I’ve made a Sketchup extension named FitParts for generating cut plans from your drawing. Let’s say you are making a panel box just for example. First you make 6 walls and group every one of them as you go; it is nice and normal to name them, say left, right, .... Second you select these groups. Third you start my extension from Sketchup menu Extensions / FitParts / MakeCutlist. You will choose or type the size of (identical) panels you have and click the Cut button.What you will...
I’ve just released a new book in enhanced PDF format (50 videos are embedded within the 195 pages of text) about using SketchUp to create 3D models of kitchens. If you’re planning to redo a kitchen, or are in the business, this book starts with the download and setup of the program, shows you how to use SketchUp to model a room, fill it with cabinets, appliances and counters, and generate both realistic renderings and technical drawings from the same model. Special introductory...
Our MeetUp Group for WOODWORKERS in NE Ohio has grown to over 70 members now. This is a group for Ladies and Men… and for anyone interested in Woodworking. http://www.meetup.com/NE-Ohio-Woodworking-Meetup/ We have held a couple of “SketchUp for Woodworking” classes so far in the Downtown Akron-Summit County Public Library… with many SketchUp classes also scheduled. state-of-the-art Akron-Summit County Public Library. Sketchup has been installed on all PCs… so you ...
We have a MeetUp Group for WOODWORKERS in NE Ohio. This is a group for Ladies and Men… and for anyone interested in Woodworking. http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/e/5/c/0/highres_447478816.jpeg We have a SketchUp Class for Woodworking scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 19th 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the new state-of-the-art Akron-Summit County Public Library. Sketchup has been installed on all PCs… so you do not need to bring a PC or tablet (bring a USB ...
Project Inspiration A couple of months ago, Woodsmith magazine had a shop built belt sander on the cover which inspired me to try to build my own. I’ve been using a handheld Dewalt Belt sander with a stand as a bench sander but have been frustrated with the small sanding area. I also had to fix a broken shaft screw using super glue so I know that its days are numbered. The Woodsmith version was designed to take advantage of a lathe to drive the sander when the lathe is not in use but...
Sketch up rendition. .skp file also available for view. Center media cabinet. One of the two end satellite cabinets. Still need to cut up the crown molding. This cabinet is sitting on a short roll around platform to facilitate installing the drawers so I didn’t need to work on my knees.
A friend of mine studied Tae Kwon Do when he was younger and graduated up to Junior Black-belt. Now he has a bunch of colored belts and I decided to build him a rack where he can display them. I searched the internet for ideas and even got a few good ideas from the LJ fourm. I like the one that phamat built for his son I found similar designs through a Google search. I decided to make it a wall hung display rack because I don’t know where he would be able to put it if it were free...
I have built a number of bookcases since completing my first woodworking project in 1983. All of these bookcases are my own design. One design I really like is called the Kirkwood. I have built so many bookcases, I decided to begin naming newer ones after antebellum homes. One of my favorite such homes is Kirkwood in Eutaw, Alabama (see it by clicking here). This bookcase is basic case construction with the addition of bracket feet and moldings. Clicking the link below will tak...
The first step in making my daughter’s window seat bookcase is to create the sides and the interior dividers (shown in blue above). This is panel construction with a more difficult step which I’ll get to in the my next blog post. The legs are 1.5” square cherry and it looks like there is a little quilting going on in the legs, not sure. To create the curve on the lower rail, I literally printed the component straight from SketchUp and taped it onto some 1/4”...
My daughter is an avid reader and still prefers reading from a real book even though I think most 24 year olds are downloading books these days. Since books were stacking up on the floor, she asked me to build a second bookcase. The only space available was beneath two double hung windows. This meant the bookcase would need to be much more horizontal than vertical. She also liked the idea of something that she could also use as a bench. Here is what I came up with in SketchUp… ...
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