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05-01-2015 12:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup designing

so in my high school (tech school) we have been learning sketch up for wood working and i designed an Adirondack chair. It turned out great but the problem was it took like a month to design, mostly because im a beginner, but after watching a plethora of you-tube videos it seems impractical to design something of a large scale with very precise measurements. What im asking for is some tips on how to make the process faster and maybe some websites to help guide me along the way. Also when designing a house in sketch-up are the measurements in the model actual or predicted?

-- Wally Ginter

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 01:09 AM

I guess I’m an advanced beginner in sketchup, you might say. Part of it is to find tutorials that fit the way you think. I bought a DVD from Fine Woodworking, and I just couldn’t stay with it. Then I found Bob Lang’s videos (I may have paid for them), and I found the way he explained sketchup to be much more accessible and helpful to me.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 01:20 AM

You’ll get faster.

My favorite learning technique is to simply hop into the software until I get stuck on something. Then I’ll Google that task, find the specific solution and keep on working. Repeat ad nauseam.

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 01:21 AM

To get precision, I enter/type values instead of using mouse. Also, set guidelines as needed and let sketchup “snap” to them. Use the zoom, orbit and hand tools a lot. Use the mouse and keyboard shortcuts for them instead of menu ribbon. And, the more you use it the better you’ll get.

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