Learn Sketch Up Tools

Logo_SketchUp_PRo    Hey everybody I am doing a series of videos on Sketch Up’s (download here) tool set. I thought that it was a great idea to do some  short separate videos on each individual Sketch Up tool. I believe that this will be beneficial to the user who is a new beginner or one who just wants a quick refresher on a certain tool. They will be relatively short videos, depending on the tool of course, and in that respect should save time for one to find just the info they need at that particular point in there project. I have been doing a model in the past and wanted info just on a particular tool or part of  one and had to either watch a lot of content that I didn’t need at that moment or try and search for my answer which also wasted a good bit of time. I hope that these quick videos will be of some help because I know that they are helping me out tremendously! What I mean by that is by doing these videos I feel the need to research each tool and find out exactly how it works and to what extent. How it relates to my projects and how I can better and more economically use Sketch Up. I am innately lazy so to do this unless I have a good reason it wouldn’t get done. I hope you all enjoy and learn as much as I am and if I have missed something please let me know so I can add that to the video. If you have the capability send me a video of your skills and interpretation of the tool and I will add it to mine!

Links for tools:

(I will keep adding as I do them so please subscribe on You Tube or sign up here to get notified by email)

Select Tool

Eraser Tool

Line Tool

Rectangle Tool

Circle tool

Polygon Tool


Offset tool


Shop tour

Work Bench
Work Bench

I have shot a tour video of my one car garage shop and I hope you all enjoy it. Here is the link to that video https://www.youtube.com. If you do not like it and think I can do better  please drop me a note and let me know what you are thinking. If you like it then please subscribe and hit the like button for me on my You Tube channel page. These are the first few videos I have done and I hope to get better at this. I really enjoy doing them but I have run across a little snag as of late which has hampered my shooting of more videos. I have had a back surgery and it has pretty much stopped me from doing much at all. I am thinking that I would like to do more sketch up videos because I can do those sitting down. If you all would want something in particular just let me know and I will work on it for you. Thanks for stopping by and as always “If I can do it than so can you”! 

You Tube #1

This is my first You Tube video! Hopefully there will be plenty more to come on a weekly basis. I decided to do this as my first video because it is a very important tool in my shop.  This is where it all starts with any project I do. By starting here and getting my idea or sketch into a printable drawing with dimensions is by far the biggest time saver that I have. I remember long stretches circling the shop or just sitting there thinking what the next move was or how I was going to fix the wrongly cut piece laughing quietly laying before me on my bench. Another plus with 3D programs is that you get a feel for how it will really look and a better sense of it’s scale.Noel Stand If a leg looks to fat to thin or the top has to long of an overhang. Then again this can be the exact reason why you need a program like this. You want to break all the rules and are looking at this thing you just drew on your work top bench thinking this is just not right, but….. All your senses and artistic intuition is telling you that it’s right it will be gorgeous! That’s when Sketch up steps in and really shines. You can model that piece to your specific dimensions or it can be scaled to that perfect awkward, breaking all the rules masterpiece. The perfect piece that was blinding you the night before as you lay awake trying to work out the math. If you can not tell I am a big fan of Sketch Up. By no means am I a proficient user. I am just beginning to break into all the potential this program holds. I think that is a major reason why I am incorporating a section on my channel to Sketch Up is because it will help me to learn and become a capable user. Or I may just end up looking like an idiot. This is the part you get to decide. I hope it will be the firmer and you will be a happy subscriber who keeps returning to see what is coming up next week. Thanks for stopping by and as always “If I can do it so can you”!