TheTimberTailorRapid City, SD, US
The beveled mirror in this cherry surround and overmantle slides up effortlessly with a counterweight to reveal the TV screen hidden behind it.
Question: What do each of these carpentry disciplines have in common; millwork, windows, cabinets, doors and stairs? Answer: In the not-to-distant past, each of these tasks was performed on-site by highly skilled carpenters. New applications of digital capabilities assure more change is inevitable as shown here with CNC fabrication of complex roof-framing assemblies.
Accurate wall layout and construction are key to building this sturdy shed project. Get insight into basic wall framing layout and assembly procedures using a SketchUp shed model to understand how plates, studs, headers and cripples become the supporting structure for the roof, siding, door and window.
Layout considerations begin before the first board is cut or fastener is driven. Beginning with the end in mind will assure optimal results for your shed project.
Being a step ahead in building a simple shed can help speed up the process. A SketchUp model can give you that step ahead by clarifying the planning, parts and procedure for a very basic yet functional backyard shed.
Finish building 100 stackable sawhorses to complete your Introduction to 3D modeling and graddduate with a degree that's worth exactly what you paid.
For an apprentice, building a set of sawhorses is a great way to learn use of basic tools to mark, measure and cut. It can teach a 3D modeller equally worthwhile skills. On "Day Two" of this three part series, learn how to make angled legs for simple sawhorses. (Sorry, I inserted the wrong video link when this post first went public. The correct "Day Two" video is linked now)
Are you intimidated by 3D modelling? Get past your initial hesitation and frustration by beginning with some basics. Begin your 3D apprenticeship by building a hundred horses.
Deck stair layout is simple, right? Probably right, unless it's the first time you've tackled the task. With numerous "stair calculators" available, figuring rise and run dimensions is easy. Applying those dimensions is another matter. Watch this tutorial to see how to layout a basic set of deck stairs.
Octagonal roofs are always a focal point. Whether used as a unique architectural feature for a sun or breakfast room or an attractive gazebo, their unique shape draws attention. Explore this framing model to see components required to create this novel roof shape.
A New Year's resolution to learn how to use SketchUp for tackling project plans and design might be just the motivation needed to make your future a little less sketchy.
Quick! what's 137-13/16" divided by 11? What is 3-17/64" times 19? What is 1/7th of 51-9/16"? What is the volume of a cylinder 21-1/2" in diameter and 43-5/8" tall? Get your very own VISUAL CONSTRUCTION CALCULATOR by visiting The Digital Jobsite to find answers like these and many, many more!
Explore framing complexities that result when roofs of two different pitches intersect. A SketchUp model helps clarify how various rafters and framing components are assembled in an "off angle" hip and valley configuration.
The best way to work on small, detailed parts in SketchUp models it to Super-size them. This video shows how to eliminate frustration when drawing small, detailed parts.
What wall gets an accent color? Where should a contrasting stripe go? What color combination works best in a space? Use SketchUp for quick answers to these important questions before dipping a brush.
Dog days of summer prompt this whitetail deer to seek a cool, shady spot to oversee operations in my home shop.
This video series shows how an unrefined 3D SketchUp model will help get quick answers to design and dimension questions.
When it comes to tools and shops its not what you got but how you use it.
Chiroptophobia is a fear of bats. While I'm not afraid of bats, this video is just the sort of thing that could push me over the edge into becoming chiroptophobic... so beware!
Measuring a modeled hip roof is a foolproof way to measure all the rafters for a complete hip roof. This third of 3 parts shows the process to obtain perfect measurements for rafter layout.
Modeling hip roof framing components in the digital realm is comparable in complexity to cutting hip rafters on a jobsite. In either case, an understanding of roof geometry along with a handful of helpful hints makes for satisfying results. This tutorial will help de-mystify the process for modeling rafters with SketchUp
Visualizing the relatively complex geometry of a hip rafter can be difficult. Visualizing a hip rafter in a 3D SketchUp model is easy and confirms the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words". This blog post is an attempt to demystify hip rafter geometry by visualizing it with SketchUp's digital capabilities.
If you want to take advantage of the many features offered by switching to a digital design format check out this tutorial for some insight into ways SketchUp can SpeedUp the process.
With an infinite number of design possibilities for inlay designs, consider this method for working through the planning process. Take advantage of the Rotate Tool at the Digital Jobsite to layout any configuration that comes to mind
When figuring concrete for bidding or pouring it's important to get a reliable volume amount. Use SketchUp to do your "mud math" for confident results when you call for that big white truck...
Using SketchUp as a visual calculator can simplify rafter layout for intersecting roof planes. While common rafter layout is fairly quick and straightforward using a framing square and construction calculator watch this video to see how easy it is to layout a non-typical rafter.
