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Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page 12 The Big Book of Weeke. Woodworker's Guide to SketchUp is a unique method for learning This guide, in Adobe PDF format takes you step-by-step from setting up the. In I wrote and published “Woodworker's Guide to SketchUp” in enhanced PDF format. INSIDE & A VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE “NEW WOODWORKER'S Purchase PDF Book ON DISC for $, with free shipping to.

Line The Line Tool depend on how you move the mouse. Probably the most fre- Click on the Line Tool. The cursor will Make the line any length you wish, quently used SketchUp tool. It trans- take the shape of the Pencil icon. When you click to end the line, mortises and tenons and to make or dow, close to the origin of the three its color will change to black.

Click the mouse but- tinue to draw a line from the end of the ton to start the line and release the but- previous line, so you dont need to click Select Tool. This is used to pick in- ton immediatelydo not hold it. Drag the mouse button to continue drawing.

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As you can see in until you click the mouse again, select Tape Measure moved, copied, or scaled, using other Figure 2, the line will be red. That means another tool, or press the Esc key. Continue drawing the line, but shift If you dont see a red line, move the its direction to the blue axis.

Move the Rectangle Tool. It draws a four-sided mouse slightly until the line snaps onto mouse as needed to ensure that the line shape. I dont use this tool, but Ive in- the red axis. So far, the line is rubber color is blue.

Click the left mouse button Figure 1. Drawing tools in the Large Tool Set. When the cursor reaches a spot just above end of the first line you drew, a dotted line will ap- pear.

This is an inferenceSketchUps anticipation of your next step. In this instance, SketchUp believes you intend to make a rectangle, so it automatically Figure 4.

Drawing another line along the red Figure 5. Completing the rectangle. Sketch- Figure 6. Starting a line along the green axis and creating an inference, shown by the Up automatically fills in the space to create axis, to begin creating a 3D object.

Click the mouse to end the line at the inference point, as shown endpoint, then dragging the mouse to rectangle immediately fills with a white in Figure 4. There are occasions when line up with the axis. Everything SketchUp balks at showing the infer- Continue the line along the blue axis drawn in SketchUp is composed of ence and needs some help to find it.

The lines you create You can help by touching the first lines Click the mouse to end the line. The make up the edges, and since the edges exist in one geometrical plane coplanar , Edges and Faces SketchUp automatically fills in a face. Faces indicate drawing quality. If a Figure 7. Closing in one side and creating a The SketchUp computer geometry is rather simpleall compo- face does not appear when you expect second face.

Here you it to, chances are the lines you drew are see the Connecticut stool leg with all of its edges and faces not coplanar, meaning that one or more selected, which highlights them in blue.

Although in SketchUp lines werent on axis. Its an object Next, youll give this one face some with a thin zero thickness skin of faces surrounded by edges. If you were designing a piece All edges in SketchUp consist of straight lines only. Even of furniture, this would become its first curved edges, such as the turned portions of the stool leg, are piece of wood. Be sure you still have the Line Tool made up of many straight linesso many that the curves look selected.

Click the mouse on the lower Figure 8. Creating the top edges. But if you zoom in close, you can see the straight line end of the rectangle, then release the segments in the curves. Be sure the Draw a line back to the upper right Faces are also always flat. The turned surfaces in the leg line is on the green axis the line will hand corner of the original face.

An- are made up of many very small flat faces. You need connect- turn green , and maneuver the mouse other end face appears automatically, ing edges on a common plane to achieve a face. You cant so that the line moves toward the back- as shown in Figure 7. Click to end the line, as shown Draw a line toward the left on the red a plane. There isnt a Face Tool in SketchUp. Rather, to create in Figure 6. In this a face you create edges. If they are copolanar, SketchUp auto- Continue the line upward on the blue case, the inference will appear as a dot- matically fills in the face.

When the inference appears, click ted diagonal line. Click the mouse to end the mouse button to end the line.

By this time, your head will be reeling with all the ways you can use these simple tools to design your next project. And the best part is because everything was done properly, any part of the table can be modified readily.

