Sketchup With Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh, who has produced videos and online courses about SketchUp for Popular Woodworking, keeps you on top of the latest SketchUp for woodworkers advice. Joe has over 35 years experience in the high-tech computer and graphics industry, ranging from computer design to executive management. He has combined his love of woodworking with his knowledge of 3-D; he teaches SketchUp, both video and live courses, and writes SketchUp Ruby script plugins for woodworking. Joe maintains a woodworking website (www.srww.com) and blog (www.srww.com/blog). Also check out Popular Woodworking University to learn when Joe will run his next SketchUp online course.

The Dough BoxPart 3 of 4

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 well to get the fight started. The truth...

The Dough BoxPart 2 of 4

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 woodworker knows that if they work wood for too long,...

The Dough BoxPart 1 of 4

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 wanted. Then I took dimensions...

Shortcut Keys and Ruby Script Plugins

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 build in the shop can more efficiently begin on the computer using...

Tools, Components & Dialog Boxes

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 over groups; How to access and manage commonly used dialog boxes. This is...

Installing & Setting Up SketchUp

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 own desktop or notebook. The video below covers the...

SketchUp Comes To American Woodworker

Beginning with this post, I will be blogging on AmericanWoodworker.com, approximately four times a month. The subject will be SketchUp and related topics such as Ruby Plugins, LayOut, CutList Plus fx and more. If you are new to SketchUp, completely unfamiliar, or have just heard about it, and you want to learn SketchUp try...