My mom wants to put some potted flowers in her living room window. She found a few rustic sofa tables on Pinterest that she liked, but they were too big for the space.
I knew I’d have to scale things down, but it’s difficult to get the proportions right on paper. Enter SketchUp. 3D modeling is a great way to visualize a project before heading to the lumber yard.
How hard can it be?
I’ve never used SketchUp before. Always wanted to, but I figured there would be a huge learning curve and I didn’t want to mess around with it. I managed to crank out the above drawing after watching about 30 minutes worth of YouTube tutorials. It’s surprisingly easy to use.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, do yourself a favor: don’t use the web version (SketchUp Free) because you can’t use extensions with it. OpenCutList is an open source extension that produces cut lists and cutting diagrams for woodworking.
Instead, download SketchUp Make 2017, the last full version that you can install on your PC.
We chose red oak, which is readily available at hardwood dealers in our area. The aprons are joined by pocket screws and yellow wood glue. Legs are attached with metal brackets, screws, and more glue. The bottom shelf boards use countersunk screws covered by oak plugs. The top is held on with skirt washers to allow for expansion.
The finish consists of a 1-to-1 mix of:
- Boiled Linseed Oil
- Odorless Mineral Spirits
- Minwax Spar Urethane (satin)
This was my first time using this finish and I’m very happy with it. Goes on very smooth and doesn’t leave the wood looking like plastic.