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Charlotte Griffin
Charlotte Griffin
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10/26/2015
Love the project illustrations here. How are they made?
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Build Something
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10/26/2015
Build Something
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The illustrations you see in our Certified plans are created using a program called SketchUp. You can do the same, too, because there’s a free version called SketchUp Make available, which you can download here.

SketchUp Make does nearly everything that the SketchUp Pro version we use does. You can model almost anything you can imagine in 3D, and then create view models with callouts, dimensions, etc. DIYers, woodworkers, and even architects use SketchUp to create everything from simple boxes to entire buildings with landscapes.

Of course, you’ll have to learn how to use the program, but there are lots of tutorials online. Since it’s free, you have nothing to lose by downloading a copy and playing around. It’s a great way to design your own projects; perfect for creating project plans that you’d like to post here on buildsomething.com

Charlotte Griffin wrote:
Love the project illustrations here. How are they made?
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Erin Masterson
Erin Masterson
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1/5/2016
Erin Masterson
Erin Masterson
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THANK YOU!!!! I downloaded it last night. Fingers crossed I can figure it out! Hopefully, I can get these plans looking a little more professional and a little less like "those are iPhone photos" :)
Erin
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Mike Pace
Mike Pace
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1/16/2016
Mike Pace
Mike Pace
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Started using Sketchup the other day. Found it easier to load it both on my laptop and my desk top. I then have the tutorial, or online videos running on the laptop and try to replicate what is going on using the desk top. You the have the ability to stop the instruction while you try what is being taught. For an old guy like me this works out well.
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Jennifer Sanjines
Jennifer Sanjines
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3/7/2016
It is a very easy to use program. I would encourage you to explore the keyboard shortcuts and also things that it does to help make your math accurate such as dividing and copying and pasting! Very powerful tool for being free. I used the pro version in design school for years but have been able to build plenty with the free version after I was out of school. Good luck! It's really fun and time saving, makes you more confident once you go to your shop to build because you feel like you have built it already.
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Jeff Burr
Jeff Burr
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3/24/2016
Jeff Burr
Jeff Burr
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Jay Bates has a playlist on YouTube that helped me understand Sketchup pretty well. Good luck!
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Alicia Noonan
Alicia Noonan
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8/24/2016
Alicia Noonan
Alicia Noonan
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I am new to carpentry. Does this software Sketch up help me to put my ideas on virtual paper?
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Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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10/15/2016
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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Alicia Noonan wrote:
I am new to carpentry. Does this software Sketch up help me to put my ideas on virtual paper?


Here is an article from wood magazine. The world's most accessible design software lets you plan your woodworking projects with confidence and realism.

Sketch Up is one of the world's most accessible software design packages. It helps you visualize a project, test dimensions and proportions, and gain confidence for the build. This article walks you through some of Sketch Up's basic features and then dives a little deeper to look at some of the ways the CAD program can be invaluable for woodworkers. If you would like to read the full article let me know. I have been using this cad program for about 2- years I love it and so easy to use, from my office to my shop is the way to go .
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Joseph Brown
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10/16/2016
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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How do you prepare for a successful build?
To prepare for a successful build you ask There are about 6 steps for a successful project. #1 you have a mental project it's in your mind,but how do you pull it out? if you have a computer go into your word program all projects start out buy planing and more planing #2 write down everything that comes to you NOTE TO SELF if you were to look at my computer you would think I am writing a book!
#3 Strat figure out the size will it work in the space you have planed for your project? #4 Estimate estimate X"3 know cost the start to finish then add extra. $5 The layout I don't know your art skills but I do have 30 years of wood working under my belt. you must have plan on paper. Let me tell you the best kept secret SKETCHUP before that there was Doodle you doodle look like a first grader drew it for you. LOL! and now there what they call CAD Sketchup so easy to use and so cool to see your project come alive!! And last #6 go spend $$$ off you go and in your shop now build and finish. what tools you need? how much tools do you need and space. I started with a drill skill saw framing square and 10 X 12 wash room. Enjoy and go out and build : )
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Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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4/23/2017
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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Brett Hollenbeck wrote:
Does anyone know of a good app for creating plans that works on an iPad?
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Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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4/23/2017
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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Brett, to me the best way is too buy a SD Card that has an adapter (a mini SD card) then go on line where you can find many free wood working plans once you download from your computer insert the mini card to your iPad, our if you are talking about a program that will allow to to draw out plans to load on to your iPad, sketch up with that in
mind that too will as well.
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Brett Hollenbeck
Brett Hollenbeck
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4/23/2017
Joseph Brown wrote:
Brett, to me the best way is too buy a SD Card that has an adapter (a mini SD card) then go on line where you can find many free wood working plans once you download from your computer insert the mini card to your iPad, our if you are talking about a program that will allow to to draw out plans to load on to your iPad, sketch up with that in
mind that too will as well.


Thanks Joseph for the tip. I'll give that a try.
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Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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4/25/2017
Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown
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Scehup is.a good way start off
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Carl Butt
Carl Butt
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1/4/2018
Carl Butt
Carl Butt
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Jeff Burr wrote:
Jay Bates has a playlist on YouTube that helped me understand Sketchup pretty well. Good luck!


Jeff where can i get skp files for sketchup of drawings on Kreg?
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Robert Pique
Robert Pique
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8/25/2018
Robert Pique
Robert Pique
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good one
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