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Project by Muzhik posted 04-01-2007 11:22 AM 4778 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally downloaded and started playing with Sketchup yesterday. It was time to actually draw out my ideas for the next big project. I’ve been promising my wife a new bed for years, and have had design ideas in mind for almost as long.

The free version of the program comes with a pretty informative “tutorial” in the form of startup tips. After reading that and a little practice it becomes pretty intuitive. If you haven’t explored it yet, I highly recommend it. It’s kind of fun!

I’m still having trouble with curves, and haven’t figured out an easy way to render chamfers yet. But I figure if I can’t draw them with the program, I can make them when I do this bed for real.

Now I just have to finish up my workbench and I can get started on the bed! Then comes a dresser… then nightstands… I see some more Sketchup time in my future!

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#1 posted 04-01-2007 11:39 AM

oh!!! read the tips!! That’s the trick, is it?? !!

You’ve done a great job here.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-01-2007 02:06 PM

Read instructions? That’s unheard of! LOL. ;^) It is a great tool for designing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 04-01-2007 03:53 PM

Nice design! Looks like you figured out the curves pretty well for the top of the headboard…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 04-01-2007 04:55 PM

Nice bed….something my wife has benn asking about as well.

I need to ask Martin again about posting video tutorials here. I just completed one for a cabriolet leg. Organic forms are more difficult, but not impossible in Sketchup.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 04-01-2007 04:57 PM

Nice job Muz. And you did that in just your first day with sketch up? Wow!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 04-01-2007 05:28 PM

You must have some previous experience with CAD drawing to be this good.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-01-2007 06:01 PM

You can download a bezier curve plugin by clicking on this link

Unzip it. Copy it to your Sketchup Plugins folder. and restart. It should be in your draw tools.

Other plugins here…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 04-01-2007 06:06 PM

I just took the plunge and installed it. Hopefully, I will get to play with it some tonight.

Any other plug-ins folks would recommend?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 04-01-2007 06:27 PM

I tried to “Sketchup” a Thorsen table and it din’t work out, so I just stole the “Sketxhup pictures… Neiner,neiner,neiner !!!

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#10 posted 04-01-2007 06:51 PM

Looks good, but you should try to find a texture that is going horizontal for the rails.

Here are some texture sites…/directory.php

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 04-01-2007 07:14 PM

Thanks for all the links, gizmodyne! I’ll have to check them out when I can. I’ve been playing with this thing way too much this weekend already.

Dick, I did take a couple of AutoCAD classes in high school and college, but I haven’t touched it in at least 10 years now. Still, experience is experience, I guess. It’s probably making the learning curve a little less drastic for me.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 04-01-2007 08:56 PM

You guys are killing me with all your advanced computer skills. I am glad you posted the Sketchup drawing, the story was encouraging, and thanks to gizmo for the links.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 04-02-2007 12:16 AM

im a user of sketchup too, and its great! its a awsome tool to use for making up plans, and helps with a bill of materials!

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

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 10:21 PM

True men don’t read manuals or instructions… lol, maybe that’s why I have not yet mastered sketchup… hmmm, tutorials tonight…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 05-18-2012 12:03 AM

Great bed. I really love the design. Simple and elegant lines.

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