All posts tagged: SketchUp Pro

Goofing Off with SketchUp

I hate to say it, but I have done ZERO woodworking since last weekend. Sometimes you need a break and I did need to recover just a little. After drilling all those holes in end grain which required jack-hammer like force to accomplish, both of my elbows hurt a little. Almost like tennis elbow, so I guess it is possible for a woodworker to get cordless drill elbow? You heard it here first. Today, I am off to source some plywood. For my window seat bookcase, I am thinking about making the back and lower shelf (highlighted in blue above) from cherry plywood. Plywood will make the bookcase more rigid and I don’t have to worry about cross-grain wood movement if I decide to glue the plywood in place. Forming these parts from plywood will also be faster than creating a frame and panel back and shelf out of multiple parts. So plywood is on my mind today. What I have been doing… SketchUp. I continue to explore using SketchUp Pro for my next woodworking …

Book Review: SketchUp to LayOut by Matt Donley

A lot of woodworkers use SketchUp, but I consider myself to be in a small group of woodworkers which view SketchUp as an illustration tool. SketchUp is the main drawing program I use to illustrate woodworking plans. I hope one day to be able to make truly magazine quality woodworking plans. The only thing holding me back is time and experience with the right software. I have often wondered if SketchUp Pro is software that can help me reach my goal. There is one aspect of SketchUp Pro which makes me curious: LayOut. It’s a software package which comes bundled with SketchUp Pro. LayOut is a tool that takes SketchUp images and inserts them into a template leading to high quality documentation (examples here). This is where LayOut might improve the quality of my woodworking plans. But SketchUp Pro currently sells for $495; probably a good value, but I just don’t know a lot about it and I have seen at least one negative comment on it. I came real close to buying SketchUp Pro …