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).

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp–Part 7

We are nearing the end of this multi-part series. Perhaps two more installments and we will be done. To put this project in context I thought it might be helpful to see what we are trying to accomplish. A number of years back I built a bed for myself using pictures...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 6

Last week we completed the joinery for the legs and rails and chamfered the legs. This week we will add the top, top trim & filler strips and place a stopped dado in the legs for the slats. Because this week we also had to correct a mistake I made earlier...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 5

Last week we completed the lower and upper rails, sides and back for the Cherry Bedside Table. This week we are going to add the joinery for the legs and rails and place a bevel on the slats. We need to start with some housekeeping not completed last week like placing...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 4

Last week we completed the legs sans joinery for the Cherry Bedside Table. This week we are going to create the lower and upper rails, sides and back again leaving joinery until next week. Specifically, next week we will add the joinery to the legs & rails, bevel the Slats and...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 3

Last week we completed the dimension budgets for the Cherry Bedside Table in 2D. This week we are going to create the 3D model of the table’s legs. At left is the Isometric view of the completed legs next to the front view 2D budget. I thought the best way to...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 2

Last week we defined our bedside table in terms of functionality, features and style deciding which features we wanted to carry over from the bed and dressers in the set. We settled on overall dimensions, some of which depended on the specifics of the room where these tables would reside (recall...

Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUpPart 1

A question I am often asked is “How do you design furniture from scratch in SketchUp?” followed by questions such as “Do you sketch something on paper first and then transfer it to SketchUp?”, “Do you include the joinery as you go along?”, “How do you conceptualize in SketchUp?” and “Do...

Cut List Dimensions and the Bounding Box

There are several cut list producing tool scripts for SketchUp. The one I have written and made available is called CutList Bridge. It produces a CSV (comma separated values) file that can be imported to Excel, OpenOffice or CutList Plus fx. Most of you are also aware that the dimensions shown...