Electronic Drawings

With many of our woodworking projects, we supply an electronic drawing that you can manipulate or study. Usually these are in SketchUp format. Here you’ll find all the electronic drawings from Chris Schwarz’s woodworking blog, and the woodworking tips and tricks that go along with using them. Learing how to work with these drawings is a vital skill for the modern-day woodwoker – if you don’t know where to begin, start here with our library of SketchUp tutorials.

The Tool That Changed My Woodworking Life

The most significant woodworking tool that has been introduced in my lifetime doesn’t cut wood and it costs nothing. It is Google’s SketchUp program, a 3D computer-aided design program that runs on virtually any computer. Before SketchUp (the BS era), I used a variety of CAD programs to create construction drawings. Because I use...

New SketchUp Drawing of a Roubo Workbench

Last week a reader posted a nice SketchUp drawing of a Roubo workbench that you can download (for free) from Google’s 3D Warehouse. The drawing features the Benchcrafted Wagon Vise and a dovetailed end cap that holds the vise in place. I’ve had several readers ask me what this construction should look like. Now...

Free Drawing: The Knockdown Holtzapffel Workbench

Ever since we published plans for the Holtzapffel Cabinetmaker’s Workbench in Issue 8 of Woodworking Magazine, readers have requested information on how to build the bench so it could be easily knocked down and moved. The version I built and published plans for in Issue 8 used old-world bench-building principles where the legs were...

Free SketchUp Drawings of Woodworking Magazine Projects

Now you can download six free SketchUp drawings for projects published in Woodworking Magazine during the last four years. These files work with Google’s free drafting program, SketchUp, and allow you to take the projects apart, see the joinery and view the projects at any angle. These files are great for understanding how a...

Free eDrawings of Holtzapffel Workbench Now Available

With the release of Issue 8 of Woodworking Magazine now imminent, we’ve uploaded a free eDrawing of the cover project , a 19th-century workbench , for you to download and examine. This interactive 3D- illustration can be opened and manipulated using a free program from eDrawings that is available both for the PC and...