3D Modeling with SketchUp

December 6, 2017 - March 7, 2018

Over the course of 12 weeks Alex, 6th grade, learned how to draw in 3D using a modeling program called SketchUp. Each session consisted of  2 hour meetings via Skype where he designed beginner woodworking projects that are low-cost, and made with readily available materials and a few basic power tools. On the weekends, with adult supervision, he measured, cut, and assembled each project using the instructions he created.

 

Session 4: Shelf

January 3, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

Materials:

  • (3) 1"x10"x6'

Cut List:

  • (2) 1"x10"x2'6" (steps 1&4)
  • (4) 1"x10"x3' (steps 2&3)*

*(The saw blade will take off approx. 1/8". It is ok if these are slightly shorter than 3', just make sure they are all the same length.)

1.) Shelf Frame

Form an L shape on the floor with a 2' 6" and 3' board.  Use drill to make three pilot holes on the end of the 2'6" board and screw  together using 1.5" screws.

Use a speed square to ensure right angle.

2.) Spacing

Measure and mark the edge of the 2'6" board with 10" increments. Line up each shelf on center with the mark. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle at the connection and screw together.

3.) Screw Shelves

Continue screwing on the remaining shelves with (3) 1.5" screws at each connection point.

4.) Complete Frame

Mark the remaining 2'6" board at 10" increments. Line up with the shelves using a speed square to ensure each is set at a right angle. Screw together to complete the shelf.

Dimensions: 2/6" H x 3' W, 9' 1/4" D


Session 5: Coffee Table

January 15, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

Materials:

  • (5) 2"x4"x8'  
  • (4) 1"x6"x8' 

Cut List:

  • (4) 2"x4"x1'4" (steps 1&2)
  • (4) 2"x4"x2' 3 1/2" (steps 1&2)
  • (2) 2"x4"x2' 6" (step 3)
  • (5) 1"x6"x2' (step 4)
  • (6) 1"x6"x2' 6" (step 5)

1.) Table Legs

Screw together a set of table legs.

Use 2 1/2" screws to attach a 2x4x2' 3 1/2" onto two leg boards. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle at the connection points. 

Flip the piece over and attach a second 2x4x2' 3 1/2" onto the bottom of the table legs.

2.) Repeat

Assemble a second set of table legs.

Repeat step 3 to make two identical table leg sets.

3.) Complete Frame

Use the remaining 2x4x2' 6" boards to complete the frame of the coffee table.

Attach 2x4x2'6" boards with 2 1/2" screws.

Use a speed square to ensure every connection point is a right angle.

4.) Bottom Shelf

Use  1x6x2' board to begin constructing the bottom shelf of the coffee table.

Place the first board on the edge of the table frame.

Drill a pilot hole and use 1 1/2" screws to attach each 1x6x2' board to the table frame.

Screw on the remaining of the 1x6x2' boards.

5.) Table Top

Drill pilot holes and use 1 1/2" screws to attach each 1x6x2' 6" board onto to the top of the table frame

Give the first 1x6x2' 6" board a slight overhang of 1 1/4".

Screw on the remaining 1x6x2' 6" boards.


Session 6: Coat Rack

January 24, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

MATERIALS:

  • (2) 5/4x8"x8'  
  • (4) coat hooks
  • 2" screws 

CUT LIST:

  • (2) 5/4"x8"x1' 5 1/2" (step 1)
  • (2) 5/4"x8"x2' 8" (steps 2&3)
  • (2) 5/4"x8"x9" (step 4)
  • (1) 5/4"x8"x2' 11 1/2" (step 5)

1.) sides

Take your 1' 5 1/2" pieces and mark them at 3" along the bottom and 4" on the side. Draw a line connecting the marks.

Use clamps to secure the board onto a work table and cut along the line using a jig saw. RECOMMENDED: Practice cutting along lines on scrap pieces before you attempt your final cuts.

2.) back

Take a 2' 8" length board and screw the side pieces onto both ends . Make sure to drill pilot holes into the side pieces before screwing together with (3) 2" screws on each side.

3.) shelf

Add the other 2' 8" piece on top of the back piece and screw together through the sides. 

 Add (3) 2" screws through the shelf into the back piece. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle.

Add (3) 2" screws through the shelf into the back piece. Use a speed square to ensure a right angle.

4.) Cubby Spacers

From either side of the shelf measure 10 1/2" inches to find the mid point of the cubby spacer. 

Use a speed square to ensure a right angle before screwing in cubby spacers. Screw together through the bottom of the shelf.

Each cubby unit should be 10" wide.

 Use (3) 2" screws for each 9" cubby spacers.

Use (3) 2" screws for each 9" cubby spacers.

5.) Top

Mark the 2' 11 1/2" piece at 3/4" on one side. This guide point will help you line up the top piece with a 3/4" overhang. Use a speed square when screwing to ensure a right angle at each connection point.

The top piece will hang over the sides 3/4" on each side.

Use (3) 2" screws at each connection point to screw the top piece onto the sides and cubby spacers.


Session 8: Desk

February 5, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST

Safety Equipment and Tools Required:

MATERIALS:

  • (3) 2x3x8' 
  • (2) 4x4x8' Spruce

CUT LIST:

  • (2) 2x3x2'6" (front/rear desk frame, step 1)
  • (4) 2x3x1'9" (interior frame, steps 1&3)
  • (2) 2x3x1'2" (leg bracing, will be used next week)
  • (4) 4x4x8' (legs, step 2)

1.) Frame

Create a rectangle by screwing together (2) 1'9" and (2) 2'6" length 2x3's. Use (2) 2 1/2" screws at each connection point. Use a speed square to ensure right angle.

2.) Legs

Use a clamp to secure 4x4 leg onto the 2x3 frame. Screw together using (3) 2 1/2" screws. 

Repeat process for each leg.

3.) Interior Frame

Use your remaining 1'9" boards to frame the interior of the desk.

 

Session 9: House Design 1

February 14, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST

SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS REQUIRED:

Materials:

 

Cut List:

  • (2) 2x10x112" PT
  • (2) 2x10x93" PT
  • (3) 4'x8'x3/4" PT 
  • (2) 4x4x10' (optional for skids)

 

Wall frame

(_) 2x4x8'

(_) 2x4x10'