All posts tagged: SketchUp

A New Woodworking Plan is Underway

When I was in high school, I worked at Riverchase Country Club in Hoover, Alabama. Caddy Shack was a popular movie then and I have to admit that I, along with some of my buddies from high school who also worked there, lived some moments which were similar to those seen in Caddy Shack. Slowly, over time, I was asked to do some minor graphic design work there. Some of the doodling I had done when work was slow caught the attention of the Club Manager. Eventually, I began making posters which promoted the monthly theme party the country club hosted. And thus, my interest in graphic design took hold. And, it is this interest that compels me to make the woodworking plans available here at my website. Presently, I am knee-deep in the process for making my 13th woodworking plan titled You Can Make The Jackson Dresser. At times I have trouble describing the furniture in my plans. For example, this dresser started out as a double dresser, but I added more drawers which …

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 …