My first SketchUp project was a success!


#1

My need: I do bonsai trees as a hobby. In 20 years, I’ve amassed far too many bonsai pots. I needed an outdoor storage solution that would allow access to my pots plus a top deck that would give me room to grow my trees. I did a paper sketch and then repeated it in Adobe Illustrator. I knew a CAD program would do it, but I don’t know CAD.

SketchUp to the rescue! It took a bit of getting used to, but in a few hours I had the entire unit designed. Then I decided to explore the program a bit, added textures, made some bonsai pots, and by the next day, I had an assembly manual on how to build the pot-rack/bonsai-bench complete with all the measurements of all the components.

Here’s a three photo gallery showing the problem, the SketchUp, and the implementation:

Here’s the 16 scene gallery on how to build it:

I know I didn’t do this how an architect or furniture designer would lay it out. But I’d still like feedback on the work I did. I’ll be happy to answer any questions anyone has regarding my work.

Thanks to all the help I got by just searching for it and to the SketchUp team who built this product.


#2

Blood brilliant, it is a joy to see someone getting the most out of the software and the forum.
Well done.


#3

This is so great to see! Thanks so much for sharing.


#4

Very nice work.

One caveat. Even exterior treated wood will rot quickly sitting on concrete. Consider heavy duty casters or jack feet to get the base off the ground.