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How many woodworkers use sketchup?

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under General Discussion

I am just wondering how many woodworkers use the Google program sketchup to create woodworking project plans. I have had the pleasure to work with sketchup artist and woodworker Bruce Beatty to create a plan on how to build wine cellar storage drawers. In my mind a great project created by the very talented woodworker, Bruce Beatty…

I feel this project has been a huge success and it has me now thinking that there must be more woodworkers out there using the sketch up program to build their own plans for projects and furniture…If you do, I would like feature your projects in a future post here at the Router Workshop…

If you do use Sketchup Please Comment here…


7 Responses to “How many woodworkers use sketchup?”

  1. Charles on May 7th, 2012 4:21 pm

    Never heard of it before.
    Don’t know what you are talking about.
    Charles, it is a 3 D modeling software used to create construction drawings for woodworking projects…this takes commitment to have the ability to not only build from a purchased plan but be able to move to the next level of woodworking….they design their own projects using their passion for woodworking and their 3D modeling skills.


  2. Gord on May 7th, 2012 5:15 pm

    Hi Rick – I use the program and swear by it. For one thing It’s fun to finally be able to “stretch a board” when you need to. It’s great to use the program to ‘prebuild’ something – to model it. When you’re constructing something (Barbeque Cart or a set of Steps, it’s great to pre-plan the project in 3D and see what you’ll have to do and how you’ll do it. How parts come together, maybe a ripped 1 X 6 would be better than 2 – 1/3′s? Correction or any form of modification is a snap. The program gives you dimensions down to 1/64th of an inch in any part of the model if you want them, The constructed model can be rotated, viewed in X ray mode, taken apart – viewed in layers, etc. I don’t start a project without modeling it first in Sketch Up – it’s a really really great tool.

  3. Neil Greene on May 7th, 2012 6:12 pm

    Seen it used, but never tried it. I’m trying to simplify my life not learn a new program.

  4. Jerry Ericsson on May 7th, 2012 9:33 pm

    I have it on my computer but have used it only to view others posted plans thus far. I used to be quite good with the computer but that was a few years ago and I fear I am a bit rusty now at picking up new software.

  5. john stark on May 8th, 2012 4:08 am

    I have attempted to use Sketchup twice. Once before a a users guide and once after I got the guide. The guide was helpful but it still required an investment in my time greater than it was worth to me. I am a DIY that makes one of a kind items from boxes to small boxes to large furniture items.. I use hand sketches and sometimes existing plans for my work.

  6. Jeff on May 8th, 2012 5:11 am

    Yes, I have used it but in minor ways. It’s great to download something & then modify to something that you want to manufacture.

    Best regards Jeff

  7. Scott on May 8th, 2012 9:39 am

    I use it, took some classes, need a lot more classes…
    I would like to learn how to take components that others have made and use them.
    Great idea Scott…might be a great resource that ties into my idea to build router jig and fixture sketchup models that are then brought to life and created with the inexpensive 3 D printers found on the Internet.