On 12/7/2010 2:55 PM, blueman wrote:
> I would be interested also in more advanced tutorials highlighting
> different tips, techniques, and shortcuts along with more advanced
> usage that might be non-obvious.
I recall going through lots of tutorials before I figured out the most
basic of stuff, like how to set up the program for a wood worker. I
found this stuff not particularly intuitive and have no clue what
tutorials taught me this, some I figured out on my own, some I found in
tutorials, and most likely in my haste to learn, I may have skipped some
of this in the tutorials.
For beginners, I'll give some tips that help before going to a tutorial
that I learned over time:
First, you need a decent screen layout. Click on VIEWS, TOOLBARS and
Getting Started, its cluttered and redundant.
Large Tool Set
The last one, "Views" is important. It puts all the basic views, ISO,
front, back, top, sides on the tool bar. I found it really helpful
drawing stuff from a flat on view rather than an iso view when first
starting out, but even now, rather than fool with drawing to axes, a
flat front, top or side view is simple. Along with the View Extents on
the Large Tool set, you can always quickly get things back into
perspective when things get out of hand.
Next, go to Window, and select Model Info. Select Units and pick
fractional and something less precise. I use 1/16th, but probably
should use 1/8th.
This makes it easier to use the mouse to size things. I spend a lot of
time trying to get lengths to a half inch or 1/4" before giving up and
typing the numbers in. I still do, but this helps.
My next tip is hot keys. You must learn some always used hot keys for
woodworkers. These are imperative:
R is how most all woodworking projects get started, because most wood is
a rectangle. I was using Line a lot at first... nope, wrong way to draw
Pick a view, like front, and r and draw any size rectangle reasonably
close to size, enter it then type in the actual size, say 30,5.5 and you
will get a perfect 30" x 6" board. Next, hit P and make the thickness
to anything, then type in the real thickness, .75 or 1 1/2 or whatever.
Actually, I changed the P for push to V and made P paint. You do this in
Window, preferences, shortcuts. I use V a lot and I find P less
convenient, so I changed that shortcut.
Now, for my suggestion for a tutorial, I like this one by Gary Katz:
If you look at his desktop, you should see pretty much what I described
This tutorial is for a simple book case but it is a great tutorial for
woodworkers and should be done following along step by step with SU.
Once you can do everything he does w/o the tutorial, you are well on
your way and can develop your own style to do the same things your way,
as there are many.
Two more tutorial pages I have bookmarked:
I cut it twice and it's still too short...
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