First Sketchup model

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Blog entry by Alongiron posted 05-01-2013 03:06 AM 1771 reads 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to share with you all that I have been working on learning the techniques and tricks of Sketchup. I followed the directions from this training website:

From watching these tutorials, I was able to make this model of a new bathroom vanity that I will be building in the near future for our 1/2 bath off of my newly remodeled kitchen.

I also have attached a screen shot from my laptop of the software

Here is detail that by following the techniques from the tutorial can be easily made.

I do have to admit that I have been an AutoCAD user for many years with my work but I had never really taken the time to learn sketchup..the free addition…but after a couple of days, I have become pretty good at it.

I would like to hear from you, your thoughts on this software..good or bad



-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 03:20 AM

Nice pictures. Thanks so much for the website. I am dabbling too, but am not nearly as far along as you. Nice stuff.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Don Butler

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 11:21 AM

Among many helpful sites, I strongly recommend a visit to this site:

There you’ll find some useful and sometimes surprising help with this excellent software.
Yes for the free edition, too.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 11:27 AM

Don and James..Thanks for that information…lots of good stuff!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 11:49 AM

Thanks for this post. I have not had the courage to try Sketchup yet, but it’s on the list.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 11:58 AM

Sketchup is awesome. All my projects start there, unless they start on a napkin because I’m not home. I even use the Cutlist plugin to generate a shopping list, and use the cutlist printout to kit up and manage the project as well. I’d played with it for house design and the like, but it wasn’t until I found the site referenced in the OP, that it fell into place as a woodworker’s tool.

-- Don

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 08:29 PM

I have been trying to learn Sketchup for quite some time. My progress is almost nil. There is something I am missing or it has just been too long since I was in school. I don’t know what I am going to need to ever learn it. Thanks for that new link though, Steve. I’ll give it a look see.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#7 posted 05-03-2013 03:45 AM

Call me old fashion, I took machical drawing and blueprint reading for two year ,before computers and I can still draw it out faster than what I can on the computer. Lots of the stuff I build I do without a print ( Using my brain )

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#8 posted 07-18-2013 03:52 AM

I’m looking at this and saying to self “holy crap… his FIRST SU drawing…” Then at the end he lets the cat out of the bag – Auto-cad for years!

I dabble with it, but am not proficient at it at all. Come to think of it – the same goes for my woodworking too!

-- Harold

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