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How to Develop a Piece of Furniture in SketchUp

CHAPTER NINE of my Fine Woodworking eBook ” SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers” steps through the modeling process of  the Chamfered Post Table. This table, made in about 1700, is one of the pieces in the “Furniture Treasury” by Wallace Nutting. The title of Chapter Nine is “How to Begin and Develop a Piece of Furniture” – that is, in SketchUp. However, it is also a good example for beginning and developing the actual construction work used in the workshop. I find this duality of process steps often in my furniture work. How I attack the work of SketchUp modeling, is very likely a general procedure also used in the shop. Therefore, SketchUp can be a good rehearsal for actions with real tools and lumber.

My book illustrated detailed steps with still pictures and text – sans videos. So below, I’ve started a series of videos of modeling this table. I’m not sure at this point, how many videos that will take. This first stage below develops the main structure – legs (or posts), stretchers, sides, and back. There is no joinery yet – that comes later.

One of the key messages in this modeling approach supports a recommendation by Dave Richards and me – create components within the context of the whole assembly. This saves time and improves quality.

My Book Cover showing a later style table also developed in the book
The Chamfered Post Table
The Exploded View
The status after completing this first phase of modeling



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Published at Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:56:47 +0000