Sketchup Thorsen for you guys

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 04-04-2007 10:37 AM 2666 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to use the drawings included in the Thorsen plan to make a sketchup drawing as close to the original as possible. I don’t know if everything is completely accurate, but it’s pretty frickin’ close, that’s for sure. As you’ll see, I also made one that is translucent and shows the tenons (no mortises, sorry). Just pretend I did the mortises for you.

You can download the sketchup file here from my website:


-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 04-04-2007 12:59 PM

you are amazing!!!

I love these drawings. They really help me “see” what needs to be done.

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

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#2 posted 04-04-2007 02:07 PM

Hi Thomas
I am wondering how hard would it be to do a sketch up drawing of say one of my extreme birdhouses or one of my rustic arbors?

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 04:28 PM

Very cool Thomas. How long have you been working with Sketchup, and how long did it take to make that drawing?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 04:29 PM

It probably wouldn’t be very hard, but it can be time consuming. Complex roof lines would be my achilles heel. I’ve never tried that yet. If you haven’t already, go download and install sketchup and follow a couple of the tutorials. There’s a lot of great tutorials on sketchup and plenty of people that know how to use it. You should try it out. It’s nice to see what you’re envisioning before it’s built.

I’ve been using sketchup for about 3 months. I have used other CAD programs in the past, but sketchup is by far the easiest and most economically friendly. It took me about 2-3 hours to complete this drawing, but I was watching the TV and doing other stuff in between so I’m not sure that’s a good gauge. The most difficult part about drawing this plan was that not all of the measurements are in the drawing. I had to read through the instructions to find out some of the dimensions, and I had to estimate a few of the peg placements.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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