SketchUp Tutorial

Learning SketchUp: Playing With Blocks, Part Two

Yesterday I presented an exercise to increase skills in SketchUp. Our blog lists newer posts before older ones, so you might want to click here to get caught up. Here are the techniques I used, and you can find my completed model in our 3D Warehouse collection. Start with drawing a cube. I made...

Learning SketchUp: Playing With Blocks, Part One

When I first started using SketchUp, I made a fundamental error. I tried to draw, applying what I knew about hand drafting and CAD to a program designed for 3D modeling. It was slow and tedious and didn’t work very well. Eventually the light bulb went off over my head and I started pretending...

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Now Available

The easiest projects to make are those you’ve built once before. Most woodworkers only tackle furniture projects once in a lifetime and then move on to something else. So the next best thing is to build something mentally, visualizing how the pieces and parts fit together. Google SketchUp makes this mental process extremely close...

Wood Movement Calculator for SketchUp

A nickel in summer, a dime in winter is a seat of the pants method for figuring gaps around drawers and doors. If you’d like something more precise, and you’d like to be able to make calculations as you design a project in SketchUp, Joe Zeh has developed a plug-in that you should know...

SketchUp Shop Class Part Two On Demand Now Online

The second session of Shop Class On Demand,SketchUp for Woodworkers, Part 2, Advanced Techniques is now available for immediate download in our store. If you’ve worked your way through Part 1, you can now continue to learn how to use Google’s SketchUp (a free download) to model your next project with speed and accuracy....

SketchUp Shop Class on CD Available Now

My new video, Shop Class: SketchUp for Woodworkers Part 1, Getting Started has been a big hit, the on demand downloadable version is the number one selling item in our store, and I’m happy to announce that this same class is available on CD. If you’re on a slow internet connection, don’t like to...

SketchUp for Woodworkers: Review and FAQ

Last week we released the first of two SketchUp “Shop Classes” in the BookShop. In the first class, “SketchUp for Woodworkers Part 1: Getting Started,” Robert W. Lang teaches you the essential techniques to use SketchUp for a variety of woodworking applications. Many have already purchased the on-demand video download and others have ordered...