SketchUp: Drawing a table

SketchUp: Drawing a table

So, in this video, I’m
gonna draw a small table. But before we get
started, I want to change a few of the settings.
So, by default, we are in the
architectural style. And the architectural style
has got these thick lines with a kind of a little
marker on all the corners. And if you’re
designing something like a piece
of furniture, that’s really not ideal,
so let’s go under Window Styles and I’ll
select the… the Engineering
style. And that takes away the horizon
and it makes the lines nice and thin,
which is ideal. Next thing we
want to do is change the units. By default,
SketchUp likes to be in inches, I’ve already changed
this over to be in metric. So I want to be in Decimal and I
like to design in Centimeters. And I’ll set the precision
to be 0.1 centimeters. And Length Snapping of .1
centimeter, 1 millimeter, that works out
very well. So, it’s really important
that you set your units especially metric versus
imperial before you get started, because if you switch
between metric and imperial after you start a drawing,
nothing works out to a nice and
round unit. OK, now that we’re
done setting up, we have Susan here. She’s part of the default
set-up when you start SketchUp. She’s kind of shallow. She’s
really just a silhouette but she’s always
facing us. It’s good to keep her around
while you’re getting started because she gives you a
nice sense of perspective. So, I’m gonna start my
table by drawing a leg. And I want that leg to be 4.5
by 4.5 centimeters so… I’m gonna draw,
just a rectangle. And you’ll notice in
the bottom right, that the dimensions
are displayed. So, I’m going to click
on here and then enter 4.5, 4.5 that means I
want the rectangle to be 4.5 by 4.5
centimeters. When I push enter, the rectangle
becomes that size. So, let’s zoom in
on that a bit. So, basically
there’s our rectangle. Now to
create a solid, we use the
push/pull tool or extrude tool as other
people may call it. And I’m gonna turn this
and extrude it into a solid shape, and I
want that shape… I want that leg to be
70 centimeters long. Now notice again on
the bottom right it shows how long it currently
is and if I type in 70, that becomes exactly
70 centimeters long. So, there’s
our table leg Now I want to draw some
apron rails for this table. So, I’m going to again
draw a rectangle. And let’s draw this. And I
want that apron rail to be 1.9 thick by about 8
centimeters wide. So, we’re close to that
on the bottom right, but I’ll enter
that as 8, 1.9. And now let’s
extrude that out, and I want that 60
centimeters long. Now, you’ll notice that this
has just become one shape, in fact it’s impossible for
me to move this part here. I can’t even move this thing
because it’s, kind of, stuck to the leg. So, this
is our next thing, we need objects. So, I’m gonna
hit backspace a few times, to undo what
I’ve just done. And I’m gonna turn this
leg into an object, so that the next thing that I
draw doesn’t become stuck to it. So, I’ll
triple-click on it. And then I’ll
select this tool. And I’ll call
that Table Leg. So this is now
an object. And if I want to
edit this thing, I have to
double-click on it to open it and now I
can do things to it. But I’m gonna leave this
leg as it is for now. So now, once again, let’s
draw our apron rail. And I can draw this
on the face here. And I’m gonna draw
this at 8, 1.9. And I’ll extrude that
out 60 centimeters. So there’s our
apron rail. Now let’s make
that an object. So, triple-click on it
to select all that. Notice that it doesn’t select
the leg, because the leg is in it’s
own object. And the triple-click doesn’t
select things into the object. So, create an
object of that. So, there’s our
apron rail. And now let’s