With the challenges of setbacks, easements, drainage planning, and other code compliance issues, it's important to get the location for a structure properly on the lot. Google's free 3-D modeling software has some features that make drawing a plot plan a snap.
SketchUp can be a useful option for layout and planning for cutting rafters. Check out this process for doing the math and see if it fits into your "bag-o-tricks" for carpentry or design projects.
See how importing digital photos into SketchUp can jump-start the design process and aid bidding and selling your next built-in cabinet project.
Sometimes a little bit of "bling" is just what a 3D model needs to get it from good to great. This post goes through steps to guide you through the process I use to create realistic, custom light fixture components to enhance models and impress clients.
In Quick and Slick: Crown Moulding with SketchUp I mentioned showing how to use SketchUp to figure in-depth information for specific crown moulding profiles. This session of The Digital Jobsite shows just that: import your crown profile with the Photo Match feature, extrude it (using methods from the Quick and Slick blog post) then calculate compound miter settings for any corner angle. Note: This is a rather complex, in-depth process, not for the faint of heart...
At first blush a digital 3D model can be intimidating and seem useless. With a little insight, however, a digital format offers some clear advantages over the tried and true models many of us have created over the years with nothing more than cardboard, tape and a utility knife. Watch the two video tutorials below for some insight into the advantages SketchUp has to offer...
Just when you think you've seen it all something like this comes along and... and you get a cramp in your neck from shaking your head... and wonder "WHAT" were they thinking?
Forget all the "cut upside-down and backwards" stuff you've learned about installing crown molding. On The Digital Job Site with SketchUp and the "Follow Me" tool even a novice can get perfect 3D installation every time!
How often to we head off to work without a concern of how tools, materials and supplies are loaded? For me its too often but these photos are a reminder to consider the consequences.
Considering all the whiz-bang capabilities SketchUp has to offer, it's easy to overlook how helpful it can be for basic tasks. This episode shows how to calculate accurate (extremely precise, actually) square-up dimensions for any type of layout work with the "Cliculator".
The staircase model created in the Stairmathter blog post gets filled in with more details and components to calculate meaningful dimensions for code compliance and finish features
Create a digital layout using jobsite dimensions and let SketchUp do the math to calculate cutting dimensions and angles for stair stringers accounting for finish floor thicknesses and other pertinent information.
No, digitile is not a typo for digital, its just my (lame?) title for using digital tools to layout, plan, and quantity of materials for a recent floor tile project. Here I give a brief overview of the process I used... see what you think.
Thinking of building a new fence once the ground thaws? Get a head start on the project by working out the design with a SketchUp model by using some of the drawing methods from this 3-part video tutorial.
It's breaktime, you're hot, you're tired and the call for beverages goes out. Looks like they sent the wrong guy this time!
With the roof configuration approved, the next step is to create a window component to add to the studio model. Using Silverline brand window schematic dimension as a guide, a realistic window model is created. This provides an opportunity to decide what, where and how many windows to use.
Everything seems normal enough on this bridge construction site until...
If there was ever a project to demonstrate the usefulness and versatility of SketchUp, it is Pat's Studio/Workshop design process. Follow along and learn ways to work through design issues on that project you have been putting off for so long...
Learn how simple and useful it is to take advantage of a vast selection of components available free online to enhance your SketchUp model.
Truss Failure Recipe: Take one truss package, and install hastily on Friday; add one weekend, and whip with high winds; Serve up to builder's risk insurance company
Here's a quick and trouble free way to repair a vent pipe roof flashing when the rubber seal part has failed from UV damage. Sure beats tearing out the whole flashing!
This Digital Jobsite session shows some ideas for using an "outline" method and SketchUp's "follow me" tool to create profiled millwork in an exterior door component for the shed model.
These two video clips demonstrate how simple it is to make changes to an existing SketchUp model with the help of the Section Plane tool.
This series of video clips demonstrates techniques to lay out and draw common rafters using a "layout plane" method to simplify the process.
These short video clips show how you can quickly create a 3D model of a simple framed structure. See how to use some basic SketchUp functions and features to plan a project.
Like waking up from a nightmare, there is relief in wrapping up this rebuilding project.
The part of the Crawlspace Nightmare that I wish wasn't real after waking up.
After the initial shock of finding so much deterioration of the wood in this crawlspace, its time to plan repairs.
Remodeler Matt Jackson introduces SketchUp — the easy-to-use free 3D drawing software from Google — as a great tool for planning and selling small construction projects.
I admit I was caught off guard on this one. Usually I can tell when I'm about to open up a proverbial can of worms, but not this time. My current client asked me simply enough to...