Sketchup Tutorials #2: About time I started doing these!

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 08-15-2007 08:46 AM 10107 reads 12 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Current videos posted on Fine Woodworking Part 2 of Sketchup Tutorials series Part 3: Natural slab revisited »

OK…I’m finally starting to produce some content for this. The first a simple tutorial on creating ellipses and another a simplified mortise and tenon joint.

I have a few tutorials on my to do list but I need some more suggestions. Any issues or concepts you would like illustrated?

Ellipses in Sketchup…..DOH! I forgot the CSS intro.

Mortise and Tenon from scratch

Oh well…can’t sleep…might as well do another.

Natural Edge Slab

-- Bob

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#1 posted 08-15-2007 12:08 PM

yippeee.. here we go :)

well done. I’ll have to watch it again (and again)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 08-15-2007 01:36 PM

Thanks Bob!!!!!!

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#3 posted 08-15-2007 02:23 PM

Fantastic Bob.
I have had sketch up on my PC since it was offer by Google and never used it.
These tutorial have re-inspired me.
Great job!
Thanks very much.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 08-15-2007 02:38 PM

Pay not attention to the man behind the curtain! LOL

This is great to have, Bob! I’ve never done the intersect thing. What a time saver. Does it have to be used with components or groups? I’m guessing it wouldn’t work otherwise.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 08-15-2007 03:20 PM

Thanks for the tutorials. I love to learn new techniques in Sketchup. Have you ever seen these podcasts?

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#6 posted 08-15-2007 03:36 PM

The Google Sketchup tutorial videos are great … even some of the older ones I’ve found … that’s where I got my feet wet … and I work with the program ever day … even if it’s covering a technique I’m already familiar with … seeing how someone else uses this program always seems to get the wheels turning in a new direction … but I have to say Bob, I’m very impressed to see this tutorial for woodworkers … couldn’t have done a better job myself … and look forward to seeing more.

Might be more trouble than it’s worth … but it never crossed my mind to try to import that slab I’ve got into Sketchup and play with it … until now of course.

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#7 posted 08-15-2007 05:16 PM

Great Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 08-15-2007 07:04 PM

Thanks all….about time I got to it.

Jeff…yes you need to use components or groups. Otherwise everything gets stuck together. I make components of almost everything as I go along. It’s the key to keeping control.

Mike…thanks for posting the link. I was there ages ago and they only had a few. Looks like a good list now.
Lots of great resources for Sketchup out there now.
The 1st place to go is the Sketchup website itself for the basic tutorials.
Click on video or self paced tutorials. You’ll also see a sidebar that list other resources for learning and using the software (bonus packs, users guide,...etc.)
Here are a few of the 3rd party resources that I know of. Some are better than others. If you folks know of others lets start sharing them.

Lips…I know what you mean. I picked up Sketchup right away but it was all the tutorials that are out there that made learning easy. I’m always finding new ways to use it. hehe…that was going to be my next suggestion to Mark (he asked about the slab) Take a picture of the actual slab and you can make your model with the actual grain.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 08-16-2007 01:43 AM

Bob, thank you and keep on doing it. You did in just a few minutes what took me hours to do on the mortise and tenon joints.

What are you using to make the tutorials?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#10 posted 08-16-2007 02:58 AM

Hi Dan,

I’m using Snagit. Great capture utility, allows for captures with audio, has editing capabilities for adding comments to screen shots. Good stuff.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 08-16-2007 04:40 AM

Great job Bob!

For those looking to layout their shop, here is a guy that has alreays created all the most common
shop tools. Table saws both cabinet and contractors, band saw, dust collector etc. etc…

He did a really great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 08-16-2007 02:03 PM

That is a great resource Gary. It used to be on the Sketchup components download page as well but I don’t see it there anymore.

I did this layout of my dream shop (...sigh….someday) using it. Great time saver. BTW…the timbers you see in this are part of the construction components bonus pack.

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-- Bob

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#13 posted 08-17-2007 06:33 AM

Gary. How did you know I was going to use SU to start working on some new shop layout ideas…. ;-)

Thanks a ton for posting a link to those components! I was all ready to work in 2D. No chance of that now.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 08-17-2007 06:42 AM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

I will have to study this a bit and give it a try in the next few days!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 08-19-2007 03:42 AM

Thanks for putting the time into this Bob. It’s nice to learn the right way to work with sketchup from a fellow woodworker’s perspective.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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