All posts tagged: 3D Modeling

SketchUp: Speed Modeling Via Jay Bates

On tap this weekend is some speed SketchUp work. I need to finish the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild Habitat For Humanities kitchen and bath woodworking plan. And, speaking of quick SketchUp work, nobody creates a SketchUp model with more speed than woodworker Jay Bates. Take a look at the video below; Jay zoom zooms through the creation of a sofa table SketchUp model. While I think Jay needs to slow way down to better explain some of the short cuts he takes, the process he uses to make this model is unique. I have rotated legs like he does, but I rarely use this method. Also his technique used for making mortise and tenon joinery is interesting. If you like SketchUp, this video will show you a different way to approach a SketchUp model. Once I get the AWG woodworking plan completed, I need to finalize the SketchUp model for my new tool cabinet; then get my workshop cleaned up prior to building anything. So, lots of SketchUp work is ahead of me. I hope you …

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 …