Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #3: Baby steps, the blind leading the blind

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 07-19-2008 05:56 PM 2336 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally have my internet connection back!!!! Don’t realize how much you use it until it’s gone.

Learning Sketchup is no easy feat. I’m going to make the admission that I’m an not technically savvy and so this project is going to be taken in baby steps. Hopefully, those who are like me, technically challenged, will be able to learn from my little foray into the computer age. For those who are more technically able, perhaps this will provide some good fodder for jokes or water cooler talk! (I won’t be offended in the least if you post your jokes here—all us woodworkers should be able to laugh at one another.) They, whoever “they” are, say you can learn the program in an afternoon——- well fear not those who are like me,,,,, not everyone can—but we will learn.

Be it hereby known, I will not be defeated! I will learn how to use this program if it’s the very last thing I do! Now you have to hold me to it. :-)

But as always, any interjection of comments, questions, ideas etc or more than welcomed.

My very first HUGE tip is to go to this site: —- this is the man who wrote Google Sketchup for Dummies. The videos are very helpful.

I did buy his book and the book says there is a website that you can use—- but I went to the site and could not get it to work for me.

The Youtube videos help to explain what you read in the book.

By way of minor review – the book is ok—- but it is still more technical than I’m used to. I am very old school and some of the technical stuff is mind boogling. I’m not stupid, I just have a different way of thinking of things and I think you have to change your perspective a bit to get into the computer age. I’m working on that and perhaps working through this program will help me to do just that.

The first thing I see that I need to consider with Sketchup (in legalees—- “SU” from hereinafter) is that we are working in 3D—- with axises as our guide. In SU there are three “lines” or axises on the screen. Blue, red and green. You have to view these lines correctly in order to work the system. What makes it work for me is to imagine that the green and red lines (which are the ground) come together in a 90 degree corner. The blue line (which is up or vertical) connects at the red/green corner and goes up into the sky (into infinity and beyond). If I am physically standing up, the green line goes to the front of me on the ground and the red line would go to the right of me on the ground. The blue line would go up through my pretty little head (I jest) into the sky.

OK – before we get to far. One way that I think I need to change is that we need to use the terms that SU uses. So from now on those red, green and blue “lines” are “axis” (axises – plural). If you are going to be drug into the technical, computer world, might as well talk the talk. :-)

These axises are VERY important to understand. You have to pay attention the axis that you are working on in order to draw correctly.

OK—- the dog is ready at the groomers so this is all for now. In those famous words “I’ll be back.”

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 06:55 PM

Thanks Betsy!

I am creating a document of your continuous blog and the comments so I have a reference to help me as we learn it together.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 07:46 PM

I’m gonna follow this and maybe I can learn SU. I’m, so far, not the “AUTOCAD TYPE”. Seems learning a program is, maybe, not my cup of tea. ;-)
FYI – Merriam-Webster defines the plural for axis is axes.

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