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Discover the wide world of Google SketchUp for woodworkers: download the program for free, watch easy to understand SketchUp tutorials, and stay up to date with the latest in SketchUp news that might effect the way you design and build furniture. You’ll also find a wide array of access a wide array of SketchUp models of furniture and woodworking projects. No matter what furniture styles you prefer, you’ll find it here. Before you know it, SketchUp with become your design tool of choice.

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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...

Two Million SketchUp Model Milestone

Earlier this morning, I added the SketchUp models of projects in the February issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine to our 3d Warehouse collection. We do this every issue, and no other woodworking magazine makes their projects available (for free) in this format. After I added Michael Fortune’s three legged table (the cover project), and...

New Features in Google SketchUp 8

Time to Go Pro? Every week, one million people around the world use Google SketchUp. Last week, I was one of 250 SketchUp users invited to Boulder, Colorado for 3D Base Camp. While there, the release of a new version of SketchUp was announced. For woodworkers using the free version of SketchUp 7, the...

Google Releases SketchUp 8

I’m spending the next few days in Boulder, Colo., at the Google SketchUp 3D Base Camp. Base Camp is a gathering of 250 expert SketchUp users from around the world. It’s always fun to meet people face to face that you know from the Internet. And after a morning of great hospitality and excellent...

More Free SketchUp Models from October Issue

The October issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is on its way to subscribers and to news stands. If you have SketchUp installed on your computer (it’s a free download available here) you’re just a couple of mouse clicks away from getting a preview of the projects in the next issue. Visit our collection at...

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...