The Power of Sketchup Program

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Project by SimonSKL posted 08-03-2009 05:24 PM 3012 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not exactly a woodworking project but somewhat related as I use the Google SketchUp program to do all my woodworking project designs and constructions. Instead of paper drawings I use my wireless laptop in the workshop to guide me during my project constructions.

I built this model of my own home as I was learning the program. Since I had spent so much time in building this model, I would consider this as one of my projects. You can see in one of the drawings my workshop (garage) and how I arrange my power tools. I just think Sketchup is one the greatest and free programs that I ever came across. The nice thing is any furniture that I built or going to build for the house, I can place it inside the room and see what it looks like from different angles.

Here is a picture on the front of the house

Thanks for looking!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 05:28 PM

i agree 100%

also, nice place!

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 05:42 PM

Great, now when I’m bored I’m going to be drawing my house in Sketchup. Thanks a lot! ;)

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

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 05:49 PM

Great job, sketchup is a wonderful program.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 05:59 PM

I was actually just looking for some free “sketching” software…Is this tool powerful enough to create “drawings” to take to a permits office? Say for a future garage?

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 06:06 PM

Craig, I don’t know what requirements a permit office will need on a drawing of a building. But if they want dimensions, elevations, color, materials, etc. All of them are available and can be shown on the drawing from this free program. It is also quite easy to learn, comparing to some commercial programs (e.g. Autocad) and there is all kinds of online help and discussion forums to help you. Good luck!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 06:35 PM

i agree. i’ve just been using it for woodworking and some few/small CAD needs here at school, but i cant imagine doing WW without it. it must be much more difficult in the planning stages.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 07:25 PM

thanks for the tip.

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 09:53 PM

Nice job, the couple times I’ve tried that Sketchup… well let’s just say it takes me longer to draw a project than it does to build. I couldn’t imagine trying to do the whole house.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 10:16 PM

I wish I had the skille on computer to be able to make this work out.well done you are a wiz at it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 10:26 PM

DaveR, I am humble in front of a true SketchUp master like you. I have a lot to learn about this program. Thanks for the comment.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 11:54 PM

Nice program!

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 01:11 AM

Nice work SimonSKL, I love this program and thanks to DaveR I have become more efficient and it doesn’t take me forever to sketch up a project. Nice home!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 09-10-2009 02:01 AM

Using the Google SketchUp is harder than wood working..

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#14 posted 10-11-2012 02:21 PM

I am an IT guy by trade and I can’t figure out sketchup. I think it’s because I just don’t want to. I do my plans the hard way, on my drafting table with pencil and paper


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#15 posted 01-01-2013 04:19 PM

Come on guys, Sketchup isn’t that hard. You just need to approach it from the right mindset. Check out my 10 tips every Sketchup modeler should know. this should get you going in the right direction.

-- I create Sketchup Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials at

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