Basic Sketchup Tutorial - Ana White

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05-04-2014 12:11 PM

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Hey all,

Sketchup seems like an awesome tool for furniture design. I’ve read tons of blogs/posts that talk about the utility of the program, but every time I’ve tried to use it I get frustrated and give up. It’s a little intimidating and, at least for me, not very intuitive.

With a new baby in the house I’m doing a lot more sitting at the computer and a lot less making saw dust in the shop. I figured I’d capitalize on the down time and learn how to use Sketchup.

I found the Ana White tutorial through Google this AM, and have been pretty impressed with the basic explanation and step-by-step instructions for creating a basic book shelf. It has really helped me figure out how to use the basic commands in the program and get a feel for moving components around in the 3D environment.

Here’s the link in case anyone else is interested.

Also, I think it would be really cool to see if anyone has any other tutorials they’ve found that are particularly helpful.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 01:03 PM

I just went through Dave Richard’s tutorial ( and found it to be exceptionally well done and super helpful. Covers the basics, plus some outstanding tips for efficiency and simplicity.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 01:07 PM

Thanks I’ll have to scope that one out too!

-- Steve

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 04:39 PM

The Ana White site is really neat. Tons of useful info. I’m going to check out the sketchup tutorial. I’ve been frustrated as well. It may come down to how willing I am to get through the learning curve.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 06:30 PM

I can vouch for this ebook:

I read through that and was beyond the beginner stage in one afternoon. It’s also a great reference for when you forget how to do something.


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#5 posted 05-04-2014 07:19 PM

Thanks for the link

I have been so frustrated on trying Sketchup and just do not understand it. My brain damage does not help but I will watch the Video and see if that helps.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 07:36 PM

Ana is awesome. She has inspired many new woodworkers.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 07:50 PM

Lj’s is the easiest place to learn SU.
All you have to do is ask questions.
Best resource out there and nobody uses it. Smiley

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#8 posted 05-04-2014 07:52 PM

Just don’t forget that the tutorial will only get a person started. There is no substitute for sitting at the computer and putting hours of time into making worthless models for the sake of experimenting with the various tools.

Also, one of the best tools is the search engine. You can usually run a search on a specific question and find an answer.

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 01:33 AM

Glad to hear others found it useful as well. I’ve used it in the past and limped along, but never really felt like I knew what I was doing. Even after watching some youtube videos I still felt like a dummy.

For some reason the Ana White blog clicked and I’ve been experimenting with Sketchup all afternoon.

I totally agree JAAune, there’s not substitute for getting into a program and clicking around to get the hang of it.

-- Steve

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