SketchUp News

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.

The Joinery Bench, Best Idea in 200 Years

If you are a regular reader then you know we’re into workbenches at Popular Woodworking Magazine. We’ve printed several articles on benches, bench design and using benches effectively over the past few years. Our fearless leader, Christopher Schwarz, has written the definitive book on the subject and is knee-deep in yet another workbench build....

New Models in Our SketchUp Collection

The Popular Woodworking Magazine collection of 3D SketchUp models has grown to include 168 models. We’ve been using SketchUp to plan our work for a couple years now, and it has made us all better and more accurate woodworkers. Shop time is precious and it’s nice to head to the shop with the wealth...

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...

Time to Catch Up With SketchUp

A few weeks ago, I posted a request for readers to help us build our collection of SketchUp models of magazine projects on Google’s 3D Warehouse. Thanks to some enthusiastic readers, our collection has doubled in size, and several readers earned one or more back issue CDs. If you missed that post, or didn’t...

The Wonders (and Winners) of SketchUp

As of September 30th, LumberJocks’ Virtual Dining Table Challenge came to and end. Did you get in on the challenge? There are a number of great entries from those fluent in SketchUp as well as from first-timers that show fantastic promise with the free design program. I was a bit envious of some of...

Tag Teaming Google SketchUp

One of my goals for this year at Popular Woodworking magazine is to become sufficiently adept with a technical drawing program. We have to have simple, accurate line drawings of projects that are sent to artists who turn the plans into the works of art that you’ve come to rely on from the magazine....

SketchUp — A New Toy and Good News for Readers

Here at Popular Woodworking, we design and build our own projects. We follow the same process most woodworkers do; we make some sketches, we talk about the project and we make working drawings to use in the shop. The drawings you see in the pages of the magazine start life as the drawings we...