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NH_Hermit

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02-24-2013 02:15 PM

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My wife’s wish list of things for me to build seems to be a continually stretch of my skills. This time she wants a sewing cabinet which will require some design work first, because she wants one that is a composite of several designs she’s found. So as to minimize mistakes and not waste the sapele she wants it made of it’s time to learn Sketchup.

I need some suggestions on not the easiest way, but the best way to learn this tool.

Popular Woodworking seems to be a viable option, but wanted to ask the forum before spending any time and/or money.

Thanks in advance, John

-- John from Horse Shoe


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woodworker15

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 02:19 PM

Look on YouTube there are a number of video,s there be sure and use “woodworking” in your search so you a better match.
Jim

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b2rtch

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 02:20 PM

I have tried several times , I even bought lessons and I am very computer literate yet I cannot figure Sketchup out. I want to learn it but I just can’t

-- Bert

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 02:21 PM

No advice, sorry.

I’ve thought about learning it several times. I’m not a pro at IT, but not a slouch either. (and now I hear that caddyshack line: Don’t sell yourself short, Judge! You’re a terrific slouch!) Couldn’t get over the hump.

In other words, good luck and let us know what you find that does the trick!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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TheDane

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 02:23 PM

John … I bought the Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp (Bob Lang / Popular Woodworking). It helped me a lot, and was a decent tutorial.

When you come up with that sewing cabinet design, send it to me … SWMBO wants one too! ;>}

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Francisco Luna

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 02:24 PM

john,
Have you seen all those buildings in 3d at google earth?
That could be a fun way for you to learn more about the program, all the building are being made for people like you and I. Yo can strat with a simple tower or water tank, and gradually get familiar with the program. it just crossed mym mind.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 02:28 PM

“I want to learn it but I just can’t”

First, erase that thought. As with everything you have learned to this point in your life, you can.

Most of the rest is just practice. I choose not to do sketch up as I think it’s too time consuming. I prefer a drawing on a piece of paper. However, if the person wants an idea of what it will look like, so be it. I just haven’t figured out how to depict live edges on there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Mark Davisson

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 02:30 PM

b2rtch, I admire you for coming out. I, too, am a sketchup failure.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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TheDane

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 02:34 PM

Monte makes a good point … some of the projects I have done in SketchUp just took too long, when I could have knocked the plans/drawings out a lot quicker at my drafting desk. The simpler stuff, I draw by hand … the more complicated stuff (e.g. hutch with a bunch of M&T joints) SketchUp helped me avoid some mistakes.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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kdc68

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 02:35 PM

NH_Hermit....Been thinking of learning it too. I have the free version and fiddle with it every now and then. It isn’t the complete version (of course because it’s free), but it kinda gives you the basics. I think this is the link I used to get the free version.

http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/index.html

I’m looking into this tutorial from Rockler’s. It is oversold at this time, but the price seems right

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=32127&site=ROCKLER&filter=google%20sketch%20up

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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MJCD

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 02:39 PM

Yes, I’ve been there.

The largest hurdle for me was that I was being stubborn & dense – and when I get this way, 2 + 2 is impossible for me to solve. Then I got angry at myself for being this way. Take you time; make a lot of mistakes; Take Your Time; make a lot more mistakes. I’m still horrible at S-U – I use it to get the rough 3-D proportions and general cut plan; also, to see where I may have parts interfering with each other. I Do Not try to get cute and ‘advanced’ with it – just the rough idea.

MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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Francisco Luna

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 02:40 PM

Honestly, AUTOCAD is WAY easier than Sketchup. Sketchup was created with the aim of making the 3D on Google earth, and they are still making money out of the program, but the program itself is a crap.

You can download the AUTOCAD Student version at Autodesk web site (Just tell you are an student…;)and practice from home. All Public Libraries have lots of manuals.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 02-24-2013 02:57 PM

Mark, may be we should start a club or a movement.
I have Asperger syndrome and I have a lot of problems to conceive in my mind abstract things and to synthesize things.
I believe that SU is mostly about theses two things.

-- Bert

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Matt Przybylski

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#13 posted 02-24-2013 04:05 PM

Don’t be discouraged. I used AutoCAD previously and while I was good at it I don’t agree with Francisco, it’s got a lot more of a learning curve that SU. I picked up SU fairly quickly but then again I’m a web developer so I don’t claim your timeline will be the same (I also dabbled in 3D Studio Max/Viz at the same time I was using AC). That being said, there are some really good sites online and like others mentioned YT videos for learning SU. You can start here:

http://sketchupforwoodworkers.com/index.html

Hope that helps.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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kdc68

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#14 posted 02-24-2013 04:31 PM

Matt – Thanks for the link

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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MJCD

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#15 posted 02-24-2013 05:09 PM

Matt:

Thanks for the Link. I learned AutoCad first, and did 3DSMax; as well.

I think AutoCad is an excellent tool; though, for me the learning curve was fairly long – having said that, I believe AC;s capabilities far exceed SU; though, I have not invested the same amount of time – I used to travel for a living, and had a lot of airplane and hotel time…).

The key is to find something that works for you – and, maybe that’s a pencil & paper.
MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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