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SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers: Taming Some Frustrations

This is part two in a series on Tim Killen’s SketchUp ebook. In this post: an overview of chapters six and seven. I am a church going man. But I have to admit one thing – while using SketchUp, I have let some cussing rocket from my mouth. This software has so taxed my brain, that it has caused me to loose my religion on more than one occasion. When I first began using SketchUp, one of the frustrations (which continues today) was moving an object to an exact point. Because objects move in three dimensions, placing a component exactly where I want it can be an optical illusion. I could move something into place only to realize it just looked that way. When I recently continued my way through Tim Killen’s Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers (SUGW for short) and came to chapter six, I had to smile a little. It is titled, “How to Make, Move, Copy, Edit and Connect Components” Naturally, the word “move” caught my eye. Surprisingly, not a lot of …

Working through SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers by Tim Killen

While I wait on the router bits needed to move forward on my crown molding project, I have been working on a SketchUp model for a future eBook. One look at my blog and anyone can tell that I often use illustrations to communicate ideas, and for me, SketchUp is my illustration tool of choice. My learning curve with SketchUp has been vast. In my early days with the program, I would often get very frustrated. My drawings would become messed up in so many ways, I would basically give up and start the model all over. But slowly, I have begun to master SketchUp and this learning by doing continues. I’ll bet I re-drew the Tornado Bed at least four times while searching for the best way to organize components. There is so much more to learn – SketchUp is an amazing design tool; one look at SketchUp’s blog confirms this. The models featured there are at times very realistic. Resources for learning Up to this point, I have relied on the following sources …