SketchUp 8 tutorials

These tutorials are based on the older SketchUp 8, not the new web based versions. I drew all my plans with the free Sketchup 8 from 2012 and continue to use that version. If you have the older version 8, I recommend sticking with that. If you have a never version, I recommend you go back to version 8. You can still Download (old) SketchUp 8, It's free, fast and only 35 megabytes.

Sketchup versions from 2013 onwards only allowed you to install the much larger full pro evaluation version, which after 8 hours of usage disables the "pro only" features, but leaving you with much more stuff on your hard drive.

And at some point the free version became a version that only runs in your browser. I only briefly tried the web version and didn't like it, though it's a good if you only want to view an existing cad model.

At this time (July 2020) you can still download good old SketchUp 8 (from 2012) here:
Windows: http://dl.trimble.com/sketchup/gsu8/FW-3-0-16846-EN.exe
Mac: http://dl.trimble.com/sketchup/gsu8/FM-3-0-16845-EN.dmg

Tutorial 1: Navigating a drawing, and objects.

The plan that I'm loading is this student desk plan

Tutorial 2: Drawing objects with accurate dimensions - drawing a simple table


Tutorial 3: Drawing mortise and tenon joinery


Tutorial 4: Embellishing the drawing - adding colours rounds and chamfers

You can download the SketchUp model that I finished in the above video.



Tutorial 5: Using scenes and layers together to make multiple views

You can download the model that I created in this tutorial.


Tutorial 6:

The behaviour of nested objects, layers, and colour inheritance

You can download the sketchup file that I started with in this tutorial.



Tutorial 7:

From SketchUp to SVG for laser cutter using FlightsOfIdeas plugin


Tutorial 8:

Drawing a clock face with SketchUp: Circles, Rotations, and objects


A bit more about how I use sketchup:

This video is a bit about how I make a printable 1:1 drawing using my BigPrint program


More videos with SketchUp:
3D reindeer on the bandsaw
Bandsaw sawmill CAD model flythryough


Also see Jay Bates Woodworking sketchup tutorials for lots and lots videos showing specific techniques.

And here's another collection of SketchUp tutorials on YouTube

See also:

Make large 1:1 printouts
using my My BigPrint
program

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