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Dovetails in SketchUp — the Easy Way

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Recently I got the opportunity to create the SketchUp model and plans for the North Bennet Street School Toolbox featured in the video workshop series by Matt Wajda. There are a bunch of dovetails in this project which makes it a challenge in the shop. In SketchUp, with the right tools, they’re a walk in the park. In this video I’ll show you how I cut the dovetails in the case and the dovetails for the back of the drawers.

Now of course you can layout and draw dovetails manually. It’s more like cutting them by hand in the shop. To save myself time, I used the WWX Dovetails extension from Wudworx. I also used Trim and Keep from Jim Foltz which has to be one of my most favorite plugins. Admittedly it only works in the Pro version of SketchUp but it saves huge amounts of time. I use it for every mortise in every project and for many other tasks. In this video, I use it to cut the tails on the drawer sides because it’s fast and saves a little work on the half socket located just above the drawer bottom.

–Dave

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Drawing an Inlay Pattern in SketchUp

When I drew the SketchUp model for Kevin Rodel’s Arts and Crafts-Inspired Bed for the printed and digital plans, I found most of the bed was pretty straightforward. The poppy inlays on the head and foot boards offered a little challenge, though. It’s actually not difficult to draw if you are making up the design as you go but I had to make my drawing match dimensions that were provided by the author. Along with the dimensions I was given a copy of his pencil sketches. If the sketches had been drawn accurately, I could have probably traced them. Kevin drew them to suit his needs so they did the job for him but weren’t suitable for tracing in SketchUp.

In the attached video I’ll show you how I drew the curves for the center section and then I’ll draw the poppy. Later in the process of creating the plans, I did get a photo of one of the poppies so I wound up redrawing it by tracing the photo. Fortunately I made the original poppy a component so it was a simple matter of replacing the old geometry with the new and the change was propagated throughout the model.

I did some layout for the curved center section prior to starting the video so that the drawing process would be more continuous. I’ll admit this makes the drawing space a little cluttered. In practice, I generally don’t lay in quite so many guides before I start drawing. I also have a keyboard shortcut for Edit>Delete Guides.

To draw the most of the curves I’m using the Classic Bezier Curve tool from the Bezier Spline extension which is available in the Sketchucation Extension Store.

–Dave

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Design – FineWoodworkingBreadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2Shaker Classic, 2 WaysDuncan Gowdy’s Illustrative Carving

http://ftr.fivefilters.org/makefulltextfeed.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.finewoodworking.com%2Fcategory%2Fdesign%2Ffeed&max=5 Expert advice on woodworking and furniture making, with thousands of how-to videos, step-by-step articles, project plans, photo galleries, tool reviews, blogs, and more http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 http://www.finewoodworking.com/?p=228249 <img src=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/26052903/killen.jpg” alt=”Article Image”/><p>In <a href=”http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/12/23/sink-teeth-cutting-board”>my last blog</a>, I showed the first phase of constructing the Cutting Board for an undermount kitchen sink. I showed the development of the two main components, the center section and the two breadboard ends. In this blog, I finalize the construction by creating the joinery.</p><p>There are many advantages to having breadboards in an application like this, but it also complicates the joinery. The breadboard grain direction is at right angles to the mid section, therefore creating a cross-grain issue with wood movement. The breadboard ends must allow expansion and contraction of the center section, otherwise it will create cracks. To allow this relative movement, the breadboards are not glued full length, rather fastened with screws (in this case) that can adjust within slots, rather than tight shank holes. I glue in the center tenon only.</p> <p>Here is the exploded model (in back edges format) showing the detail joinery.</p> <p><img class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-228250″ src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-700×516.png” alt=”Exploded” width=”700″ height=”516″ srcset=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-700×516.png 700w, http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-768×566.png 768w, http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded.png 948w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px”/></p> <p>The following video shows the detail joinery to allow this flexibility and relative movement of the components.</p> <p><iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dMH-zKqr7uk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””>[embedded content]</iframe></p> <p>Tim    @KillenWOOD</p> <div class=”article__cta fww-newsletter” readability=”31.5″> <div class=”article__cta__form” readability=”33″> <p class=”article__cta__heading”>Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox</p> <span class=”js-close article__cta__close”>×</span></div> </div> <p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:29:22 +0000 Tim Killen article Breadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2 – FineWoodworking Tim finishes up the model for his cutting board by adding attractive and functional breadboard ends http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14150310/Exploded-thumb-16×9.png summary_large_image Tim finishes up the model for his cutting board by adding attractive and functional breadboard ends Breadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2 – FineWoodworking http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14150310/Exploded-thumb-16×9.png @KillenWOOD en-US text/html http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 Design http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways http://beta.finewoodworking.com/2010/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways <img src=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2010/01/18124317/Shaker-Classic-2-Ways-wp2.jpg” alt=”Article Image”/><p>These two Shaker tables are of basically the same design, with one major difference. The simple decision of whether to make tapered square legs or turned ones alters the whole feel of the table. The rest of the construction is standard mortise-and-tenon joinery, a dovetailed top rail, and a dovetailed drawer. 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Design – FineWoodworkingBreadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2Shaker Classic, 2 WaysDuncan Gowdy’s Illustrative Carving

