SketchUp tutorials

These tutorials use the free SketchUp. I drew all my plans with the free version 8, though later versions are almost identical. I recommend getting the older version 8. Newer (2013+) versions only allow you to install the much larger full pro eval version, which after 8 hours of usage disables the pro only features, so it will only do what the free version 8 does. I have yet to find a feature in version 2014 that warrants an upgrade.

You can download version 8 here

Tutorial 1: Navigating a drawing, and objects.

The plan that I'm loading is this student desk plan

Tutorial 2: Drawing objects with accurate dimensions - drawing a simple table


Tutorial 3: Drawing mortise and tenon joinery


Tutorial 4: Embellishing the drawing - adding colours rounds and chamfers

You can download the SketchUp model that I finished in the above video.



Tutorial 5: Using scenes and layers together to make multiple views

You can download the model that I created in this tutorial.


Tutorial 6:

The behaviour of nexted objects, layers, and colour inheritance

You can download the sketchup file that I started with in this tutorial.


A bit more about how I use sketchup:

This video is a bit about how I make a printable 1:1 drawing using my BigPrint program


More videos with SketchUp:
3D reindeer on the bandsaw
Bandsaw sawmill CAD model flythryough


Also see Jay Bates Woodworking with sketchup.com site, for lots and lots of tutorial videos showing specific techniques.

And here's another collection of SketchUp tutorials on YouTube

See also:

Make large 1:1 printouts
using my My BigPrint
program

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