• SketchUp: The Best Tool For Mouldings – Making A Window Cornice

    This week's project is a window cornice for my guest bedroom. That particular room only has one window so ...

    This week's project is a window cornice for my guest bedroom. That particular room only has one window so I chose it to experiment with. I'm not exactly sure if I will like the concept of the end prod ...

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  • SketchUp – Pocket Hole Corner Cabinet

    In an attempt to reduce my growing pile of scrap wood I decided to throw together a quick corner cabinet. ...

    In an attempt to reduce my growing pile of scrap wood I decided to throw together a quick corner cabinet. The cabinet itself is a quick pocket hole design with two shelves. I suppose you could just ca ...

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  • SketchUp: An Exercise In Visualization – Table Saw Clutter Shelf

    I've realized that I have a problem. A clutter problem. I have a bad habit of cluttering the right side o ...

    I've realized that I have a problem. A clutter problem. I have a bad habit of cluttering the right side of my table saw with anything and everything while I'm working at the table saw. A month or so a ...

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  • SketchUp – Making Cabinets

    Warning: This is a really long video. Near the end I started making a few mistakes but honestly it's pret ...

    Warning: This is a really long video. Near the end I started making a few mistakes but honestly it's pretty difficult to talk for a half hour straight! It is for me anyway. This video was made due to ...

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  • SketchUp: 2×4 Half Lap Bar Stools

    I've previously made a few bar stools but they are a little too tall to use in my home. I have a 36" bar ...

    I've previously made a few bar stools but they are a little too tall to use in my home. I have a 36" bar so I need 24" bar stools. I also wanted to change the design a little so that the entire projec ...

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  • SketchUp: Lumber Rack

    I'd like to somehow show my thanks to those who follow my content on this website so this week you get th ...

    I'd like to somehow show my thanks to those who follow my content on this website so this week you get the SketchUp video before the rest of my YouTube subscribers. Everyone else on YouTube will see i ...

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  • SketchUp: 4″ PVC Dust Collection Blast Gates

    My primary use of SketchUp is to help design and visualize a project before I even make the first bit of ...

    My primary use of SketchUp is to help design and visualize a project before I even make the first bit of sawdust. However, in this case I really didn't need SketchUp to make any preliminary designs. I ...

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  • SketchUp: Dust Collection Pipe Hanger Brackets

    This is a pretty straight forward bracket design. And with the use of SketchUp I can get a really accurat ...

    This is a pretty straight forward bracket design. And with the use of SketchUp I can get a really accurate curve to accept a 4" PVC pipe. I designed these brackets to take place of the plastic strappi ...

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  • SketchUp: Mortise and Tenon

    The mortise and tenon joint is one of the most common joints in fine woodworking. Making it in SketchUp i ...

    The mortise and tenon joint is one of the most common joints in fine woodworking. Making it in SketchUp is quite easy. Like all other joints it can be accomplished in many ways. You an make a mortise ...

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  • SketchUp: Sliding Dovetails

    A sliding dovetail is a strong joint for preventing movement in one direction. It can be created with eas ...

    A sliding dovetail is a strong joint for preventing movement in one direction. It can be created with ease in SketchUp. You can get creative with how you want to make your sliding dovetails. Like ever ...

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  • SketchUp: Dovetails

    I've probably made a dozen or so dovetail joints in my lifetime. Not one of them was actually in the shop ...

    I've probably made a dozen or so dovetail joints in my lifetime. Not one of them was actually in the shop. I've only made dovetails in SketchUp. I suppose I'm slacking in my woodworking journey but oh ...

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  • SketchUp: Box Joints

    In the woodworking world box joints are my favorite looking joint. I like simple lines and box joints are ...

    In the woodworking world box joints are my favorite looking joint. I like simple lines and box joints are nothing but simple lines. Box joints are very easy to create in SketchUp. You can make a box j ...

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  • SketchUp: Dados

    Dados are a common joint in woodworking. Making them in SketchUp is incredibly easy. You basically just n ...

    Dados are a common joint in woodworking. Making them in SketchUp is incredibly easy. You basically just need to have to parallel lines. There are several ways to have parallel lines in SketchUp. Once ...

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  • SketchUp: Rabbets

    Remember that Rabbets refer to woodworking. Rabbits refer to those fuzzy animals that most dogs like to c ...

    Remember that Rabbets refer to woodworking. Rabbits refer to those fuzzy animals that most dogs like to chase. Creating rabbets in SketchUp is incredibly easy. The easiest way to create a rabbet in Sk ...

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  • SketchUp: Half Lap Joint

    The half lap joint is one of my favorites in woodworking construction. It's has a big, bold appearance an ...

    The half lap joint is one of my favorites in woodworking construction. It's has a big, bold appearance and is incredibly strong. Creating them in SketchUp is pretty easy. When making a half lap joint ...

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  • SketchUp: Miter Joint

    A miter joint is easy to make in SketchUp. As always there are several ways to end up at the same destina ...

    A miter joint is easy to make in SketchUp. As always there are several ways to end up at the same destination in SketchUp. I will show you one method in the video. I like to draw my object first and t ...

