The Dough Box–Part 1 of 4

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    A student wrote me and asked how I might go about drawing a Dough Box in SketchUp. He sent me a hyperlink to a miniature which he wanted to scale up and build . I brought the picture into SketchUp and scaled the length and height to the dimensions he...
  • The Dough Box–Part 2 of 4

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, May 7, 2013
    Most woodworkers design and build furniture that is rectilinear and orthogonal. This spares us from having to think too hard and reaching back into our high school geometry lessons. It also spares us the expense and use of a compound miter saw. But any...
  • The Dough Box–Part 3 of 4

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    Are you a tails or pins first kind of woodworker? If you want to start the woodworker’s equivalent of a bar fight, simply blurt out in a crowd of woodworkers that the best way to cut dovetails is pins first. A tails first declaration works equally...
  • The Dough Box–Part 4 of 4

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    In this fourth and final part of The Dough Box, I add the lid and lid trim to complete the model. Than I discuss some of the strange issues surrounding compound angles. Along the way I introduce you to one of my tools I use a lot called Draw Normal. Draw...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Components, Dimensioning, Scenes, Layers & Naming Part 1

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    As you gain experience with SketchUp there will come a day when the light bulb will go on and you will realize that you need a strategy for naming components, organizing and naming scenes and layers, and for dimensioning and creating shop drawings. I...
  • Components, Dimensioning, Scenes, Layers & Naming Part 2

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    In Part 1 of this two part post I covered this subject in broad strokes. Now we are going to look a little deeper at my naming conventions for components, layers, scenes and special layers such as dimension layers and exploded layers. As I mentioned in...
  • 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...
  • Printing To Scale With SketchUp Make & SketchUp Pro 2013

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, July 4, 2013
    Trimble released its new version of SketchUp and to no surprise they didn’t fix the problems with printing to scale which has plagued SketchUp users from day 1. So one again I will post a mini-tutorial on how to cope with printing to scale in SketchUp...
  • 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...