Sketchup Tutorials #6: 4 new (old) tutorials

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 03-29-2008 05:38 AM 7622 reads 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve added a few of the tutorials that were originally on FWW. The contractual obligations have been met so I can post them here now.

Let me know if there are any sketchup operations that you are having problems with and I’ll create tutorials as I have time.

Shaker Knob

Associative dimensioning

Cabriolet leg


-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 06:45 AM

Very nice information on the tutorials. I’ve been playing with sketchup and you make it look very easy. I will have to practice to get half as smooth. Thanks for illustrating some of the features. I didn’t know about taking lines out of a piece.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 07:40 AM

Very nice! Thanks.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 11:29 AM

I can make a part and make it a component. I can make another part, and make it a component, too. I cannot for the life of me bring them together the way I want them to mate. Any help on that?

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 01:47 PM

Hi Bob;
—-really good to hear from you and see you posting!
How’s the weather treating you down their in Mass….? I still haven’t forgotten about the ‘old growth’ down your way, it’s just been kinda hard getting around in the ‘feet’s of snow this winter.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 02:54 PM

Thanks for sharing your Sjetchup expertise with everyone Bob. I have been following you work on FWW. Thanks again.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 05:37 PM

These are great tutorials Bob…everyone on here that struggles with understanding the basics of Sketchup should watch these!

Rikkor, what exactly or should I say how exactly are you wanting the two components to meet? Some kind of joinery? You should be able to create two groups..or components and just pick one and use the auto snap to connect it to the other component. Can you post a screen shot of what your trying to do?


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#7 posted 03-29-2008 05:45 PM

Thank you for the information and making it look so easy. I had given up on sketchup because I could not make much more than a box. You have motivated me to get it back “out” and try again. thank you.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#8 posted 03-29-2008 06:14 PM

Thanks Bob, very very helpful

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 03-29-2008 06:19 PM

You’re tutorials have been very valuable to me in learning Skethcup. I originally saw them on FWW and have used them in several projects I’ve done in Sketchup. Thanks!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 04-13-2008 03:20 AM

I think that is so cool I wish there was a course I could take.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#11 posted 04-15-2008 06:44 PM

Again, let me know if there are specifics I can help with. Either questions to answer or a tutorial I might add.

They do have courses but they are somewhat expensive and I don’t see many scheduled at the moment.

You might try local continuing education classes to see if they are doing some. I’m considering teaching one at our high school.

Don’t forget the tutorials for sketchup at
Video Tutorials
Number 3 “Previous Sketchup 5 Videos” cover the basics

Self Paced Tutorials – actual models with scenes to walk through at your own pace.

Make sure you also look at the additional resources links on the right side of the page. Users Guide, Quick reference card…etc..

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 04-23-2008 03:03 AM

In tune with challenges, how would you go about creating and duplicating shelves and the joinery?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 04-23-2008 04:39 AM

Hello sIKE,

It would depend somewhat on the joinery but the most common way would be to create the 1st shelf completely. The design intent for the shelf could be anything, a dado around the periphery, dowels, dovetails, whatever. Complete one shelf to its exact dimensions and then make a component of it. Move it into position and use the intersect with model approach to create the opposing joinery. Even easier would be to make all your copies and place them 1st and intersect them all at once. The joinery is a product of the intersection and all you need to do is either push/pull or remove the extraneous pieces. The box jpoint video above is a simplified version of the process.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 03-23-2009 01:55 AM

I’m just revisiting these, Bob. Thanks for posting them!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 07-18-2009 03:39 PM

Just a funny thought – - -

Can you make this in your shop?
Can you draw it in SketchUp?

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

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