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New Woodworking Plan: The Kirkland Bookcase

The spark needed to create a woodworking plan comes in various ways. My new plan, the Kirkland Bookcase, began with an email question about a related plan called the Kirkwood Bookcase. A reader asked a simple question which prompted me to critique one of the joints in Kirkwood. I felt the joint was effective, but concluded a different joint would be better. Instead of redesigning Kirkwood, I decided to create a new plan with a similar but different design. This was the spark which lead to the creation of the Kirkland. Even though I have downloaded many books to my iPad, I still buy printed books. Books with a lot of photos and where photos are important like a woodworking book, I’ll buy in printed form. A legal thriller like John Grisham’s The Firm, I’ll download to my iPad. I’ve been disappointed in the past with the quality of photos in books which I have purchased in digital form. Currently in our home, we are out of space in several of the bookcases we own. …

A Chest of Drawers Using SketchUp Match Photo

A while back, I saw an intriguing piece of furniture on Peter Follansbee’s website. It was a photo of a chest of drawers at a museum somewhere, can’t remember where (see it here). I thought enough of the design that I began creating it in SketchUp. I did not have any dimensions of the original. “No problem,” I thought; I’ll just draw a quick, basic version of it on graph paper, determine the overall dimensions which look right; then create a close representation of it in SketchUp. But, I then lost interest in this idea. Fortunately Peter built a version of the chest of drawers (hereafter referred as “COD”) and in one of his construction blog posts, he gave it’s rough dimensions. After Peter finished building it, I remembered a seldom used feature in SketchUp called “Match Photo.” I wondered if I could use Match Photo to create an accurate model. With a photo of the finished COD and the dimensions, Match Photo should be able to help me make a model, or could it …

Thoughts on the Fireside Chat

First, I can’t tell you how cool it is to open my YouTube app and see a SketchUp video with my name and photo on it. Sort of bizarre. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I participated in SketchUp’s 2021 3D Basecamp Fireside Chat series. This is basically an online version of their annual user conference. The thought of me speaking at a SketchUp user conference feels like a dream. Like how could they want me to present at such an event? Below is the YouTube video (it took me a moment or two to catch on to their game)… In this video, I was asked to show how I obtain realistic wood materials for my SketchUp models. Over the years of using SketchUp, I have found good images for a variety of species of wood. Everything from pine to figured walnut. Materials you just can’t find in the standard assortment of materials native to SketchUp. If you want some of the same materials I use, watch the video. I show how to …