Model a No. 72 Gustav Stickley
Bookcase with SketchUp

By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

This month I will show you a typical work flow for designing a bookcase with separate components capable of showing construction methods and complex joinery details. We will use the No. 72 Stickley Magazine Bookcase, designed by Harvey Ellis, as an example in this demonstration. If you are new to SketchUp, you will find the video links below will cover all the techniques described in this article. Even if you have used SketchUp before you will almost certainly learn a few useful tips or short cuts by watching. At the end of the article you will find a PDF containing detailed measurements and plan views that should be helpful when creating your model. You can either print this document on 8 1/2" x 11" paper or keep them open in a separate window to reference as needed. You can also download a copy of the model from the SketchUp 3D warehouse. And consider picking up a copy of Bob Lang's Woodworker's Guide to Google Sketchup, available at Highland Woodworking, for a start to finish education in how Google Sketchup can benefit you as a woodworker.


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Layout Final Image (click image to download a printable PDF)

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

Designing Dovetails & More Using 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 Sean was interviewed by Wood News in 2007.

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