Author Archives: Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh

About Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh has over 35 years experience in the high-tech computer and graphics industry, ranging from computer design to executive management. Joe is no stranger to 3-D CAD. While at ATI Technologies Inc., the 3-D graphics company now owned by AMD, Joe was vice president and general manager of 3-D Graphics. His responsibilities included the development of Radeon graphics chips and software drivers for Direct3D, OpenGL and AutoCAD. Joe is a lifelong woodworker. 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).

SketchUp Help – 10 FAQs

I have been teaching SketchUp for over seven years, both live and online. Students new to SketchUp struggle with a set of problems that are very similar in nature and can be characterized by one of the following questions. Over the years I have developed some tools to help students through...

SketchUp for Woodworkers – Here’s Why

This topic has appeared once or twice on woodworking blogs. So why list the benefits of SketchUp for woodworkers again? Here’s why: There are still too many woodworkers out there who have never heard of SketchUp and we need to get the word out. Woodworkers have short memories when it comes...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 5

In Part 4 we cut three more holes in the seat and copied three more legs into position, even though it was only temporary. We created two rungs, each different in length, but the second being a simple lengthening of the other. We used the splay planes to locate the rung...

CutList Bridge 2.7 Released

SketchUp Make and Pro 2014 brought with it many improvements including the upgrade from Ruby 1.8.7 to Ruby 2.0 for its Ruby API and Plugins. Like most improvements, there are some casualties and collateral damage. I had hoped that CutList 2.6 release fixed all the SketchUp 2014 and Ruby 2.0 compatibility...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 4

In Part 3 we trimmed the leg with a compound cut so that it sat flat on the floor and was flat with the seat. We also modeled the seat and put one hole, for one leg in it. Today we are going to cut three more holes in the seat....

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 3

In Part 2 we modeled the leg, copied and position three more. But the legs extended through the floor and beyond the height of the seat. Today we are going to cut the leg to length, essentially a compound miter cut at each end. We will do this using a slicing...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 2

Today we are going to model the legs of the Shaker Stool. Modeling the legs requires close and careful attention to the compound angles and the off axis planes you will be working with. Pay close attention to details such as how construction lines are placed. We will model this leg...

SketchUp 2014Tools Updated For SketchUp 2014 Compatibility

On February 28th Trimble released the new versions of SketchUp: SketchUp Make 2014 (the free version) and SketchUp Pro 2014. The is not too much change visible from the outside, but a significant performance improvement under the hood. A good seal of that performance comes by upgrading the Ruby API from...

A Shaker Stool For The WorkshopPart 1

I posted a four part series on drawing a Shaker Round Stand. The series was titled The Book of Shaker Furniture by John Kassay – A Treasure Trove for SketchUp Generation Woodworkers. The Round Stand was pictured in 2D on page 194 of that book. Today I am beginning a multipart...