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wkbowser
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Question about Sketchup

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As I read the post in the software forum I see a lot of recommendations to use Sketchup. I have tried Sketchup at least four times and even read a book on it. Most often the tutorials will describe the tools which I sort of understand and I can even draw a three dimentional object. Heck, I can even twirl it, spin it and stretch it.

 

What I don't get at all is how do you get from the three D image in sketchup to a drawing that can actually be used to build something in the shop? I can understand it as a rendering of what the project will look like but as a construction drawing I don't get it. I am used to 2D drawings on paper with all the dimentions to scale showing rabbits and dados etc so you can actually build a project.

 

There must be tutorial or something that shows how to bridge this gap or is it just a fun toy?

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

Bill

 

 

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MSWOODcraft
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Re: Question about Sketchup

Welcome to the group, Bill.

 

Rather than having your great question get lost behind Marlen's opening Welcome message, I moved it to be a question of its own in the Software forum (and retitled it - hence the note that I'm the one who edited the entry).

 

You're sure to get a bunch of great info, and wanted the question to have its best chance for visibility.

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georgenoeth1
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Re: Question about Sketchup

Bill,

 

Sketchup is a very good tool to develop shop drawings for building a project.  Check the thread below titled, "back to basics 3".  In it I have taken a 3d drawing of a router table and created drawings that can be used to bulid the project.

 

There are many other postings on this forum that also address this issue.

 

 

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Danl
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Re: Question about Sketchup

Bill,

If you do a search, you will find tutorials for Sketchup.  There are some in Youtube.  Here is my advise for learning Sketchup.

 

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Jay In Atlanta
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Re: Question about Sketchup

Have to agree with George.  Shop drawings can be viewed and/or printed in the 3D format or in parallel projection to an accuracy of 1/64".  I often print portions of a plan full size to make routing templates.  I'll never be an expert but I consider Sketchup a fine tool - and the price is right.

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wkbowser
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Re: Question about Sketchup

I just don't understand this thing! I drew a square box and then clicked parallel projection and all I got was a distorted box! Where are are the individual pieces?

 

George,

 

I am sure what you say is true but I need far more detail than in you discription. I'm going to turbo cad so I have some instructions as to how to do this. Trying to undersand sketchup from the web is like getting instruction piece by piece from a treasure hunt.

 

Frustrated

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georgenoeth1
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Re: Question about Sketchup

Hi WK,

 

Question, did you actually draw a box or just a cube.  Did you actually draw 6 individual sides?

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wkbowser
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Re: Question about Sketchup

It seems to the a universal fact that when I am most frustrated with something then that is when I figure it out! I spent Sunday afternoon really trying to figure this thing out. When I finally found the camera views in parallel projection I was able to begin to make sense of it. At least it is becoming clearer. I don't yet have a set of shop drawings but at least they are beginning to look like they should.

 

It is still a challenge but at least I'm in the game now.

 

Thanks for the tips.

Bill

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wkbowser
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I'm now into this thing 8 hours and it is awful. Every thing is connected to everything else. All I do is try to figure out the software and not how to design a piece of furniture! Its just not worth it. Its just not for me!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll take a pencil and eraser any day over this!!

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p_toad
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Re: Question about Sketchup

you might want to search some of the other discussions about drawing packages and see if one of them is more to your liking.  I don't have any practical experience with them so really can't guide you, but there are others out here who have, and they do have favorites.   I get frustrated with software that's not as intuitive as I think it should be....and I've been  working with computers for way too many years....  :smileyvery-happy:

 

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