SketchUp Tutorial

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SketchUp Class in Atlanta, July 15-17

I will be at the Atlanta Woodcraft store teaching a three-day weekend class on using SketchUp, Friday July 15 through Sunday July 18. There are a couple of seats available if you want to join me in learning how to use the software that we use here at Popular Woodworking Magazine for planning our...

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Popular Woodworking SketchUp Pages-New and Improved

Since the recent upgrade to our website, we’ve been working away at improving the section of our site devoted to using Google SketchUp. It has been a big job, and the reason for that is the depth and breadth of what we have online-more than 200 SketchUp models that are available for free, and...

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Add Dimensions to a SketchUp Model

We use SketchUp models as the basis for planning the projects you see in the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and they are the source for our printed illustrations. We add scenes and layers to basic models to get snapshots of different points of view. We copy pieces and parts to add dimensions, and...

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Ogee Bracket Feet in SketchUp

This post in response to a question from reader Doug Smith about making bracket feet, as seen in the model of the American Cabinet in our 3D Warehouse Collection. SketchUp is extremely fast when you’re making rectangular shapes, but curves can slow you down. Objects that curve in two directions are even more complex,...

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Resources for Learning SketchUp

SketchUp Quick Links SketchUp Tutorials and Articles What is Google SketchUp? SketchUp Q&A SketchUp Models SketchUp is often referred to as intuitive and easy to use. Those things are true in a way, but as it is with any software application, there is a learning curve. If you’re on the uphill side of that...

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SketchUp Questions and Answers

SketchUp Quick Links SketchUp Tutorials and Articles What is Google SketchUp? Resources for Learning SketchUp SketchUp Models This post is where you can ask questions about using Google SketchUp, or about one of our products for learning SketchUp. Ask your question by leaving a comment below. You can also comment and add your method...

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What Can You Do With SketchUp

SketchUp is our tool of choice for designing and planning projects. For the past several years, every project seen in the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine and most of our illustrations began life as a 3-dimensional model created with Google SketchUp. We use it because it reduces our planning and design time because we...