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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...

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Use a SketchUp Model to “Get It”

For the last few years we have placed a free SketchUp model of nearly every project we’ve published in Popular Woodworking Magazine on Google’s SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. We use SketchUp to plan our products, and as the root of the illustrations you see in the printed magazine. If you have SketchUp installed on your...

SketchUp Classes in April

Some of my favorite times are when I get out of the office and teach classes on using SketchUp. If you thoroughly understand what you’re going to build, before you go out to the shop, time spent in the shop is more productive (and more fun). SketchUp gives you the power to figure out...

Changing and Stretching With SketchUp

SketchUp is a great tool for creating models of your next project, but where it really shines is when you want to quickly change a project. Whether it’s something you made, or someone else’s model, you can use SketchUp to make a model that differs in size from the original. It only takes a...

SketchUp Classes and Clinics at Woodworking in America

Woodworking isn’t all about tools and shop techniques. To make the most of your time in the shop, it helps to have a design worked out and good plan in place. Google SketchUp is the software we use here at Popular Woodworking, and if you’re signed up for this year’s Woodworking in America conference,...