A frequent question readers ask about drawing in SketchUp is how to get an exploded view of their model. I confess that when I started using SketchUp a few years ago I also looked in the Menu Bar, searching for a tool that could make that exploded view for me automatically. But it wasn’t there. Read on “Explode your model in SketchUp” »
Category : Sketchup tips
What comes first, the tenon or the mortise? I don’t have an answer for that, every woodworker has his own thought about this topic. What I can tell you is what is good to do in SketchUp and maybe this will help you later in deciding if the mortise comes before the tenon or vice versa.
If you’ve been using SketchUp for a while, you’ve certainly heard talking about plugins.
But what is exactly a plugin? Many of you already know that, but let me just introduce this feature for those who just heard of them, but actually never used them. Read on “Introducing plugins for SketchUp” »
A fellow woodworker asked me about the procedure to draw a cabriole leg. I realize that this is a very common question among SketchUp users, so here is a quick and effective technique to have it.
Among the most used tools in SketchUp, the Push/Pull tool certainly has a place of honor. Thanks to this tool we can transform a 2D face in a 3D model. And this is the reason why we all use Google SketchUp: we like 3D models!
In this post I’ll give you an overview of the tool, focusing on some common practices, usually overlooked by beginners, which will help you using it more efficiently. Read on “A closer look at the Push/Pull tool” »
Dovetails! How many of them have you cut or, at least, would you like to cut? Dovetails are considered as one of the most beautiful joints in woodworking and, every time we open a drawer, we look for them and give that piece of furniture a value depending on their presence or not. Read on “Easy and fast dovetails in SketchUp” »
A couple of days ago I was watching my son writing an sms on his mobile. I was impressed by the strange language he used, abbreviated words that have nothing to do with our normal way of speaking.
Whether you are new to SketchUp or a consumed user, you may want to consider an important aspect when using it. This is related to the use of shortcuts while drawing. Read on “Using shortcuts in SketchUp” »
In the first part of this tutorial, I introduced the powerful use of two copying tools: Move and Rotate. The basic function of these tools is to move and rotate an object, but when used in conjunction with the Ctrl key, they make one or more copies of that object.
Wow! And when could this be useful when drawing a piece of furniture? Many, many times, believe me. And like the Move tool, the Rotate tool will help you to dramatically reduce your drawing time and getting better results. Read on “Need a copy? SketchUp Move and Rotate tools can help you. Part 2” »
A fellow asked in a forum how to modify a single instance of a component. This question emerged after reading my post on Components versus Groups. To explain this simple process I decided to use the top of my Roubo style workbench, because I think is quite adaptable to illustrate the technique I used. Read on “A short post on how to make a component unique” »
Is copying a good practice? It depends, you might say. It wasn’t at school, ok, we know that, but it comes handy when we want to dramatically increase our productivity when drawing with SketchUp.
In a previous post I emphasized the importance of using components when creating a model and I described how useful are components, because their copies, or instances, get modified at one time just acting on one of them.
But how is it possible to make a copy of a component or, generally speaking, of any geometry in our model?
The answer is called “Move Tool” and “Rotate tool”. Read on “Need a copy? SketchUp Move and Rotate tools can help you. Part 1” »