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Winter 2013-2014

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SketchUp with Joe Zeh

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay – A Treasure Trove for SketchUp Generation Woodworkers – Part 1

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    Spend a day in any large city library and look for woodworking books written in the 1990s or earlier and you will find a treasure trove of 2D drawings just waiting for a SketchUp Woodworker to take advantage of. One such book is The Book of Shaker Furniture...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay – A Treasure Trove for SketchUp Generation Woodworkers – Part 2

    by Joe Zeh     Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    In Part 1 we modeled the Pedestal but didn’t include the dovetail sockets to receive the legs. In this post we will add the sockets. Click on the image at left to see an enlarged view of the 2D drawing provided by John Kassay. On the right hand...
  • 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...
  • 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...