http://ftr.fivefilters.org/makefulltextfeed.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fftr.fivefilters.org%2Fmakefulltextfeed.php%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.finewoodworking.com%252Fcategory%252Fdesign%252Ffeed%26max%3D5&max=5 Expert advice on woodworking and furniture making, with thousands of how-to videos, step-by-step articles, project plans, photo galleries, tool reviews, blogs, and more http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 http://www.finewoodworking.com/?p=228249 <img src=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/26052903/killen.jpg” alt=”Article Image”/><p>In <a href=”http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/12/23/sink-teeth-cutting-board”>my last blog</a>, I showed the first phase of constructing the Cutting Board for an undermount kitchen sink. I showed the development of the two main components, the center section and the two breadboard ends. In this blog, I finalize the construction by creating the joinery.</p><p>There are many advantages to having breadboards in an application like this, but it also complicates the joinery. The breadboard grain direction is at right angles to the mid section, therefore creating a cross-grain issue with wood movement. The breadboard ends must allow expansion and contraction of the center section, otherwise it will create cracks. To allow this relative movement, the breadboards are not glued full length, rather fastened with screws (in this case) that can adjust within slots, rather than tight shank holes. I glue in the center tenon only.</p> <p>Here is the exploded model (in back edges format) showing the detail joinery.</p> <p><img class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-228250″ src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-700×516.png” alt=”Exploded” width=”700″ height=”516″ srcset=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-700×516.png 700w, http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded-768×566.png 768w, http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14145908/Exploded.png 948w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px”/></p> <p>The following video shows the detail joinery to allow this flexibility and relative movement of the components.</p> <p><iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dMH-zKqr7uk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””>[embedded content]</iframe></p> <p>Tim    @KillenWOOD</p> <div class=”article__cta fww-newsletter” readability=”31.5″> <div class=”article__cta__form” readability=”33″> <p class=”article__cta__heading”>Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox</p> <span class=”js-close article__cta__close”>×</span></div> </div> <p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:29:22 +0000 Tim Killen article Breadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2 – FineWoodworking Tim finishes up the model for his cutting board by adding attractive and functional breadboard ends http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14150310/Exploded-thumb-16×9.png summary_large_image Tim finishes up the model for his cutting board by adding attractive and functional breadboard ends Breadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2 – FineWoodworking http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2017/01/14150310/Exploded-thumb-16×9.png @KillenWOOD en-US text/html http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/26/breadboard-ends-sketchup-cutting-board-part-2 Design http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways http://beta.finewoodworking.com/2010/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways <img src=”http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2010/01/18124317/Shaker-Classic-2-Ways-wp2.jpg” alt=”Article Image”/><p>These two Shaker tables are of basically the same design, with one major difference. The simple decision of whether to make tapered square legs or turned ones alters the whole feel of the table. The rest of the construction is standard mortise-and-tenon joinery, a dovetailed top rail, and a dovetailed drawer. A simple tapering jig makes quick work of the square legs, while the turned ones require a lathe and add a bit more of a challenge.</p><p>From <em>Fine Woodworking</em> #210</p> <div class=”article__cta fww-newsletter” readability=”31.5″> <div class=”article__cta__form” readability=”33″> <p class=”article__cta__heading”>Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox</p> <span class=”js-close article__cta__close”>×</span></div> </div> <a class=”button__pdf-download” data-ga-event=”PDF Download” href=”http://www.finewoodworking.com/membership/pdf/9512/011210030.pdf” target=”_blank”>View PDF</a> <div class=”store-project__plan”><img class=”store-project__plan__image” src=”http://www.finewoodworking.com/app/uploads/uploadedimages/fine_woodworking_network/image_resources/in-house_ads/Project_Plans_th.jpg”/><div class=”store-project__plan__copy”> <div class=”store-project__plan__text” readability=”32.5″> <h5 class=”store-project__plan__heading”>Get the Full-Size Plan</h5> <div class=”store-project__plan__blurb” readability=”10″> <p>Digital plans, a cutlist, and a SketchUp drawing for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.</p> </div> </div> <a class=”store-project__plan__action” href=”http://www.tauntonstore.com/two-classic-shaker-tables-011269.html” target=”_blank”>Buy The Plan</a></div> </div> <p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 04:00:00 +0000 Christian Becksvoort article Shaker Classic, 2 Ways – FineWoodworking Change the legs to change the look of this classic piece http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2010/01/18124317/Shaker-Classic-2-Ways-wp2.jpg summary_large_image Change the legs to change the look of this classic piece Shaker Classic, 2 Ways – FineWoodworking http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2010/01/18124317/Shaker-Classic-2-Ways-wp2.jpg en-US text/html http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/01/01/shaker-classic-2-ways Design Tables Shaker Tables – Side http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/12/14/duncan-gowdys-illustrative-carving http://www.finewoodworking.com/?p=227418 <p><em>[unable to retrieve full-text content]</em></p><p><em>[unable to retrieve full-text content]</em></p><p><em>[unable to retrieve full-text content]</em></p><p><em>[unable to retrieve full-text content]</em></p>Part furniture maker, part illustrator, Duncan Gowdy’s carvings are a signature that makes his work unique Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:49:03 +0000 article Duncan Gowdy’s Illustrative Carving – FineWoodworking Part furniture maker, part illustrator, Duncan Gowdy’s carvings are a signature that makes his work unique http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/12/14/duncan-gowdys-illustrative-carving http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2016/12/14104802/gowdy.jpg summary_large_image Part furniture maker, part illustrator, Duncan Gowdy’s carvings are a signature that makes his work unique Duncan Gowdy’s Illustrative Carving – FineWoodworking http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/2016/12/14104802/gowdy.jpg en-US text/html http://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/12/14/duncan-gowdys-illustrative-carving Carving Design