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  • SketchUp: Keyboard Shortcuts

    Using keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time in SketchUp. Believe it or not the motion of going to ...

    Using keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time in SketchUp. Believe it or not the motion of going to the toolbar and back to the model can add up to some serious time if you use SketchUp to desig ...

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  • SketchUp: Never Draw What You Can Copy

    Never draw what you can copy. This is true in all CAD programs. It's a time saving tip that I use all the ...

    Never draw what you can copy. This is true in all CAD programs. It's a time saving tip that I use all the time. If something is already drawn to the exact measurements you wish to use again there is n ...

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  • SketchUp: Object Snaps

    Virtually every tool in SketchUp can take advantage of object snaps. These are reference points that allo ...

    Virtually every tool in SketchUp can take advantage of object snaps. These are reference points that allow you to specifically select an exact point in the model without dealing with dimensions. I sug ...

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  • SketchUp: Text or Leader Tool

    The text or leader tool in SketchUp is used to create notes as needed in the model. By default there is n ...

    The text or leader tool in SketchUp is used to create notes as needed in the model. By default there is no keyboard shortcut for this tool. The way to activate it is by using the toolbar button or sel ...

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  • SketchUp: Protractor Tool

    The protractor tool is very similar to the tape measure tool in that it allows you to add a guideline. Th ...

    The protractor tool is very similar to the tape measure tool in that it allows you to add a guideline. This guideline will be at an angle you specify though. This is very handy for lining up items as ...

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  • SketchUp: Dimension Tool

    The dimension tool allows you to place on screen dimensions between any two points. By default SketchUp d ...

    The dimension tool allows you to place on screen dimensions between any two points. By default SketchUp does not have a keyboard shortcut for the dimension tool. I recommend setting a keyboard shortcu ...

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  • SketchUp: Tape Measure Tool

    The tape measure tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut T) is a very handy tool to use. It can be used to me ...

    The tape measure tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut T) is a very handy tool to use. It can be used to measure distances between two points or, the only reason I use it, to create guidelines for you t ...

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  • SketchUp: Offset Tool

    The offset tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut F) is used to duplicate a perimeter with the spacing speci ...

    The offset tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut F) is used to duplicate a perimeter with the spacing specified. This tool can not be used with components. It is only used in model space when drawing. T ...

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  • SketchUp: Scale Tool

    The scale tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut S) allows you to quickly and accurately change overall dime ...

    The scale tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut S) allows you to quickly and accurately change overall dimensions of shapes. With an item selected you can activate the scale tool to scale that object. Y ...

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  • SketchUp: Follow Me Tool

    The follow me tool in SketchUp is a real time saver. For molding or routing it's definitely a time saver. ...

    The follow me tool in SketchUp is a real time saver. For molding or routing it's definitely a time saver. You can use it to add material or remove material. You need two things in order for the follow ...

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  • SketchUp: Rotate Tool

    The rotate tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut Q) is used to easily rotate and copy items. First select t ...

    The rotate tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut Q) is used to easily rotate and copy items. First select the item you wish to copy and activate the rotate command. You will then see a protractor on you ...

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  • SketchUp: Push Pull Tool

    The first step in creating any 3D object in SketchUp is to create an enclosed 2d object. By enclosed I me ...

    The first step in creating any 3D object in SketchUp is to create an enclosed 2d object. By enclosed I mean a shape that has a perimeter and an area. That creates a shape with a face. Every flat face ...

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  • SketchUp: Move Tool

    The move tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut M) will allow you to move objects quickly and easily. You ca ...

    The move tool in SketchUp (keyboard shortcut M) will allow you to move objects quickly and easily. You can also copy and rotate objects with the move tool. The easiest way to move an object is to sele ...

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  • SketchUp: Drawing Tool Set: Rectangle, Line, Circle, Arc, Polygon, Freehand

    The first step in making anything in SketchUp is to actually draw it out. To do so you must use one of th ...

    The first step in making anything in SketchUp is to actually draw it out. To do so you must use one of the six drawing tools in SketchUp. The rectangle (keyboard shortcut R) is used to obviously make ...

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  • SketchUp: Switching Units

    SketchUp allows the use of imperial or metric units. Switching between them is easy. Go to Window in the ...

    SketchUp allows the use of imperial or metric units. Switching between them is easy. Go to Window in the menu at the top and select Model Info. When the Model Info dialogue box appears select units fr ...

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  • SketchUp: 2D CAD Drawings

    You can easily make 2D orthographic CAD drawings in SketchUp. CAD drawings typically do not have perspect ...

    You can easily make 2D orthographic CAD drawings in SketchUp. CAD drawings typically do not have perspective camera angles so we first need to switch the camera angle to parallel projection. Go to Cam ...

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  • SketchUp: 3D Text

    You can easily draw 3D text in SketchUp. Go to Tools in the menu at the top and select 3D Text near the b ...

    You can easily draw 3D text in SketchUp. Go to Tools in the menu at the top and select 3D Text near the bottom. In the Make 3D Text dialogue box that pops up you can enter the text you wish to use. Fr ...

