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The other day I was looking for a list of the best things about SketchUp – things that are unique and special and make it an effective tool for woodworking. I couldn’t find one so decided to create it here:
Note that I’ve not listed these with any significance, rather they are in the order that they came to mind.
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I love Tim. I love Dave. I love SketchUp. And I love the community at large, who, like Dave and Tim, are willing to 'give a leg up' to a willing enthusiast. I have solved problems in Carpentry and Woodworking that have plagued me for quite a while. I'm cursed with an inabillity to visualize..... SketchUp to the rescue! I've revisited 30 years of hands on experience, and plugged every hole in my understanding of construction systems in a little less than a year. I'm still not an expert at SketchUp, but time heals all wounds. Thanks Tim!
I like sketch-up for its ability to allow me to design; create a series of variations of a piece of furniture to try out various options. I often end up with models that are a long string of furniture that gradually transform from one form to another. It allows you to see what it would look like if the piece was higher, lower, fatter wider, doors one way other.
I'm not particularly interested in working out or showing complicated joints. I'm interested in what it will look like before committing the time and money to construct the project.
What I find interesting is that even with all the capabilities of the program to see everything, building with your hands brings surprises,. Opportunities arrive from picking up pieces and reacting to wood in hand that just can't be seen on a computer screen.
But isn't that what the Bauhaus was all about...to train designers who learned from being craftsmen and craftsmen who could do better if they learned how to design?
As a long time Sketchup user and builder/cabinetmaker, and one who has embraced the application as an integral part of his business, I watch your blog closely.
Sadly, on a few woodworking forums the program is still considered a toy and denigrated by many CAD jockey's who simply can't seem to grasp the programs elegant suitability for woodworking.
Tim, your "List of Ten" special strengths is spot on!
Keep up the good work ... both you and Dave are performing a valuable service to the community with this kind of refreshing, clear, and concise emphasis on the programs benefits to the woodworker, both hobbyist and professional.
pullins = plugins
Interesting list. Could I add 2 more?
1. The price is nice (non Pro)
2. Ability for people to create & share unique pullins.
Thanks for that Tim. I'll have a play
To johnmcm: Before Layout I would print out each scene and assemble into a document. Occasionally I would export JPGs for each scene and import into Microsoft Publisher. Then I could add text in Publisher to supplement the pictures. But now with Layout, these work-arounds are not required.
Tim, thanks for that. You and Dave run a great blog which I'm sure thousands of us enjoy but may not always express.
If you had the freebie instead of pro (no Layout) how would you go about making a 'design document.'
Go on a lumber run with Matt Kenney and he'll show you how he reads a stack of lumber to help him find the perfect board
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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