Yesterday I was googling in search of some interesting websites related to woodworking, when I came across a simple yet interesting bench, made of just three pieces. What I liked the most were those big dovetails that joined the sides to a curved seat. Read on ““Paste in Place”, speed up your drawings in SketchUp with this overlooked function” »
Recently I wanted to draw one of my favourite woodworking magazines. Looking at the copy I had close to me, I realized that it was a little “consumed” by the many times I went through its pages! Read on “Draw a magazine with Extrude Edges by Rails plugin” »
Dovetails are one of my favourite joints. Every time I draw a new piece of furniture to build in my workshop, I always try to use them and, if a drawer is part of the project, it will surely have dovetails. Drawing dovetailed drawers in SketchUp is not so much time consuming but, if you want a readymade drawer where you just want to decide its dimensions, Read on “A plugin for dovetailed drawers” »
Last night I was talking to a friend on Skype. His name is Steve Maskery, a woodworkers who has spent much of his time inventing jigs for the workshop. At the end of our nice chat I realized the reason why I started using SketchUp few years ago: I wanted to start my project with a plan that had already solved many of the difficulties I’d have encountered during the construction process.
But SketchUp is a part (an important part, I’d say) of the method to approach woodworking in a more easy way. Yes, because once you start playing with real wood, you need to have the right tools to build what was previously drawn at the computer.
Take a look at this video to see what I mean.
Hi fellows woodworkers! There’s a new complete plan you can download from my site. It’s a bathroom cabinet plan I recently did for my self. It’s in metric version and you can download it here
I hope you like it!
One of the magic power of Google SketchUp is that it gives us an unlimited capability to draw everything that comes up in our minds. Many of the plugins available for it, help us to draw quickly geometries that would take a longer time with SketchUp’s native tools, and this is the reason why plugins exist! Read on “How to create a twisted bar in SketchUp with native tools” »
I recently completed a display cabinet for myself and, during the construction, I decided to add a molding to its doors. This cabinet will go with another cabinet I’m going to build in the next weeks.
While drawing the plan in SketchUp I was sure it could be easily done with the Follow Me tool, but I was wrong… Read on “A molded door, going beyond the Follow Me tool” »
I recently received an email from a reader asking for more information about the post I wrote on keeping the file size down in a model. What he wanted to know was the correct process to draw a component that was made of multiple components, each one representing a part of the entire. Read on “Components made of components” »
There are several plugins available for SketchUp but there is one that is especially made for woodworkers. This plugin is called Cutlist and, once tried, you’ll ask yourself how you could have managed your woodworking projects without it. Read on “Cutlist plugin, all you need to know for a good start with it” »
In these last days I worked hard on a display cabinet I need for my bathroom. As usual, I first prepared a plan for that, but when it came to work on some details when in the workshop, I realized that the drawings I did weren’t satisfying to me and to my wife. In particular, I was not happy with the crown molding, since the one I designed was too simple for the kind of cabinet I was working on. Read on “Create a complex molding in SketchUp with simple router bits” »