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  • SketchUp: Inserting Images

    Inserting images in SketchUp is extremely easy. Go to File in the menu at the top and select import. From ...

    Inserting images in SketchUp is extremely easy. Go to File in the menu at the top and select import. From the Open dialogue box navigate to the image that you wan to import to your model. SketchUp all ...

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  • SketchUp: Components Vs. Groups

    I honestly don't know a single advantage of using the Group function in SketchUp. When working with my mo ...

    I honestly don't know a single advantage of using the Group function in SketchUp. When working with my model I always make components and not groups. Components share a relationship between copies whi ...

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  • SketchUp: Layers

    layers are incredibly handy when it comes to adding dimensions with multiple scenes in SketchUp. Typicall ...

    layers are incredibly handy when it comes to adding dimensions with multiple scenes in SketchUp. Typically, for every scene I add another layer for the dimensions and annotations. This way you can tur ...

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  • SketchUp: Scenes

    In SketchUp, a good way to think of scenes is to think of different camera angles. In each scene you have ...

    In SketchUp, a good way to think of scenes is to think of different camera angles. In each scene you have the ability to turn on or off the visiblity of different layers. To create scenes go to Window ...

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  • SketchUp: Entity Info

    The Entity Info dialogue box can be found by either clicking on Window in the menu at the top of the scre ...

    The Entity Info dialogue box can be found by either clicking on Window in the menu at the top of the screen or right clicking on any entity in your model and selecting Entity Info. Entity info does ju ...

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  • SketchUp: Model Info

    In the Window menu at the top of the screen in SketchUp is Model Info. This window allows you to change s ...

    In the Window menu at the top of the screen in SketchUp is Model Info. This window allows you to change several settings in SketchUp that directly affect the current model you are working on. These ar ...

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  • SketchUp: Navigate

    Navigating a model in SketchUp can be done by either various view tools, your mouse and keyboard, or by s ...

    Navigating a model in SketchUp can be done by either various view tools, your mouse and keyboard, or by selecting a standard view on the views toolbar. The orbit tool button allows you to click and dr ...

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  • SketchUp: Make Your First Component

    No matter what you make in SketchUp you will go through pretty much the same process. You draw the 2D sha ...

    No matter what you make in SketchUp you will go through pretty much the same process. You draw the 2D shape first, push/pull it to the 3D size you want, remove any other details, and then make it a co ...

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  • SketchUp: Familiarize Yourself With SketchUp

    When you open up SketchUp for the first time you will be presented with a dialogue box asking you what te ...

    When you open up SketchUp for the first time you will be presented with a dialogue box asking you what template you want to use. In that list is a Woodworking Inches or a Woodworking Metric template. ...

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  • SketchUp: Paint Bucket Tool

    SketchUp's paint bucket tool is used to alter the appearance of faces in your model. By default you have ...

    SketchUp's paint bucket tool is used to alter the appearance of faces in your model. By default you have several options such as colors, texture overlays, and some transparent designs such as fences. ...

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  • SketchUp: Make Component Tool

    SketchUp's make component tool turns a bunch of entities in model space into a single component. For exam ...

    SketchUp's make component tool turns a bunch of entities in model space into a single component. For example, picture a block of wood in your shop. As a single block of wood it is a component. But you ...

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  • SketchUp: Selection Tool

    In this video I talk about the selection tool and a few things you may not know regarding it. For example ...

    In this video I talk about the selection tool and a few things you may not know regarding it. For example making a selection box from left to right is a "selection window". This means that anything 10 ...

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  • SketchUp: Toilet Cabinet

    My wife wants a cabinet for storage to go above her toilet. I have seen these designs at the big box stor ...

    My wife wants a cabinet for storage to go above her toilet. I have seen these designs at the big box stores but they always look like cheap particle board junk. This design will be mostly resawn 2x4s ...

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  • SketchUp: Half Lap 2×4 Dining Chair

    This is going to be built as a prototype. If I like it I will make a set for my home. Hope you enjoy! ...

    This is going to be built as a prototype. If I like it I will make a set for my home. Hope you enjoy! ...

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  • SketchUp: Curtain Rod Shelf

    This is a quick and easy design of a curtain rod shelf. I will show you how to chamfer edges by changing ...

    This is a quick and easy design of a curtain rod shelf. I will show you how to chamfer edges by changing the shapes instead of cutting material. Also, we can find out how large of a window this design ...

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  • SketchUp: Sofa Table

    This weeks project is a relatively easy sofa table. It will be built out of pine and pine plywood. The le ...

    This weeks project is a relatively easy sofa table. It will be built out of pine and pine plywood. The legs will be tapered on 2 sides. There will also be a mortised shelf in the legs. Two spacious dr ...

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  • SketchUp: Easy Bookcase

    This week's project is a simple, small sized bookcase. It will have three adjustable shelves. There isn't ...

    This week's project is a simple, small sized bookcase. It will have three adjustable shelves. There isn't any thing difficult to this project. Neither in SketchUp nor in the shop. The main thing to ga ...

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