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.

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...

Cherry Chest Plans To Match The Cherry Bedside Table

A reader of this blog requested plans for the Cherry Chest that matches the Cherry Bedside Table. The Cherry Bedside Table was the topic of a nine part series I posted here called Designing Furniture From Scratch In SketchUp. Thanks to him I am posting the SketchUp Model and the PDF...

Trundle Bed Project in SketchUp

I design a lot of furniture in SketchUp. Some of it requires the SketchUp user to use intermediate or expert SketchUp skills. In the interest of sparking reader questions I thought I would share some of these designs. This Trundle Bed project is a good example. Take a look at the...

SketchUp Tricks Part 3

This trick is subtitled: Don’t Follow SketchUp Documentation When Using the Follow Me Tool I teach SketchUp both live and in videos. I get numerous questions and I mentally log them in categories such as printing to scale, primitives, layers, stickiness etc. One of the most frequently asked questions is how...