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Forum topic by Tooldads_apprentice posted 09-27-2008 12:01 AM 1948 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2008 12:01 AM

I recently found out about google sketch Up. This program is definatly waorth downloading. It takes some getting used to. Also, make sure that you are watch the tutorials because it really helps out. If you want to design a project. Check this program out. I started with a simple wall shelf and it gets anoying sometimes but it is worth it in the end. Have you guys tried Sketch Up or are there other free programs like this out there. Let me Know!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#1 posted 09-27-2008 12:46 AM

SketchUp is the best! I have been using it for years in my architectural practice, but it adapts perfectly to designing woodwork projects. Make each piece of your project into a component as you develop the design. then you can isolate each of these in a separate scene (view>animate>scene), hiding the other parts of the model. It helps to put your dimensions on separate layers for each component so you can hide the ones that don’t apply. I use Sketchup Pro (the version you have to pay for), so some of these features may not be available in the free version, but you get the idea.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 09-27-2008 01:36 AM

Sketchup is the bomb! I used to use AutoCAD 2D and my wife could never visualize the piece as it would be in real life. When I started using Sketchup, that all changed. She loves it because we can visualize things better. I like it because I can model things that I need to get into the piece I am building and make sure that it will fit once everything is in place.

Number one in my book.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 09-27-2008 02:46 AM

Does anyone know how do do chamfered or coved corners in sketchup?

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#4 posted 09-27-2008 02:49 AM

Betsy did a super tutorial on Sketchup. You can read it here:

The entire blog can be downloaded here:


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 09-27-2008 03:50 AM

It’s well worth taking a look at for their forums. You will notice a few odd people there, unlike at any woodworking forum site…. ;-)

And the tutorials provided on the FWW site (by amongst others, DaveR) are generally excellently helpful.

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#6 posted 10-01-2008 01:13 PM

I try and post my Sketchup schtuff on their 3d warehouse – Chase this link for the plans for a Morris Chair, blanket box, etc…I think we need to share projects – You can’t teach experience,... but I try and take it from all of you.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 10-03-2008 04:17 AM

Those are nice, Schroeder… Having the cutlist plug in comes in extremely handy with such a detailed model. How does stile sanding jig work?

My sketchup stuff is nowhere near as nice. I would do well to learn how to put my files together nice like yours. How did you explode your models? The hard way?

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#8 posted 10-12-2008 01:16 AM

Thanks Slacker – yes, I explode them the hard way… The sanding jig has a small dowel that locks the arms and pinches the stile when you squeeze it together. This is the best method I’ve found for holding/sanding small repetative parts.


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 10:08 PM

Dave – I would love suggestions! I have no ego – am all aqbout learning something new/better!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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