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post #1 of 115 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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I have tried several times to learn even the basics. I can't even follow the basic tutorials on You Tube. Bummer!

So, I will continue to do what I have done in the past - scratch pad and pencil. This has worked for me in the past.

I will say that I am not just shooting in the dark. I do know how to use Excel, and I have created a spreadsheet to help me calculate the various widths and lengths, drawer spacing, hardware slide lengths, etc.

Our daughter is expecting her second child the Week of Christmas so I need to get building. I have sent thee drawings to her to get approval,

Onward and upward.
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I feel your Sketchup pain. Furthermore, I can't use Excel, either.

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Mike--that's the best news i've heard all day. I thought i was the only one!!

Definitely interested in tour spreadsheet--i speak Excel. Actually started on VisiCalc, i'm sure a few others remember what /R meant!!

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Mike , like you I struggled with Sketchup , couldn't get to grips with it at all but I did persevere with it and eventually managed to design my summer house on it . ( and build to plan too ! ) There is still lots I can't do with it , but definitely worth the effort. Have another go with it .

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Thanks fellas. All sympathy greatly appreciated!

Earl, at one time, I was pretty good with Excel, but since I retired in 2008, I have forgot a lot. I still browse the Excel help forum and try stuff presented on You Tube.

My calculations are mostly add, subtract, SUM mostly.

I really like it when I want even spacing, say for multiple drawers. I enter the value in one drawer and enter that cells reference in the other drawer opening cells. Make one entry in the first cell and the others change. Makes it easy to sneak up on the correct size.

I add up the top rail, bottom rail, any mid rails and the drawer openings to get a total. Simply tweak the values until the total length matches what it is designed for.

When I drew it out on paper to scale, the figures were right on. :-)

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Try the tutorials from Matthias Wandel.

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Geez who needs Sketchup with penmanship like yours Mike

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Mike , like you I struggled with Sketchup , couldn't get to grips with it at all but I did persevere with it and eventually managed to design my summer house on it . ( and build to plan too ! ) There is still lots I can't do with it , but definitely worth the effort. Have another go with it .

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I was trying to learn it in my spare time Mike and making a little progress. I had another program that was windows based so I already understood the basics but Sketchup is designed to be 3D. I found a book on line about learning it in 10 minutes that was helpful. It shouldn't be hard to find.

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For what it is worth, I had trouble with Sketchup until I realized that one needs to think in 3d. If you are near my age, I learned what was called mechanical drawing. It was about 3 flat views of an object. If you can get to the point in Sketchup, where you can draw a square and then use push/pull to pull it into a cube, Sketchup will then become useful. At that point the 3d concept begins to make sense.

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