Back to the Basics:
Woodworking and Joinery
with SketchUp

By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

We are departing this month from the project based article to go over some of the basic techniques you should know for modeling your woodworking projects with SketchUp. We will begin by dimensioning a piece of wood, then move on to a number of often used woodworking joints. Below you will find a video glossary that consists of video links that explain in detail each one of the tools listed. Simply click on the highlighted term to access the video.

VIDEO GLOSSARY 



Creating a Basic Board with a Dadoe



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Creating Through and Wedged Tenons

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Making a Dovetailed Drawer Box with a Raised Panel Drawer Front

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A Simple Cabinet Door

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I know some of the projects we cover in this column may seem a bit daunting. Hopefully the projects described in this article are suited for those of you who would like to try SketchUp, but have not had much experience with it. We will return to our project based format next month. Please feel free to write to me at my e-mail with any comments or suggestions. See you next month.



Previous Wood News articles on using free SketchUp design software:

SketchUp: 3D Modeling for Woodworkers

Creating Turned Models with SketchUp, Part 1

Creating Turned Models with SketchUp, Part 2

Using SketchUp to Design Your Workshop

3-D Furniture Design Using SketchUp, Part 1

3-D Furniture Design Using SketchUp, Part 2

Build a Toolbox: From SketchUp to CNC Machine

Take SketchUp to the Next Level with Ruby Plugins

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp, Part 1

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp, Part 2

Designing a Work Bench with SketchUp

Designing a Draftsman's Table with SketchUp

Designing an Arts and Crafts style Mantle clock with Sketchup



Sean Headrick, a former Atlantan once seen frequently at Highland Woodworking, now lives in San Jose, California where he does woodworking and design. His website is www.headrickdesigngroup.com. Sean was interviewed by Wood News in 2007.


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