All posts filed under: Fine Woodworking

I Use Wudworxs On A Massive Breakfront

few months ago, at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild, I was talking with some of the SketchUp users about Sketchucation, a website devoted to SketchUp. I said that this site is where all the serious SketchUp users hang out, but I rarely go there since I don’t geek out on SketchUp. One of them looked at me and said, “So you don’t think you geek out on SketchUp?” Clearly he thought I do. Well, I am here to tell you that I have officially become a SketchUp geek because I recently bought a SketchUp extension called Wudworxs. When you pay money on such things you get automatically enrolled into the geeky world of SketchUp. Wudworxs is really a company which offers a series of extensions for SketchUp, all of which are woodworking related. An extension is a software product which can be added to, and works within SketchUp to automate complex tasks (extensions are sometimes called “plug-ins”). The extensions from Wudworxs simply automate tasks a woodworker would use while drawing in SketchUp. I bought a three …

Pennsylvania Secretary in SketchUp; What I Learned

The image above shows my completed SketchUp model of Lonnie Bird’s Pennsylvania Secretary as seen in Fine Woodworking magazine. The construction steps for this secretary were spread out over three issues of FWW (see them here, here and here). Taking three separate issues to explain the construction of this stunning walnut behemoth provides a hint at how complex it is to build. Making Mr. Bird’s masterpiece in SketchUp was also complex. I learned a few things while drawing it which I want to pass on to those interested. Ask For Help When You Need It This project contains a lot of complex curves. The bracket feet have intersecting serpentine shapes and the desk gallery has a variety of head scratching, curved edges. Long ago, I found a way to contact Dave Richards and when I hit a SketchUp road block, I ask Dave for help. He always responds quickly and has a good answer for my problem. With this secretary, I asked for Dave’s help twice; once for the bracket feet and then again for the gallery …

I’m Working On What Could Be the Coolest SketchUp Model Ever

I have begun a new SketchUp model that to date has been soooo difficult that I am encountering some of the head scratching I remember from my early days with this all-powerful 3D modeling program. For those who have not entered the world of SketchUp, check out this free software product here (ridiculous that it is free, but nobody tell SketchUp). And when I say the coolest SketchUp model ever, it could be; at least in my mind (see the image above). BUT, before we go there, let’s look at what SketchUp themselves called an “awesome model” which I recently completed… This IS an awesome model! https://t.co/ywjQnjqC5U — SketchUp (@SketchUp) October 22, 2016 And here is my recent accomplishment which SketchUp shows so much praise over… When I first saw Ron Layport’s hutch on the cover of Fine Woodworking, I was smitten – a striking design and all that beautiful curly maple (curly maple is my favorite wood). Wow. I remember thinking “I’ll never make this” – it is gigantic and the cost of all …