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SketchUp Tip: Get to Know the Scroll Wheel

When watching a video showing SketchUp instruction, one of the things I pay attention to is how the mouse is being used. In my early days of using SketchUp, I was always intrigued by people like Tim Killen and Dave Richards because they could so effortlessly move around a model (there are plenty of things they do which still intrigue me). I later learned how this was possible – it was through activating the mouse scroll wheel, usually in conjunction with some other action. Forget grabbing the pan tool, or clicking on the zoom tool, or reaching for the orbit tool. Eliminating these extra steps starts with the scroll wheel. The two images you see above are from SketchUp’s Quick Reference Card (download it here). When I first saw this card, I was a little overwhelmed by all the information it attempts to communicate. In fact the printer I used at the time had a hard time clearly printing the tiny font used. But, the Quick Reference Card contains many golden nuggets of tips leading …

Getting Help With a SketchUp Model

I just completed my latest assignment for Sawtooth Ideas. The image above shows what is called a “Pendulum Doll Cradle” taken from an issue of Woodcraft magazine. When I get the email with a new assignment, I always look forward to opening the woodworking plan and looking through the project. I immediately saw this one as something to test my skills since I have not recently attempted creating anything like the spindles needed (read on for more about the spindles). In the image above, note the eased edges on many of the horizontal surfaces. I was nearing completion of the model when I realized I would have to round-over many of the component edges. This was a challenge requiring the use of the offset tool and the follow-me tool. I had some clean-up to do after this process; I am sure there is a plugin which would have worked better, but that would require me to find the plug-in, install it and learn how it works. I didn’t have the time for all of that. …

Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – The Basics: A Review

In my recent post on Tim Killen’s SketchUp ebook (see the post here), I mentioned my desire for video instruction. About the same time, Fine Woodworking launched a new video by Dave Richards titled Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – the Basics. Right away, I knew I would have to get a copy of Dave’s new video for a review. Never mind me having to buy it; the nice folks at Fine Woodworking.com provided a free copy. Since I love free stuff and especially free stuff about SketchUp, I immediately started watching it and jotting down some notes. I first ran across Dave Richards, along with Tim Killen at their excellent blog at Fine Woodworking.com called “Design. Click. Build.” They often give instruction on various SketchUp stumbling blocks readers inquire about and I have learned many things there. Specifically, Dave is an authorized SketchUp instructor, so you can expect some classroom style teaching in his video. Making My Way Through the Instruction Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – the Basics is really a series of …