Google Sketch Up

Pin It Last night, I sat down and I read Ana White's tutorial on her website on how to use Google Sketch Up to draw out furniture plans onto a step-by-step cad program.  Ana uses the program to create great tutorials for furniture pieces to make yourself.

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I had to admit that after taking two drafting classes in high school and drawing out house plans on graph paper since I was a child, using this program wasn't much of a leap.  It did take a bit of time to learn the short cuts and to make it look good to use as a diagram for my building plans, but I sketched the Larger Copy Cat Nesting Table last night and I am going to post to the blog tonight.

I'm also almost finished with the small nesting table sketch, so maybe I can go ahead and add it all tonight and just not have the finished photos to go along with it until this weekend.

This week I'll be slowly adding sketch plans to all my other build projects, it case anyone wants to make them for their house. 

Thank you for your patience.  I know many have been asking for the plans to go along with the photos.

Happy Building!  Karen  :)


  1. I have been learning sketch up too! I have just recently become acquainted with Ana, she has tons of great stuff on her site! I hope to someday build up a selection of project plans on my blog...when the little one lets me get some work done! :)

    I'm a CAD Tech so sketch up was a little frustrating because it's not like AutoCAD but in reality I think it's much easier I just had to adjust!

    Good Luck!!

  2. Thanks. I hope I can at least make my basic plans come to life on the program. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  3. ha, don't expect anything grande from me! :) I like to build primitives and rustic things not the fancy knock-offs. :) Here is a blog link of a few of the furniture items I made a sold a couple of years ago.

    Have a great day!

  4. oh, I am still useless trying to use sketchup and still scribble all my plans down with pen and paper. I tell myself it's cool and old school. Love Ana's site, and now addicted to yours.