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Welcome to the Popular Woodworking Magazine SketchUp Learning Page. Here you will find links and information on learning and using this exciting (and free) 3-D Modeling program.
What is SketchUp?
SketchUp is a free three-dimensional modeling software application available from Google by clicking here. It enables you to plan and visualize projects on your computer, not as static drawings, but as models you can take apart, put back together, and view from any angle. SketchUp will make you a better woodworker because you can build a project onscreen before you head to the shop.
Here is a photo of one of our projects, and here is the same project as it appears in SketchUp.
SketchUp is an intuitive program with a short learning curve, once you understand the basics of 3D modeling. The tutorials with the program are helpful, and there are more resources online. Robert W. Lang, Popular Woodworking Magazine’s executive editor has created references aimed at using SketchUp for woodworking design and planning. He skips over how to layout landscapes, staircases and roofs in favor of showing you how to make mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints.
Popular Woodworking Magazine SketchUp Tips and Techniques
Our new format allows our readers to comment on posts we make, and that’s a great way for you to interact with us. We have a SketchUp Q and A post where we will answer questions from our readers. Leave your question as a comment, or send an e-mail and browse through the responses to find a quick answer or pick up a useful tip. We also post tips for using SketchUp on our editor’s blog and you can leave comments on our models.
When you download and install SketchUp on your computer you will be able to view any of the more than 200 models available in our online collection. We add models of projects with each new issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Check back often.
You will need to be a registered member of the site to view our Sketchup Models.