take that leg, and make a copy of it. And I’m
holding down Control as I drag this along, and
you’ll notice the line that I’m dragging
along is red. Basically, if I’m dragging along
an axis and it snaps to that, here’s along the
green axis. Here’s along
the red axis. That will drag it along the
axis nice and parallel. So, now I’ve got
two legs here. Now, the apron rail doesn’t
look very good if it’s just flush with the table leg. So,
I’m gonna take this apron rail, I’ll select the Move
tool, and I will move it in a little bit. And because
I like to keep things nice and known dimensions, I want
that half a centimeter. So, if you’d watch on the
bottom right, I can drag that to .5 centimeters. It’s a
bit tricky to do that. It’s easier to just punch
in the number that I want. So now we
have two legs for our table. So, now let’s
create another apron rail. Now we’ve already got
this apron rail here. And I just need to
rotate that around to get one on
this side. So, let’s rotate
that apron rail. So, I’m gonna select
the apron rail. And select the
rotate tool. And I’m just gonna
put…go on this face. Now I notice this
circle is blue. And that’s because we’re
rotating about the blue axis. And I’ll
rotate…Oops. OK, now I’ve just
rotated that but I actually wanted
to make a copy. So undo that. And now I’m gonna hit control
and again rotate that, and now I’m
copying. Now that rail is not exactly
where we want it to be. So let’s use the move tool and
I’ll take to the corner of it. And now drag that
to the corner… here. And it’s snapped
to that corner And now let’s move it in
by half a centimeter. And I’m just gonna
enter that, .5. And there is our
second apron rail. Now, let’s
take the legs, an apron rail that
we’ve already got, and we need to
copy that over to create the next
pair of legs, so… I’ll use this
Move tool, I’ll hit Control,
and I’ll move it. And there’s our
next set of rails. Now, you’ll notice that the
apron rail is on the inside. I could just
move that. But I actually want to
flip this whole thing so that when I go on
and do the joinery, the orientation is correct.
So, I’m gonna right-click
on this, flip long and I’m gonna
do the green direction. So there we go. And now let’s take
this apron rail, and again Control Drag,
to move it. Zooming in here, put
if flush, and now .5 centimeters, and there
we have our apron rails. And Susan is standing right
in the middle of our table. We now have a pretty
good sense of scale, for this little table here so we
really don’t need Susan anymore, so let’s select Susan
and delete her. So, now we need a
top for our table. Do I’m gonna
select the square rectangle tool
and I’m gonna draw a rectangle or a square
right on top of the table. And now we have essentially
just a 2-dimensional surface. So, let’s
select this, use the push/pull
tool and I want that to be 2
centimeters thick. So I’m gonna drag
this, pull it off, and I’m gonna enter
2 centimeters. And there is
the table top. Now that really doesn’t
look very good. I actually want
that table top to overhang the edges a
little bit, so I’m gonna select this edge here and
again use the push/pull tool. I’m gonna drag it out
by 5 centimeters. I’m just gonna enter that.
And I’ll do that on every side. And
drag that out. 5 centimeters. Now an
interesting thing is if we have nothing
selected, and we select the
push/pull tool, it will apply to whatever
we have the mouse on top. So I can just do
this, 5 centimeters, and then move around, I don’t
have to do separate select I can just again, go
here and 5 centimeters. And there we have a nice little
card table. In the next video,I’m
gonna do some joinery to actually do the joints
that connect this thing, and embellish the
table a little bit.


