I'm jealous. I suck at any drawing, even sketchup. I was never very good
in drafting classes in school. Just passable. I could visualize it, but
it never looked like what I saw in my head... always just off.
I used autocad way back when, had problems with that too. Since I could
never see what I was drawing, scrolling back and forth...
I have tried sketchup a couple of times, and I just don't have that
ability. I find it slow, cumbersome, and still looks like hell compared
to my mental image.
I wind up drawing a rough (very rough sketch) putting notes about things
that will trip me up. sometimes the order of things so that I don't jump
ahead then wind up with something that can't be worked on once assembled.
I wish I could do sketchup.
You are more experienced than me, so please just take my words in the
thoughtful spirit with which they are intended.
You don't expect perfection on your first model of an item do you? Being
creative inherently involves taking a chance So design must be an
iterative process. Take what can learn from history, the work of
others, your previous designs, listen to what you think, and what
Swingman, Leon and others say, and cheerfully go where no man has gone
before! : )
SketchUp is not too slow once you get used to it, depending on what you
are trying to do of course. As suggested in the previous post, I'm
still trying to use it "right"-by making appropriate use of
*components*. I usually start off on the right foot and then violate
the rule before I'm finished. I use the software about once a month or
so. I'm am due to de-design my "entertainment center", and I think about
molding whenever my mind is clear. Gosh, it wasn't so long ago that I
never thought about molding! ; )
IIRC, the work "art" and "craft" were derived from the same word
(implying their relation). If anything thinks I might have that wrong,
I will happily look op my source ~a book on architectural wood carving
currently in another room. Have fun!
Actually, SU is precision personified, but yours is quite a common first
reaction for almost all of us who use the product.
Most download it and reinstall about three times before the light
finally comes on ... my initial reaction was that it was simply too
cartoonish to be of any value (I have an inherent dislike of cartoons,
of any kind).
Damn, was I wrong. :)
And, besides using it for all eWoodShop projects the past six years, a
few years back I built a $350k custom home for a client using SketchUp
for all construction, bidding and permit documents, including the
Framing Plan. The Foundation Plan was done by the PE, but I did 3D model
the foundation for bidding and fabrication since it was so unique:
When that light finally comes on, and the value of being able to view a
3D model for design and concise fabrication details ...particularly for
those of us missing the designer gene ... there is no way you will ever
go back in the shop, or embark upon a new construction project, without
first doing a bit of 3D modeling ... the benefits are simply too huge to
Now, imagine being able to do an accurate virtual walk-around and get
many different perspectives before you cast the thing in concrete.
You'll do just fine ... those of us who have "seen the light" simply
like to do a bit of preaching on all aspects of the woodworking religion. :)
On Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:15:31 -0800 (PST), Amy Guarino
When I first started with Sketchup I couldn't get it to do anything
right, until I read some here. Someone mentioned that it's NOT a CAD
program, rather a 3-D MODELING program. Thinking about that statement
for a while got my mind twisted around to understanding what I was
doing. The next time I picked up Sketchup the whole thing became
You have to think about building objects, not making measurements. The
measurements come later.
You'll find a 3D model will be far more accurate and will allow more
Have fun. After all, that's the whole point. OTOH, after using
Sketchup, I'd never go back to 2D drawings.
On 12/31/2012 9:58 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That would probably be moi ... I kept having to repeatedly point that
out to Robatoy in our many initial argum... err, conversations about
Bless his heart, that boy sure liked to push buttons when given the
We miss you, Bubba ...
I bounce back and forth at times. Sometimes I'll take the 2D drawing and
redo it in Sketchup, and other times I'll take the Sketchup model and redo
it in 2D. There are just some things that lend themselves better to one
format or another.
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