I just joined Fine Woodworking online after many decades of browsing the occasional print version. Right away I was excited to find the Sketchup link and downloaded a trial version. In the past I sketched up “plans” for projects using graph paper and pencil and copious use of eraser. Not being an engineer or draftsman my lack skill at this soon produced something that resembled a monochrome finger-painting. I thought that Sketchup might finally bring me into the realm of proper project planning by enabling me to “sketch out” simple plans by using basic dimensions of lumber, positioning joints, wheels, knobs etc. I imagined going to my shop afterwards and cranking out components with all the necessary information to locate dados, rabbets, holes for etc and having it all fit together.
So when I opened Sketchup I was hopeful when I found th familar graph paper layout and started to draw. But soon, nearly immediately, I found that, like most drawing software there was steep and rocky learning curve. So off to the interwebs to find a tutorial. “Sketchup for Beginners” popped right up on YouTube, WooHoo! Again my enthusiasm was short-lived. The “beginning” turorial started right off in unfamiliar territory with an isomentric view and nothing to do with sketching a woodworking project.
So my question: “is there a basic tutorial for sketchup that explains how to do simple line, circle & box sketches to render a model that will provide a drawing resembling paper 2D plans that I can take to the workshop and build something with?
BTW, yes I have perused the Sketchup Blog and serached for many other sources for this with no avail. All seem to cater to the experienced user, rather than the uninitiated.
Thanks in advance