  • Matthias Wandel says:

    Because you use commas for your numbers, because of your locale. Switch your computer to "us, english", and then 4.5,4.5 is what you need to type.

  • James Finn says:


  • Karmosoap says:

    Thanks Matthias

  • Rusty Case says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, Matthias.
    Looks like a good program to learn.

  • DonQuichotteLiberia says:

    "We have Susan here. […] She's kind of shallow, she's just a silhouette." Haha, great! 

  • davdal33 says:

    Poor suzan gets used and just deleted

  • joy alden Diaz says:

    i want susan back….nice tutorial anyway

  • Rob Damen says:

    Hi mattias, I just started using sketchup, after seeing some of your tutorials which were very helpful. Thanks so much for that. The thing is, when I'm practising in sketchup, and I selected the same style as you did, my faces are still transparant, so I can see the edges and axes throug all the faces. I find this very annoying, and I have tried lots of options, without good results. Do you have a solution for this? Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

  • Colin Riley says:

    That helped me a lot thanks. 

  • Vicks VapoRub says:

    Thank you very much for the detailed explanation. I am a regular visitor of your channel, so it is eaisier for me to follow compared to when watching any other Sketchup tutorials.

  • cpaesano says:

    Thank you for putting up this good tutorial.  It helped me a lot.  By the way, what screen recording software are you using?  I would like to record sales procedures and tecnical detail tutorials for my staff.  Thanks in advance.

  • Dudley Wilson says:

    I'm surprised, you come from a background that requires precise language.  The "objects" that you created are actually components.  Precise language just happens to be one of my hot buttons.  That small detail aside, thanks for taking the time to do these videos.  Great job on as well.

  • surin singh says:

    1 Day ago,I get 4 leg of table ^ ^
    Thk you

  • Piotr Marczak says:

    poor Susan 🙁 

  • Christopher Olsen says:

    Just DL'd this program because I wanted to build a custom desk to the quality of that of a professional woodworker.  I would have gave up on it due it being too much to deal with unless I saw this video.  TY so much

  • Michael Kondrashin says:

    Dear Matthias, please let me share with you one trick that makes dull push-pull operations faster: After pulling first side of table top by precise distance (5 cm), you can just double click on other three sides ad Sketchup will pull them by same distance – no need to input 5 cm manually.

  • Chris G says:

    Sketchup is horrible.

  • RoanCorporation says:

    awesome video man , thanks for sharing 

  • Abdulla Nurmohamed says:

    I cannot select engineering, are you using the pro model

  • William Alvarez says:

    this is awesome videos!

  • Jim Hester says:

    Great tutorial as always, Matthias. I have one question. When you rotate the legs and apron rail at 5:40, I'm having trouble getting the copied rail to end up anywhere near where yours did. It's usually out from the leg, and a bit to one side or the other. I then have to move it quite a bit  I guess I don't know where to click the starting point properly. Any ideas? Thanks.

  • B Eric Ivers says:

    Thank you very much for the help.

  • Fredwitrave says:

    Great! Thank You

  • phlytyer says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • Ted St. John says:

    Thank you for the tutorials- very nice work.  Do you know why some of us cannot find the option for "Engineering Style?" Perhaps it has been removed from Version 15?  

  • The Man from Epsilon Crucis says:

    Best tutorial on using SketchUp I have seen so far, and I have seen a lot!  You earnt my subscription!  Thank you so much.

  • Chanpiseth Bun says:

    Am I the only one that is sad about Susan?

  • Alex Jones says:

    thanx man…this helps me out alot

  • Lord Thovarisk says:

    VERY nice thankyou!!

  • Kazvy says:

    Wow! this tutorial is fast and easy to understand. Thankyou for making this, i hope you made more sketchup tutorials.

  • Wishella Dalila says:


  • gjerdeanders says:

    Thanks alot Matthias, you are a very good teacher

  • Julia Poly says:

    Thanx a lot, very comprehensive:)

  • Josh3292 says:

    @Matthias Wandel where your saved components are stored? I can't find them anythere.

  • Dan .marinescu says:

    matthias what year is ur sketchup?

  • Orange says:

    Still, after watching this, I cannot work out how to just create one leg, copy it 4 times and drag them around onto a flat panel. It's amazing how many ways this program can thwart what you want to do – every time I go to move something, something else is stuck to it

  • Regolith says:

    I tried using SketchUp 8 but I couldn't, the newer version has lots of features this one doesn't have.

  • Tony mah says:


  • JJ Hogg says:

    Thanks Matthias, it was a great help!

  • Alias KaSiin says:

    I just watched the official tutorial for 17mins and I learned much more from your video. Thanks!

  • Willie Swyer says:

    I recently bought the Read Watch Do Instructional for Sketchup not realising that you had this video series. I intend to get a handle on this eventually and I just want to say that you are an exceptional teacher. His ebook covers a tremendous amount of material and is a great resource but I like the way you just cut to the chase. Great job Matthias.

