All posts tagged: SketchUp

Changes for SketchUp Pro 2019

hortly after SketchUp announced their updates for SketchUp Pro 2019, I began thinking about the impact to the woodworking community. Then a few emails arrived from readers and I talked to others about the 2019 update. One thing is clear: SketchUp Pro is increasingly useful only for professionals. The weekend woodworker who happens to like creating furniture designs in SketchUp Pro will find the 2019 pricing plan hard to justify over the long run. Is SketchUp Pro 2019 Viable for Weekend Woodworkers? First, SketchUp has become a suite of products. Long time users will remember that the free version of SketchUp provided much of what a woodworker needed in a desktop 3D modeling solution. The only other option was the Pro version which added solid tools, (among other features) for SketchUp Pro and included two additional programs; a documentation product called Layout and a way to add illustrative looks to your model via Style Builder. There is a saying that all good things come to an end, which isn’t always true, but it is with …

The Gustave Side Table – Making Page 22

I have said virtually nothing here about my next woodworking plan which is titled You Can Make the Gustave Side Table. This table is designed in what I call “Craftsman Lite” and the plan name is derived from Gustav Stickley’s first name. Mr. Stickley is best known as a chief force behind the American Craftsman movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. According to Wikipedia, Stickley’s business name in 1898 was Gustave Stickley Company. Since this spelling of his first name was unusual, I decided to use it for this plan. While preparing for this woodworking plan, I came to the decision that attempting multiple illustrations at a high level (trying to be more like what is seen in woodworking magazines) simply isn’t necessary. And, in a way such illustrations can be confusing; all the color and lines – I have come to realize that simple is best. But, even creating simple images can be a little complex. In fact, for You Can Make the Gustave Side Table, I have created more than 130 …

Designing Furniture In SketchUp

was leading a workshop on SketchUp at the Alabama Woodworkers Guild and talking about a model I created from a photo. One of the guys spoke up and said, “You did that just from a photo?” This lead to a few questions about how to actually design in SketchUp with minimal initial information. Recently, I received a request from a woodworker to design a dining room sideboard, again with only a little information and I thought I’d document my process. Two Photos This design started as a conversation over dinner. I met with a woodworker from Huntsville, Alabama and he surprised me with a request to design a sideboard. He had seen a design I had developed and posted at my Instagram account. Then, there was a photo he and his wife liked. The two images… Matt’s Shaker Sideboard was what they liked the most, but they liked the middle drawer arrangement of my Telluride Dresser design possibly flanked by a door on each side. Right away, I began putting together a design which had …