SketchUp Tutorials

SketchUp is a free 3D-modeling program, and Robert W. Lang, executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, is an expert at using the program and at teaching it. This woodworking blog will help you learn how to use SketchUp to create models of your woodworking plans. It’s a great way to “build” a project and work out the design, details and joinery before you take tools to wood – that way, you can head to the workshop with a solid plan and the information you need to build any project with confidence.

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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,...

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...