SketchUp tutorials

These tutorials use the free SketchUp. I drew all my plans with the free version 8, though later versions are almost identical. If you have the olcer version 8, I recommend sticking with that version. 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, leaving you with what version 8 could do, but a lot more stuff on your hard drive. I have yet to find a feature in version 2014 that warrants upgrading.

You dan download download SketchUp 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 nested objects, layers, and colour inheritance

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

Tutorial 7:

From SketchUp to SVG for laser cutter using FlightsOfIdeas plugin

Tutorial 8:

Drawing a clock face with SketchUp: Circles, Rotations, and objects

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 sketchup tutorials for lots and lots 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

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