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Wrapping up my review of Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers

At long last, I have arrived at the end of my extensive review of Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, an ebook by Tim Killen. Funny, I thought I’d finish this chapter by chapter, model by model review by January 1st. Man, did I under estimate how extensive Tim’s book is! I’ll provide links to the other posts in this series at the bottom of this post. In this post, I cover the final three chapters of SUGW: adding color to a model, creating scenes for shop drawings, and then the best way to print your drawings. Making a Model More Realistic I have been working on a SketchUp model for an upcoming ebook, so I used that model as test dummy for the lesson in Chaper 14 – “How to Add Color and Texture to Your Model.” For quite a while now I have used the stock textures that come with SketchUp. I do this mainly so I can add reasonable looking color quickly. But my bedside table is made of knotty pine and there …

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers: An attempt at advanced modeling

This is part four in a series on Tim Killen’s Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers. With this post, I am coming closer to wrapping up my working review of Tim Killen’s Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers. I had hoped to make this the final entry in this series, but covering six increasingly complex chapters in one blog post is just too much. So I’ll save the final three chapters for later. Honestly, I did not realize this whole thing would be so involved. As you would expect, the topics and subsequent models have become more advanced with each new chapter. And that is where we are right now – covering advanced modeling techniques; no more beginner stuff. In this post, I cover chapters eleven through thirteen which includes a lot of curves; something I have limited experience with. I am a fan of square, linear things and models like a Maloof style rocker are about as curvaceous as I would care to get. Making it through these advanced levels of instruction can produce a headache, …

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers: A detailed model

The assignment for chapter nine: make a model of a nice side table. In this series on Tim Killen’s ebook, Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, I am going through each chapter in an effort to discover tips to greater happiness with this complex and really amazing program (amazing because it is free). I have been working with SketchUp for about two years and so far Tim’s book has taught me many things about the program that I simply did not learn from Google’s tutorial videos or through other means. In previous posts I have covered the basic steps of getting started (chapters one through five, click here) as well as building a model (chapters six and seven, click here). In this post I’ll cover chapters eight through ten, and hopefully wrap it up in my next post. Chapter Eight: How to Design and Construct JointsWhile there are many different methods of joinery available to the woodworker, Tim Killen focuses on just two: the mortise and tenon joint and the dovetail joint. Tim does not directly …