Sketchup Tutorials #5: Fall Challenge Tutorial

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 09-06-2007 06:18 AM 11483 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Basic Settings Part 5 of Sketchup Tutorials series Part 6: 4 new (old) tutorials »

A quick tutorial to get you all started. Very basic…..very unedited. Sorry I don’t have much time these days so I had to do this quick…..and it shows.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 09-06-2007 06:48 AM

very informative… well done!
now to check out 1 through 4 of these gems of knowledge.

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#2 posted 09-06-2007 07:27 AM

Thanks for great tutorial, Bob. I’ve updated the Challenge Announcement and linked to this video.

... and lack of time – it doesn’t show ;)

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#3 posted 09-06-2007 11:44 AM

thanks for the continued help

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

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#4 posted 09-06-2007 12:06 PM

Super video! Thanks for helping this goofball.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 09-06-2007 01:58 PM

Great toot Bob!
I’m ready to get started now.
Who can ship me some time? <g>


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

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#6 posted 09-06-2007 10:53 PM

Thanks, Bob!

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

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#7 posted 09-08-2007 08:55 PM

Just flip the hourglass over there Bob… voila! plenty of time to whip up some virtual sawdust!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 07:23 AM

Bob -

A much belated thanks for sharing your Sketch-Up skills. Wonderful tutorial series. I have also enjoyed your work on FWW.


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#9 posted 09-14-2007 10:22 PM

Hi Bob,

When I open the post all I see is a square box underneath the text. Hovering over the box prompts with “Click to activate and use this control”. When I click on it nothing happens.

Any ideas? It is the same on any of the tutoral posts.

Thank you,


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#10 posted 09-15-2007 05:12 AM

Hi TJ,

It sounds like you don’t have the latest version of flash installed. You can install it here.

Let me know if this fixes it.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 09-18-2007 03:41 AM

Bob, I’ve got a really annoying issue that I don’t know how to deal with. I’m REALLY tired of racking my head on this. How do you ‘skew’ an object that has been extruded? Basically, I have an arch (created by using the follow me tool for a rectangle along an arc) that i have then rotated 20deg. The bottom (ends) of the arc were on the red axis and the rotation was around the red axis so that the arc begins to dip below the green axis. what I want to do is get the apex of the arc and the back edge parallel with the green axis again. In the shot below, the camera is looking at the green axis. Help!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 09-19-2007 06:20 AM

Sketchup is a pain when it comes to anything the least bit organic. The solution is to think differently. Even then sometimes it hurts my head. Dan asked me a similar question awhile ago and for some reason I didn’t think of this then. I’ll just blame it on my head.

I think this is what you’re looking for…

-- Bob

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#13 posted 09-19-2007 06:50 AM

YES! That’s it!
Never in a million years would I have thought of that solution. I just thought I was looking at this outside of the box. Ha!

You actually answered another question I had. The face-locking trick with the second cube will be quite helpful for other things than this task too. You’re an LJ Treasure and thanks for going out of your way to share this solution.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 09-19-2007 07:13 AM

Glad to help. I didn’t mention it in the video but you need to hold down the shift key to lock the orientation of the protractor.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 09-19-2007 07:25 AM

Bob, thanks for this string of instruction. You really helped me come to the “table”. Had you not done these I would still be really lost, worse than I am. Thank you!

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