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Forum topic by edwood1975 posted 12-11-2014 01:36 AM 778 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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edwood1975

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12-11-2014 01:36 AM

Hi All,

I have decided to enter the world of software woodworking, I want to make a plan of attack so I figured that I would combine my too hobbies of woodworking and computers.

I have never used designing software before so I am wondering if any of you have used this Sketchup 2015 before and I just re;aised that this is there newest release and what you think of it as a woodworking software.. it seems a little geared for construction and civil planning..

Any tips, suggestion or general feedback most welcome!!!

I dowloaded this primaraily because its free..

-- Ed


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lateralus819

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 02:12 AM

I use sketchup ALL the time. I think it is a killer tool for free.

It does take time to get used to but i love it!

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 02:25 AM

I use sketchup a lot and really like it. You also can’t beat the price.

it seems a little geared for construction and civil planning..

It’s actually very versatile. It works great to plan out joinery, anticipate and avoid problems and take a look at proportions before committing to a design on a piece. The more you use Sketchup, the more you will realize it is able to do. I’ve found that if I can imagine it, there is a way to draw it in SU. You don’t have to let the program dictate your imagination.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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NoThanks

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 02:29 AM

I love using Sketchup myself.
I draw everything I build to scale, then break each pc down and put dimensions to it.
If you make all your pcs right then it has to go together as planned, as long as you draw the project correctly.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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lateralus819

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 02:34 AM

I agree with JayT. I usually use it to get something from my head to something visual. Dimensions especially. Ill also use it to add things i might want to incorporate to see if i will like them. It’s worth learning how to use it.

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#5 posted 12-11-2014 02:35 AM

I’ve been using it for a few years now (free version) and have found it invaluable for overall design and layout of joinery especially mortise & tenon. It’s east to print out schematics with labeled measurements and take them out to the shop. If you run a laptop, you can make changes on the fly and check for discrepancies.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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NoThanks

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 02:35 AM

Another example:

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 02:57 AM

I’ve used SketchUp since the early days. As far as I’m concerned, its the only one worth learning. (They ALL have a learning curve.)

SketchUp does everything you need to do, and lots more.

And you can’t beat the price.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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lateralus819

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#8 posted 12-11-2014 03:06 AM

How do you guys do your drawings? I always draw the next part starting from the previous.

Do you draw each piece seperately?

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#9 posted 12-11-2014 03:23 AM

sketch up

i use a pencil

tempered with pets

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 12-11-2014 03:34 AM

so many can print out pages of 20/20 or mindless programs called sketch up and throw in auto cad, onto perforated pages of endless ink

from paint

and wood

and observation

is canvas that never ends

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 12-11-2014 03:41 AM

it is critical in the world of woodworking

to understand the “plan view”
to see the “front view”

if you need sketch up, to see this

your a designer

not the craftsman : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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MT_Stringer

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#12 posted 12-11-2014 04:13 AM

I just started learning the program recently. In the past, I have built my projects from a sketch pad. Currently, I am building a baby changing station for my daughter that I drew in Sketchup.

It was a struggle at first but getting better every day.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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