My friend, Travis Piper, showed me this table he has had since he was a kid; it’s thought to be from the 1930s. It’s very unique the way it folds up when picked up in the middle. I really like the design, shaker-esque in nature. I modeled it in Sketchup. My only change was to the skirt, adding an arch, instead of the mild scallopy profile that is on the original. My rendering’s metal support rails are a bit too slivery; I think I would make them a flat black, if I were to ma...
My Brother-in-Law has a pool table in his condo and every time we go over there, the pool cues are laying on a table or on the bar chairs. He also has a table top to convert it to a ping pong, or in their case beer pong table, so the accessories need a place to go. After our last visit, I told my wife maybe I should make him a pool cue rack for Christmas. She liked the idea, but as with anything, I needed to make sure I had her buy in before pumping something out that she might not like. ...
For my Introduction to Woodworking class, we have a “final project” that we choose ourselves. Given that I’m learning to use hand tools, I’ve decided to make a handplane cabinet. In my latest blog entry, I show how I use Google (now Trimble) SketchUp to create the design and the use of layers and scenes to showcase the various parts of the design without duplicating any portion. This was based on information that I learned from Bob Lang in his article from Popular Woodworking. T...
My friend the contractor asked me to make him a small table to store video game DVD’s. The furniture style in the room was mission, so I went with a slightly mission style look for the table. The space its going in is relatively small so the table is small as well. After a few size and design changes this is what I decided on..It’s going to be made from 4/4 ribbon Sapele..found some really nice stuff at Woodcraft..I am going to use pocket screw construction for most of it..the ver...
I’ve recently started playing with screen capturing and will be filming some of my sketchup sessions. I’m also in the learning phase of sketchup so any help, comments, suggestions are appreciated. Check out Part 1 here and then Part 2. As always, please subscribe for more great videos.
As I continue the process of designing the cabinet that will support the table, I am also improving my “fluency” with SketchUp. I sometimes find myself getting distracted with the software, trying to figure out how to do something or just challenging myself to see if I can do something when in reality I don’t need to be. I think it’s a good thing to establish what the intent of your model is before you begin creating it to help mitigate this type of behavior. For example, if one is just tryin...
I will hopefully be making this out of 2×4s and some scrap 1/4” ply.
This is Amelia typing this entry. I would like to show you how my daddy and I started out with our project. First i made a couple of rough sketches on graph paper to get an idea of how to make the cabinet. Then after making the sketches we decided to make a three dimensional scale model in sketchup. We figured out the sizes by looking at the human skull in the cabinet and then measuring our own heads. Daddy’s head was about six inches from the top of his head to the upper part of...
Hello. Here is the design process for my next video build.
My daughter Amelia and I will be working through this project together to learn several skills together that will be beneficial to us in the future. She is a home schooled child, and we saw this as a great opportunity to learn blogging, woodworking, and writing together. Amelia is 9 years old, and she loves collecting natural items. One day while browsing on wikipedia, I came across this beautiful 17th century cabinet known as a cabinet of curiosities. The illustration below shows a painting ...
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