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Blog entry by Lou posted 03-28-2007 11:42 PM 1811 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ive been getting some comments about sketchup and people wanting me to make a blog with some how to’s. i am a new user of sketchup, and it isn’t hard to use at all! the first thing i did on my credenza plans (that i posted in my projects list) was just make the 60×18’’ top that is 13/16’’ thick. i am a mac user, and i dont know if the pc version is any different, i assume it is the same though. on the top, there is a tool bar. you click the “rectangle” icon, and just pick a point and drag it to make a rectangle. to get the dimentions right, you type in the length and the width with a comma in between them. it should size it up to the size you type in. there is another icon “orbit” that you can click on to see your project at any angle you want, i use this constantly. to get the 13/16’’ thickness, you click on the “push, pull” icon, you click on the rectangle you already have, drag it the way you want it to go, and type in “13/16’’. now we have the top, to make the legs, i use the tapemeasure icon, and measure in 1’’ from each edge and it makes a dotted line that you can erase later. from the intersection of the dotted lines, i make a square with the rectangle icon, and click 2,2. that should make my legs two inches by two inches. i now use the push pull one to bring them out of the top 30’’. so now we have the top with four legs. i now just mostly use the rectangle, push pull, tapemeasure, and the orbit icons to do most of it. as you can see if your going along with me, that its easy. if you have any questions, comment me, or e-mail me, and i will answer them in a blog. thanks!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 04:23 AM

Thanks Louis

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 04:44 AM

I do compter modeling for the highway division and read in your blog about sketchup. It looked ideal for a home type drafting program. They also give you many hours of free use before it is time to buy. I thought …cool; until I looked up the price of $495!! Am I correct about the price? I don’t want to invest the time to learn Sketchup if I cannot afford the final product. Am I just cheap, what are you going to do when the free time runs out?

Ahh I just figured out that I had downloaded the “Pro” version! I will try again with the free version. My bad!

-- Bruce Ebling

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 06:18 AM

no problem, thanks for trying it!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#4 posted 06-14-2018 02:12 PM

Here is a link to a complete tutorial done by LJ member Betsy and former member Dave. It is in PDF format and collected over the course of creating a project-

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

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