I am often asked “How do I create my own components library?”. This post will explain in detail. After reading this post and watching the video, you might also want to see a related blog called Creating a Library of Moldings & Trim. Location of Component Folders Components are stored in the Components libraries accessed […]
Joe Zeh, an accomplished lifelong woodworker, is an electrical engineer with more than 35 years experience in the computer and graphics industry, ranging from computer design to executive management. He retired as Vice President & General Manager, Desktop Graphics Development at ATI Technologies Inc, now acquired by AMD.
Joe was introduced to SketchUp when he read a Fine Woodworking article titled ‘A Quick Course in SketchUp’ by Tim Killen in December of 2007. He immediately dropped the other 3D drawing applications he used to model his furniture. By mid- 2008 Joe was writing SketchUp tutorials and teaching live courses in his home.
While SketchUp was ideally suited for woodworkers, it lacked a few features; but it had an applications programming interface (API) using the Ruby language. Joe set about learning Ruby and began to plug those holes. Shortly after Joe was introduced to Greg through one of Greg’s students. He began teaching SketchUp at Greg’s New England School of Architectural Woodworking (NESAW). That partnership was the beginning of CutList Bridge and CabWriter.
Joe continues to teach SketchUp both in video and live courses. He recently published a book titled SketchUp – A Design Guide for Woodworkers. He offers free SketchUp plans and help on his blog.
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CabWriter 2.0 will be released before the end of July. We are working on an extensive user’s guide to be completed soon after that. In the mean time, we will be releasing parts of that guide in stand alone PDF format, so you will have that information as quickly as possible. With the CabWriter 2.0.0 […]
Many of you are familiar with our SketchUp extension called CabWriter. If not, you might want to visit our CabWriter website. CabWriter is a parameter driven CAD tool for drawing kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, vanities, tool cabinet etc.. It also produces the cut lists, drawings and DXF files necessary to build the cabinets either by […]
CabWriter 2.0.0 is nearing its introduction this summer. Beta testers have been busy using it, reporting bugs and helping to define its new capabilities. We thought it time to let non-beta testers in on some of the upcoming features in in CabWriter 2.0.0. CabWriter Software, LLC is officially announcing today that anyone who purchases a CabWriter 1.0.0 license or higher between now and the release of CabWriter 2.0.0, will receive a free upgrade license to the equivalent 2.0.0 license.
A CabWriter user wrote and asked how to integrate three cabinets into one cabinet, at least in appearance. The center cabinet of three boxes flanked with two single box cabinets designed as wine storage. The Edit Story Stick tool is used to accomplish this.
CabWriter is equally capable of drawing pure frameless or hybrid designs as face frame designs. The latter was used in the nine part CabWriter Comprehensive tutorial series. I am planning to redo CabWriter Comprehensive using the Frameless style. In this post I provide a link to a model of each style and invite you to give me input for planning the CabWriter Comprehensive Frameless series of videos.
In this post I will show you how to create a diagonal end cabinet by starting with the standard base box. I demonstrate the use of several CabWriter tools that support customizing. In addition I provide 10 strategies for minimizing the amount of work required.
We demonstrate how to create the scenes necessary for your shop drawings as well as finish construction of the walls and show you a few features of the Construct Walls tool.
Learn how to use CabWriter’s editing tools to recover from mistakes and other problems that crop up during the drawing process.
Clean up! That part of a modeling project where you eliminate necessary parts, customize some parts, add parts that are missing (e.g. shelves), lengthen or shorten parts, add custom parts to the CabWriter cabinets or any other editing necessary to complete the model.