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Shorter tenons? Tapers on the legs? A deeper reveal? No problem. But should I need to modify anything or make any adjustments, I would be up a creek without a paddle.

And with practice, using the proper methods will be MUCH faster. I am just new to some of this so it takes me a bit longer. Think of it like learning how to type. When you initially learn the method, you are probably faster hunting and pecking. But once you get some practice, suddenly your fingers are flying and it becomes second nature. Same thing with SketchUp. I felt very accomplished after Day 1 and I am excited to see what the second half will bring. Total time investment for day 1 was roughly 2 hours.

This opens a screen like the one shown Windows menu. Click on the Choose Template button. Above the modeling windowYou will see the dialog box shown in is the SketchUp toolbar.

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Figure 2. The opening screen. SketchUp 8 Figure 4. The dialog box for setting units of length. I prepared this book using SketchUp version 7. Shortly before the book was com-pleted, Google released version 8. The upgrade contains a number of changes andnew features, but most make it easier to draw buildings or landscapes, not furniture.

Other changes appear only in the for-pay Pro version. By and large, SketchUp 8looks like and works like SketchUp 7, so the instructions in this book still apply. SketchUp 8 has a couple of interesting new features that should appeal to wood-workers. The Scenes dialog box now displays thumbnail images of each scene youcreate.

See chapter 15 for more on scenes.

There is a new face style, called BackEdges. It shows hidden edges of an object as dashed lines. In orthogonal views, the BackEdges view also makes the sketch look more like conventional mechanical drawing,with dadoes, grooves, and other hidden elements rendered in dashed lines.

Click on Dimensions in the window on the left of the Model Info dialog box Figure 5. Choose the label Align to Dimension Line Outside. Figure 5. The dialog box for setting the size Figure 8. The Edge Styles dialog box. Set the Styles Figure The Toolbars choices in theand style of dimensions and labels.

View menu. To save Style settings determine the backgroundFigure 6.

The Styles dialog box. Clicking on the icon shown opens icon before objects you draw. I like a slightly off-whitethis dialog box. Click on the Window tab in the faces in the model. The Background Styles dialog box. Menu bar to open the drop-down dia- log box.

Choose Styles to open a new 6. Click on the Update icon the icon window, as shown in Figure 6.

Click on what I call the doghouse window, to save your changes. Always icon Google calls it the In Model icon click that icon before closing the box. Click the Edit tab in the window. This periment with those other options. Set the Toolbars 4. In the small that the tools you use most often are boxes below, check the Profile box and always in view.

Click the View tab on the Menu Bar thick and not too thin. If you are 5. Click on the Background icon, which is the one in the center, to bring up choices for the background, as shown in Figure 9. Leave the boxes for Sky and Ground unchecked. The heavy dashes next to entries to have Materials, Components, Styles, Figure The Materialsin the drop-down menu identify dialog boxes Layers, and Scene dialog boxes readily dialog box. To minimize it,to be shown on the screen. These are all avail- click on the heavy top bar.

The dialog boxesPalettes, then Large Tool Set. On the identifies those items in the drop-down minimized, clumped, andWindows version, you will see a pop-up list. The window es are placed one at a time. Click the Window tab on the Menu Figure To save all the Bar, then click on Materials in the drop- changes to the setup so Checkmarks in the pop-up menu iden- down list to open the Materials dialog they are active whenevertify my recommended toolbars: Large Tool box, as shown in Figure Each of these toolbar Save as Template.

Fill inmodifications is made independently.

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That 2. Tap the mouse on its top title bar. To expand the box, tap the then click the Save button. Leave the Getting title bar again.

On the 3. Open another dialog box, minimizeMac, choose these same sets of tools, but it, then move it by grabbing the top titledrag and drop them from the Tool Palette bar with the mouse and dragging it toto the screen. Do this for each box you want to display. This formsSet the Dialog Boxes a clump of dialog boxes that can be moved around the screen to avoid inter-The last setup step involves placing fre- fering with the drawing space.

