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.

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...