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07-11-2014 01:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup

It’s all about the design, baby, and doing it on the computer is the best way. I make my case in my latest blog post, “Why You NEED to learn SketchUp!” found here.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 01:46 PM

A lot of others telling me what I “NEED” lately.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 01:49 PM

Why don’t you “Post” it here?

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 01:57 PM

You really like the power of that word NEED. :)

Anyhow, one of your better blogs. Especially well linked and referenced, It doesn’t just tell you that you “NEED” it, it did a great job of being a demonstration of how it can help, and how one can find their first tutorials.


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#4 posted 07-11-2014 02:45 PM


I need help with Skech up, so I enjoyed your post.

Some commentators really NEED to relax.

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 02:45 PM

When “need” is used in a sentence it’s like being told “now” both of which don’t work well with me. Kind of like a couple auctioneers in my area advertising on auctionzip then in the details just putting a link to their site. Is it really that hard to copy and paste or is it a lack of respect for the people browsing a site that they like. When the link thing is done I quit going to their auctions.

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#6 posted 07-11-2014 03:50 PM

I’m waiting on voice recognition sketchup. It’ll be a while. I’m in no hurry.

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#7 posted 07-11-2014 04:05 PM

I prefer smustard on my hot dogs, and I’m sticking with it no matter what anyone says!

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 04:17 PM

I always wanted to learn SketchUp. Is there a free down load somewhere?

Also since the Bombing in the Middle East I have brain damage and wonder if it is easy to understand?

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 04:23 PM

Gee, how did they ever manage to make anything before there were computers?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#10 posted 07-11-2014 04:31 PM

Arlin, go to the Sketchup homepage click the download button and select that you will use it for personal projects. That allows you to download the free Sketchup Make program.

Is it easy to understand? Depends. I find it very easy and intuitive, with a short learning curve. Others seem to really struggle with it. I suppose it depends on someone’s computer & drafting experience and overall spatial comprehension. Some people are good at visualizing spatial relationships and others aren’t. Those that are, I’ve found can relate better to the 2D screen showing a 3D modeled object. I have a couple friends locally that are better woodworkers than me that just cannot “get” SU, even though they are very computer savvy.

Because I found SU easy to use, I tend to use it a lot to help planning projects. I can do it faster in SU than on paper and then have the ability to easily make tweaks. It really helps when looking at proportions and joinery. For someone else, it may not be worth the amount of time struggling with the program if they have enough experience to visualize a project for themselves.

The point of showing clients a project is very valid. Just watch any home renovation program where they use CAD modeling to show someone what their house will look like once the project is done and the reactions. Personally, I find it surprising that there are that many people that cannot see past what is already there, but it’s reality.

I’ve used SU to plan store remodels at work and it never ceases to amaze me how showing a computer rendering really advances some people’s understanding of the overall project and potential problems—and these are people with quite a bit of experience in store planning and renovation.

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#11 posted 07-11-2014 04:36 PM

Bob , They used to use Pencil , Paper and Eraser. They actully taught that stuff in School when I was growing up. But then almost all the Jr High and High Schools had Woodworking Shop Classes as well back then , now they have almost all been turned in to Computer Labs.
But I have installed SketchUp and can use it good enough to get my ideas to where I can see them in 3D and print them for refrence in the shop.

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#12 posted 07-11-2014 04:47 PM

Computers are sort of like women. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. I have a whole list of software that I would like to learn right now, including sketchup. One of these days maybe I’ll find the time.

I belong to a site that teaches all sorts of software and I love it. I’ve taken a good many courses there and I like their teaching method. I just checked and they have about 6 courses for various versions of sketchup. I’m putting it on my list.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 07-11-2014 04:54 PM

I need to stop reading your posts about now.

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#14 posted 07-11-2014 05:00 PM

I grew up learning drafting as a pencil and paper affair, and I am glad I learned that skill. However, Sketchup is much faster to create detailed plans, that can be easily changed. When I hand sketch a drawing, it tends to be conceptual. I call it a block drawing, and all the big elements are there, but none of the details. I even use Sketchup for my block drawings now. Just rough shapes to get an idea of scale and proportions.
Then I start a new file based on those dimensions and make a detailed plan.
Detail is the key for me. Once I have those plans, I am set to build the piece without any guesswork.

Where are you getting your wood grain images from?

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#15 posted 07-11-2014 05:23 PM

I have tried the Design.Click.Build site and don’t find it as easy as

Just another place to try if one method isn’t making it click.

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