I like and clumped. This very important step ensures that your personalized settings will appear each time you open SketchUp. Creating a template is simple. Click the File tab in the Menu Bar. In the drop-down menu select Save As Template, as shown in Figure This opens a new dialog box, as shown in the inset to the figure. Fill out the template form with the name and description you prefer and click Save.

Occasionally, you may lose your Pan There are many ways to maneuver SketchUp: zoom, orbit, and pan. No amount of panning and Zoom Extentstools and shortcut keys. But in my ex- To use the Zoom Tool, rotate the scroll zooming can bring it back.

But one clickperience, the best way to get around is wheel on the mouse. Roll it toward the of the Zoom Extents Tool automatically Figure 2. The four tools that allow you towith a mouse that has a scroll wheel. Although you can click these iconspad, it will pay to get a good mouse with mouse to zoom away.

Zoom Extents is a very useful tool. Moving unacceptable level. The red axis follows the X di- counterclockwise , moving the mouse the mouse pointer changes to the Orbitrection left to right , the green axis right to left spins your view counterclock- icon. When you press the scroll wheelfollows the Y direction from front to wise, and moving the mouse forward and and the Shift key, the pointer changesback , and the blue axis follows the Z back rotates your view up and down.

Moving the mouse on a diagonal will ro- tate your view in two directions. I pan often toFortunately, SketchUp automatically helps center my model on the screen. To pan,keep you properly oriented by highlight- hold down the mouse scroll wheel whileing an axis color when you use one of pressing the Shift key as you move thethe drawing tools. For example, when you mouse left, right, forward, or back.

You can download the SketchUp file for the Connecticut stool to help you become Figure 5. Open the SketchUp file pro- to edit and work on a model the size of you often have to connect components the scroll wheel implement odd ac-vided with this book. Use the file to a fly speck. So as you move one com- tions, such as opening Internet Ex-practice moving around the model with the view by zooming and positioning the ponent into position, you zoom in to plorer. When I buy a new mouse, Ithe mouse to orbit, zoom, and pan.

For model with Orbit and Pan. Instead,example, zoom into the corner of the nection. These handle the defaults. Horizontal toolbars simply put: A mouse lets you multitask. As you try out neously moving around the model. However, the de- ones I find most useful. The Face Style Toolbar lets you al- ter the appearance of the drawing. Figure 6. The Standard Toolbar includes functions common to many computer applications.

Figure 7. The Views Toolbar lets you change the orientation of the model with one mouse click. I use these standard views because I like Standard Toolbar to have front, side, and top orthographicFigure 8. Clicking the Front icon in the Views Figure 9.

When you choose the Front view views for reference.

They can also be fast-Toolbar gives you a head-on perspective view and select Parallel Projection from the Cam- Figure 6 shows the Standard Toolbar er than the Orbit Tool for maneuvering toof the object you are drawing. However, I do not very useful for producing full-size templates.

The icons use the isometric view because I prefer the identify functions that are common to normal SketchUp perspective. For ex- Redo Toolbar, which is very helpful. I probably Parallel Projection from the drop-down use Undo more than any other function.

Clicking the Undo icon makes it easy to This type of view is essential for produc- go back to the starting point. The views from the View Toolbar and ex- six icons represent standard views in periment with Perspective and Parallel SketchUp and let you reorient the entire Projections from the Camera menu.

The Layers Toolbar is useful when you want to have multiple views of an object. Status BarFigure This will open a small the top of the leg, and the front face of pop-up box; choose Close Component the skirt is flush with the front face of the from the list.

Total time investment for Day 2 was another two hours. Cut Copy Paste Erase what function or tool an icon activates, straight at it from the front in a perspec- just place your mouse over the icon; that tive view Figure 8.

Use the Eraser Tool to delete the Figure Thats because anything thats not part of the component you are editing Figure 4. Zoom object from all angles to see if a line or an edge is off-axis. I wanted a you need to produce the most complex design program that gave me exploded woodworking projects and compre- views of assemblies, perspective color hensive shop drawings.

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