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10-04-2012 01:27 AM

So I have resisted the idea of trying to learn Sketch up. However my upcoming commercial job will require us to build 10 work stations 6’ by 3’ by 4’ tall with 3 sides, a desk top and a ‘check writing’ top portion. The build will be rather simple, however the contractor wants me to forward my shop drawings to them before I begin cutting. I can draw some of the nicest kitchens in Cabinet planner, which by the way is very simple to use and works great, but I doubt I can draw these work stations with enough detail unless I use sketch up. So I need to learn quickly. The drawing will not be overly complex but any pointers I can get will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Jerry

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 01:42 AM

Look no further than

I have used their tutorials for a few programs. (Adobe PS and Illustrator, SketchUp and ACAD)

I know others will come in and say ‘Go to YT, its free, you just have to look for it, etc… Let me just suggest you don’t waste your time. I started out with the above mentioned programs, a whole library of books and it still wasn’t clicking. A friend turned me on to and I started out with the PS tutorials. WOOOOOOWW, I learned more in the first 5 videos than I had in hours of online reading / video watching.

Hope it helps.

P.S. Have a peek at the SketchUcation forums as well...

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 02:59 AM

Thanks hamburglar. I will look over

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 03:07 AM

Not that I am not into the whole ‘learning’ thing, actually I look forward to picking up some sketchup skills and hope to incorporate it into some of my future drawings. But I have never been all that fond of learning curves in during jobs which I have had many. This should not be that bad though. Thanks

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 11:19 AM

Another good resource is the set of tutorials by Chiefwoodworker

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 03:15 PM

I concur with Tootles. I struggled with SU until I did the Chiefwoodworker tutorials and after that it was a lot easier and I was much more productive.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 03:31 PM

People still write checks?

Chiefwoodworker is a good resource.
Also Design.Click.Build over at Fine Woodworking

I’ve often referred to Aidan Chopra’s Sketchup for Dummies book

And, if you finally go sketchup, you can impress your contractor by including cutlists/layouts using my plugin Cutlist which is available here

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 04:03 PM

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find getting started with SU to be a bit of a struggle if you’ve come from another CAD program (until I tried SU, my only CAD experience was with AutoCAD). For me, leaping from 2D to 3D was probably the biggest problem, but only because I wasn’t used to modeling in three dimensions.

However, I found that once you get the basics down, the rest is very intuitive. There are a plethora of plugins you can get to improve productivity and expand SU’s capabilities. I use it now for just about every project I undertake.

One plugin that I cannot recommend enough is daltxguy’s Cutlist. It’s saved me more than once from not buying enough lumber at the mill.

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 04:39 PM

I bought this guide from FWW, authored by Tim Killan. Great ebook, easy to follow.

I come from 3D modeling CAD software so it was a bit of a change for me. I’ve done extensive work with ProEngineer, IDEAS (unigraphics), and a little SolidWorks. Sketchup is not a true 3D modeling program, but simulates it pretty well. SU uses surfaces to create what look like 3D shapes. Once I mentally set aside my engineer hat with all the technical details of the aforementioned programs, I learned SU really quick. In a couple hours I was able to work through the first half of the ebook and get to the point that I can create pretty complex SU parts. Read the sections about scenes and layers – very helpful to maintain sanity when navigating your models.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 09:00 PM

I like this site:

I’ve tried to watch the Chiefwoodworker tutorials, but they don’t really start at the beginning, whereas this site actually starts at the beginning and gives you a good overview of Sketchup first.


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