  • Appalachhia Hues LLC. says:

    do you have to purchase sketchup in order to actually change the length value opposed to using the free 30 day trial?

  • joops110 says:

    You're very good at explaining things. You take us through every step of your thought process, I see it in a lot of your videos. A born teacher.

  • James Peralta says:

    thx it helped

  • James Peralta says:

    im in school in my clas designing a table

  • Elm Chris says:

    Using Sketchup 2016 Version 16.1.1…..where is the Engineering style template?

  • adam1990000 says:

    I made the same table,but i have to used steel hinges at the corners because i dont have skills and machinery for joints.The result is a nice table made out of a second world war era shiny lacquered east european wardrobe door desktop and wooden stair railings. 🙂

  • Jake Nelson says:

    This was such a good tutorial, I feel like I learnt so much of the basics from this one video. Thanks for your help.

  • Morris Thompson says:

    Thanks Matthias! Very good tutorial, actually the best so far.

  • Christopher Martone says:

    the new version apparently is way too complicated for me. I can't change the measurements like you did, and "susan" does not show up

  • Ramesh s says:

    very good tutorial itsi really helpful and sir i have new version of sketch up in this version some option is missing like model info so is it possible to make drawing in new version 2016 sketch up

  • Sergey says:


  • John Gringo says:

    How can change dimensions of the rectangle for example? Lets say I made a mistake and i entered 4.2,4.5 in the box ( manually) but now I want to fix the mistake. I can't find any info on this, beside scale…..which is useless.

  • jrom hek says:

    Learning by imitating you .
    Thanks a lot , no nonsense talk just going to target .

  • DannyPlayz | Minecraft & More | says:

    There's no styles

  • pingaw says:

    i don't even do joinery, or design classes but this is one of the best tutorial videos i've seen. might use it for drawing up future room setups. thanks vm.

  • Barry Wind says:

    Programs of this magnitude need to be intuitive when it is being used. This would stop an easter egg hunt to find the next step in use. If I were younger I would go to work for Microsoft to make windows really shine instead of nibbling around the edges to make it work better… that process is a never ending job and customers will flee to the first OS that shows a promise of intuitiveness.

  • briansmobile1 says:

    Dude, end cards. You don't have to re shoot the video- just go to edit, get rid of annotations, click end screen & annotations, add element, and then put in a link (like you have in text in this video) into the open field there and click save. That's it. Now your viewers can find and navigate to your woodgears easier and are 1000% more likely to do it instead of having to type it in. Love ya man!

  • Stephen James says:

    not sure but I think when you say "object" you mean "group"?

  • dean woodward says:

    At ~6:40, you have two legs and two apron rails. select the whole mess, copy it, and rotate 180 degrees. Boom, four legs and four rails.

  • Brad Foster says:

    When i draw the top of the table and drag it up, it leaves the corners missing, this is really stumping my progress, please someone help.

  • Thorsten Petersen says:

    god video alle i vores klasse elsker den

  • Mike Barrett says:

    Thanks for this! Made sketchup a lot easier for me. I always used AutoCAD and programs like that.

  • Nassim says:

    6:10 Ugh…. it took me half an hour

  • Swanke Creations says:

    Good tutorial but you should always group your shapes before starting another one so they dont stick and you can move them around without hassle.

  • Ken Anderson says:

    love your videos, Was wondering if you could do one on adding a .dae file to sketchup please. Thank you

  • Garry Dye says:

    3:49 – Adding the component tool.

    1) Click View
    2) Click Customize toolbar
    3) 2nd row….very top…."make component".

    Took me about 20 minutes to find this…2017 Sketchup.

  • Garry Dye says:

    4:33 Duplicating the object and moving it.

    Select the Move tool ( ) from the toolbar or press M. The cursor changes to a four-way arrow. To tell SketchUp that you want to duplicate the selected entities, press and release the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (Mac OS X) key. Next to the four-way arrow cursor, a plus sign appears. Click the selected entities.

