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Forum topic by Matt Donley posted 01-29-2014 10:15 PM 2476 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Donley

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01-29-2014 10:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup layout sketchup pro

I will be hosting a free SketchUp to LayOut webinar in celebration of my new book being released. The 1 hour webinar will start at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, January 30th. Go to to sign up for an email reminder.

-- I create Sketchup Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials at

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 01:06 AM

I watched your intro video. Nicely done. I may have to reconsider Sketchup. It has frustrated me to no end.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 02:35 PM

Thanks a lot! Yes, I have converted a lot of the “tried it once, never again” folks to giving SketchUp a second look. It’s a great program for woodworking once you get past the initial learning curve.

-- I create Sketchup Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials at

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 02:42 PM

+10 RockyTopScott – Very frustrating. I need to take the time for a real class.

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 05:27 PM

like everything else if you do not practice a lot you won’t progress and you will forget and get again more frustrated.

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 01:30 PM

Matt makes a good point about the learning curve. It’s like any other tool in that regard. I bet it took me 40 hours to figure out how to use a handplane including learning how to sharpen, learning how to fettle the plane, basic technique, etc. Fortunately, the learning curve on sketch-up was a lot quicker for me. I think it took me 5-10 hours to really figure it out and be able to build my own modes. I’ve got to say it’s one of the best 5-10 hours I’ve ever invested though.

The real power of sketch-up isn’t the ability to make your own plans. The real power is being able to access every plan published in the google sketchup 3D library by woodworkers across the world.

Want to build a Gustav Stickely No. 622 Trestle table? Well, someone has spent the 20 hours it takes to create the 3d model already, and was kind enough to publish it. There are 135 Stickley plans alone. The quality varies, but some models were built by furniture craftsmen who took the time to do very precise models complete with joinery. It’s not just a picture either. Every single board in the model is an individual component. You can explode the whole furniture piece into it’s components, take precise measurements, automatically generate a cut list, rotate each object in 3d, the list goes on and on. The models are also changeable, so if you want to customize the length, size, dovetail layout, you can do it.

If you’re computer savvy, Sketch-up is pretty amazing tool for woodworkers. Learning the basics takes just a few hours.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 02:57 PM

I missed it yesterday. Was it recorded so as to be able to view it later?

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 04:06 PM

@Nicholas Hall – Nice recommendation for SketchUp, well put.

@George – You can watch the replay of the webinar at I added skip and rewind buttons throughout the video, so you can skip over parts you already know, or back up to repeat parts you missed.

-- I create Sketchup Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials at

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