SketchUp Tutorial

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...

SketchUp Shop Class Now In Session

We’ve been teasing our blog readers for a couple weeks now about our new online “Shop Class on Demand” for SketchUp and I’m happy to announce that it it now up and running in our store. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to use SketchUp, or tried it but gave up in frustration,...

SketchUp Shop Class Coming Soon

Along with updating the look of the magazine, we’ve been busy working on some new ways to share knowledge. We’re big fans of the free modeling program SketchUp and in the next week or so you’ll have the chance to join me in a two-part online class. And a few weeks after the classes...

SketchUp Collection and the Official SketchUp Blog

I’ve always felt a bit guilty about our collection of SketchUp models on Google’s 3D Warehouse. It is such a great resource for our readers (and us) that it doesn’t seem possible that it’s free. This resource is available to anyone with a web browser, we don’t have to pay for it and you...

Building Strategies Part 1 Making a Cut List

The major effort involved in building a piece of furniture is problem solving and establishing a sequence for the work. After that, it’s almost all cutting to a line and repairing the places where I missed cutting to the line. I like to plan my work because I don’t always make good design or...

Why This Detail Was Abandoned

In early Gustav Stickley pieces, doors with divided lights were joined with mitered mullions. It’s an intriguing look, but was used only for a few years. My next project for the magazine has a divided door, and even though I haven’t been able to find an original example of the piece I’m building with...

Woodworking With SketchUp: Start at the End

Even if you’re experienced with using a computer, learning a new software program presents two problems. The first is learning how to get around the program; the second is learning how to make the program do what you want it to do. We’re excited about what SketchUp can do to make woodworking easier and...

Use SketchUp for Full Size Patterns

SketchUp is a great free program for planning your work. But there is a tremendous amount of value to it even if you never draw a line. Printing out full size patterns is but one example. We’ve assembled a collection of models on Google’s 3D Warehouse, and have the same collection categorized on our...