Woodworking as Therapy #20: Relearning Google Sketch Up

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-18-2012 09:46 PM 3817 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started this blog quite a long time ago to learn Sketch up and to take everyone else along for the ride while I was recovering from a health issue. Quite a ride it was. I actually kind of got the hang of it. But, alas, you know the saying, “you don’t use it you lose it” well that’s where I’m at right now. I’m going back reading through my own blog to teach myself SU again, I’ve also been going through videos tutorials, etc. to learn my way around the program.

Right now I’m trying to relearn the thing so I can make a “hose box” for my sister. I’ve just put a new sun room on the back of my house and I’ve told her that the hose needs gathered up every night and not laying around making the new digs look sloppy. So she shot back that I need to make a box! Well that’s all well and good, but I need a plan. I can build pretty much anything with a good plan. But designing my own plan – not so good.

I asked her why not just buy one of the fancy hose reels you can get, there are some really nice ones out there, but she’s against the idea. She thinks I can make a better box. We’ll see.

So I’m challenging myself by putting out this post that I’m going to design, draw and build my sister her hose box. This should keep my feet to the fire.

The basic look of the box is this: it’s going to have 4 legs (how about that——a three legged box would just not do), I want the box to be up off the ground about 2” maybe 3”, have a bottom drawer that’s about 5” high to store nozzles, gloves, etc., then the main box will be about 15 inches high. The box as a whole will be about 18 wide x. 20 high x 20 deep and it will have a lift off lid of 3/4 material that’s rabbited 3/8” so that it lays on top of the box with a 3/8” lip. The back of the box will have a 1” hole to feed the hose to the tap.

So that’s my challenge. Whether I can manage it without pulling out all my hair or turning gray will be another story.

Hang on, it might be a bumpy ride!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 10:04 PM

I hope it all comes together for you. I gave up after my first 30 times I tried to learn it. I’m glad others can do it.

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 10:06 PM

Looking forward to it, Betsy.
Thanks to your blog, I have been able to make rudimentary drawings although most of my stuff is still done with Sketchup V0.0 (pencil and paper).
Sure wish we still had DaveR around to help us.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 10:11 PM

Dave and Brad Nailor were the two who really helped me along. I’ve been looking through Dave’s blog on Fine Woodworking and other tutorials. There is so much out there it’s mind boggling.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 10:51 PM

It is much easier for me to build on the fly than to sketch-up it and build it. I played with SU for about a week, threw my hands up and surrendered. I’ll be using paper and a pencil. I do see how it would be a great asset, I just dont have the patience. Waiting for a fish to bite was a snap, that kind of patience I have, waiting for my brain to catch up with a tutorial, that patience alludes me.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 05:06 AM

crap; eludes me

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 03-19-2012 10:25 AM

I use SketchUp for all my woodworking projects. I know building on the fly and using paper and pencil also great alternatives. But for me, seeing a project unfold in it various stages before I actually built it in the shop makes my time in the shop more enjoyable.

If you have a small shop storing wood can be a problem. With SketchUp I am able to estimate the amount of material needed using the Cutlist plugin.

SketchUp is not for everyone, it is a great tool for those who like to design a project on paper before they head to the shop.

-- Dave - NH

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