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Breadboard ends in SketchUp – Cutting Board Part 2

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In my last blog, I showed the first phase of constructing the Cutting Board for an undermount kitchen sink. I showed the development of the two main components – the center section and the two breadboard ends. In this blog, I finalize the construction by creating the joinery.

There are many advantages to having breadboards in an application like this, but this complicates the joinery. The breadboard grain direction is at right angles to the mid section, therefore creating a cross-grain issue with wood movement. The breadboard ends must allow expansion and contraction of the center section, otherwise creating cracks. To allow this relative movement, the breadboards are not glued full length, rather fastened with screws (in this case) that can adjust within slots, rather than tight shank holes. I glue in the center tenon only.

Here is the exploded model (in back edges format) showing the detail joinery.

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The following video shows the detail joinery to allow this flexibility and relative movement of the components.

Tim    @KillenWOOD

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Shaker Classic, 2 Ways

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These two Shaker tables are of basically the same design, with one major difference. The simple decision of whether to make tapered square legs or turned ones alters the whole feel of the table. The rest of the construction is standard mortise-and-tenon joinery, a dovetailed top rail, and a dovetailed drawer. A simple tapering jig makes quick work of the square legs, while the turned ones require a lathe and add a bit more of a challenge.

From Fine Woodworking #210

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How to Turn a Shaker Leg on a Lathe

Anissa Kapsales, Cari Delahanty

Originally published Dec 16, 2009

Learn how to turn Shaker-style leg that’s perfect for a cherry side table. (Find out how to build a table that matches this leg in Christian Becksvoort’s article Shaker Classic, 2 Ways.)

Turning this leg could be a bit of a challenge for a novice, but the techniques are pretty basic.

There are a few points to keep in mind:

  • The transition where the square top turns round
  • The ¼ -in.-wide ring just under that, the maximum diameter
  • The gentle taper down to the bottom of the leg

Going from the square top portion to the round at a 90° angle is a little tricky, since a false move can knock off the corners.

First, measure and mark the transition location on all four sides of the leg. Then begin turning with a ½ -in. gouge as close to that point as possible.

Next, with a diamond-point scraper held on edge, carefully cut in at 90°.

Move the tool straight in to slice and clean up the shoulders, cutting in just deep enough to form a round. Now clean up the round ring to about 1-1/4 in. dia. Just under that, cut in another 1⁄8 in. to reduce the diameter.

Mark down 5 in. and cut a thin line at the maximum diameter (1¼ in.). Then use the diamond-point tool to cut to the bottom. To form the swell taper, I use a gouge and turn from below the transition ring to the max point, then taper gently to the bottom.

Finish with sand paper and 0000 steel wool. Add a light bevel at the bottom. On all the legs (tapered and turned), I break square corners with P220-grit sandpaper.

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Free Furniture Plans from the Pages of Fine Woodworking

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Our collection of six free woodworking plans offers a variety of furniture articles from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine—from coffee tables and beds, to a classic six-board chest, and even a dedicated sharpening station for hand tool enthusiasts—you’re sure to find a woodworking project that inspires.

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The Coolest Cutting Board Ever?

Scott Lewis

Lets face it: if you’re an accomplished woodworker, a cutting board isn’t exactly the most exciting of projects to produce. That is unless you’re Canadian craftsman Scott Lewis. Lewis—who also moonlights as a video producer—constructs a large cutting board adorned with beautiful intersecting curves of contrasting woods in this self-produced video.

By combining a router, bearing guided bits, and a bandsaw, Lewis is able to pull off a head-scratching design with relative ease. If you’re in search of a bit of woodworking inspiration, look no further. You’ve found it right here.

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For even more inspiring woodworking video, be sure to check out Lewis’ piece on Incredible Bendable Wood.

(source for the 3/4 in. fluting bit used to make the finger grips)

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