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post #1 of 11 Old 11-16-2015, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

This is my first post on WWT. I have some basic tools and am looking to build some simple furniture. It's been a few decades since I've done any of this. When I did, it started on a drafting table with paper and a T-square. I almost went that route again when it occurred to me that there must be some software that could save me some time and frustration; drawing and erasing and starting over, etc. The first thing I saw was Sketchup, which looked pretty cool ... until I saw the price.

I started to "sketch up" some plans in Excel but, Excel doesn't lend itself well to woodworking plans either. I want quality but I'm just in this as a hobby. Got a baby on the way and can't splurge.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-17-2015, 03:30 PM
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Sketchup pro is expensive, however sketchup is free:
http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make

I need cheaper hobby
etsy.com/shop/projectepicfail
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Sketchup pro is expensive, however sketchup is free:
http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make
Well, why didn't you say so! Just kidding, I'll give that a go.

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Seems like a robust software application. Any suggestions on how to get started?
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Play with it. There are tutorials galore on how to do specific things, but seriously, the best way to learn sketchup is to just play with everything. Make a box, or a fork, or a sphere. Find something you want to build and replicate it in sketchup just because

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There's also plenty of YouTube videos for sketch up.
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I'll do my worst. Thanks!
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I'll do my worst. Thanks!
Believe me, you cant do any worse than i did. You have no idea how long it took me to model a box...

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Start with this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPHcnIJhcT0

Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Cool I think I may just get somewhere with this...

I've just watched those first two videos that the presenter classified as the introduction and although all the icons are in different places in the new version of the program they still look the same and everything seems to work so smoothly! I draw a line and see it's not the length I want? Simple, just type in the length I want and boom! the line is either shortened or lengthened! This is very cool, thank you so very much!

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You said you’re interested in building furniture. There are “standard” sizes for furniture. And although we can deviate from standard a little bit, you can go wrong fast if you move too far from standard.
Examples: Standard height for a dining table is 30”. All coffee tables are usually within 2” of the same height. Same with chair seat height, etc, etc.
So, when making furniture, the primary decisions involve choosing your design and choosing the type wood you want to use.
You said above simple furniture. You might find some ideas if you search your new piece by name on Pinterest.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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