  • DGB says:

    Wow this looks very easy thanks

  • Rolf H. says:

    I'm using the sketchup for the first time and this video helped me very well. Thank you.

  • Alexander Wayne says:

    Sick !!! I am ready to Build !!!! thank you !!!!

  • Born Boy says:

    Pretty good tutorial. Thanks. I'm just started learning SketchUp.

    Subbed for more.

  • Pedro Barbosa says:

    thank you so much matthias; your tutorials for sketchup are the best.

  • I Design Studio says:

    thanks for this video ..very nice video..we also provide tutorial video of sketchup for interior designing..

  • animosity IV says:

    Thank you very much, good sir!!

  • markforrestsm says:

    Thanks, appreciate the tutorial.

  • willie boggs says:

    Just downloaded sketchup. Its a far cry from MicroStation. But then again, MicroStation is a bit ponderous for woodworking. This is a great video tutorial. Keep it up.

  • Angel Caban says:

    Love what your doing.

  • Lance Rubin says:

    Just a question. I have never done SketchUp, but tons of Photoshop.

    After you created the leg and apron rail, why not group the two components and copy/rotate them 3 more times for a complete table bottom?

    Thank you!

  • Ahuizotl Lopez says:

    thanks , that's the kind of tutorial that i was looking for !!!!

  • Joe Walter says:

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful videos Matthias. As I started watching , I thought "man his voice sounds familiar", then it dawned on me that I had watched your pantarouter video. Very creative indeed. Keep up the awesome work

  • Damion Nobel says:

    a 4.5 x 4.5 rectangle?

  • Sherryl Keith says:

    I love use Avasva Solutions for that issue.

  • gc3 says:

    The first 3 minutes of this video explained how to use this thing better than anything I’ve seen. Thank you so much!

  • Aaron Yip says:

    best SU tutorial!!!!

  • adnan gondžić says:

    Thank you for the great video.

  • Raj Kiran says:

    How to use render some 1 help me

  • brad doyle says:

    Great video!!! Is there a way to delete ex girlfriends, like you did with Susan?

  • 이팀장마스터빌더 says:

    NEW Sketchup #2 How to build fast gable roof

  • Adilio Peregrino says:

    Hello, Matthias. Which version do you use?

  • Allbbrz says:

    Ohhhh… I have the Mac version and there is no "Units" on the prefs panel.. that's ok since I could choose the engineer template;
    and there is no "enable length snapping" either… this explains why I'm having a hard time placing things next to each other.
    I've switched to a machine with Windows and still those options are not there… which version you used ? I downloaded the one I found the link in one of your site, version 8.0.16846 (my Mac version is 8.0.16845)
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Mac Sleeper says:

    Thank ya for this Matthias

  • PlayNark says:

    nice vid dude

  • Jamar Hodges says:


  • Luke Harvey says:

    thanks mattias

  • NTD Official says:



    Dammit Susan, you're in the table again.

  • UPSIPO says:

    @Mattias Wandel : I love your Videos, you are one of the best out there. But Sketchup ????????? Sketchup is a piece of garbage , hyped to death, very very very very unfriendly, with NO AVAILABLE real help, no help , LOOK NO HELP, yea go to the "community". "Support from the Sketchup Internet community" Complete garbage. Find another software and teach us a good FRIENDLY software alternative to this piece of shiit – SketchUp . Every youtube about Sketchup gets a lot off thumbs down, there are 10000000 youtube teaching you how to use sketchup, I wonder why. Hei maybe you go to the University and study 5 years to draw with this piece of shiit . Yes I am dum , I can not understand. But then again all of us are dum, if we don't invest 1 year to learn this UTMOST GARBAGE ! I was a computer programmer. This is a disaster.

  • Eboué Béécham says:

    My very first Sketchup tutorial. What a lecture. Thanks a zillion. Perfect start to my Sketchup Adventure

  • Enkhbilguun Erdenetsogt says:

    A really good video for beginners. Thanks a lot.

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