Sketchup With Joe Zeh

Joe Zeh, who has produced videos and online courses about SketchUp for Popular Woodworking, keeps you on top of the latest SketchUp for woodworkers advice. Joe has over 35 years experience in the high-tech computer and graphics industry, ranging from computer design to executive management. He has combined his love of woodworking with his knowledge of 3-D; he teaches SketchUp, both video and live courses, and writes SketchUp Ruby script plugins for woodworking. Joe maintains a woodworking website (www.srww.com) and blog (www.srww.com/blog). Also check out Popular Woodworking University to learn when Joe will run his next SketchUp online course.

2D Drawing In SketchUp

A gentlemen, not much older that I (that means elderly), wrote me this week after seeing my American Woodworker SketchUp blog. He asked me if there was a good application out there for drawing in 2D. He is an engineer like me, and also like me learned to draw in 2D...

Trimming A Conference Table With The Follow-Me Tool

A friend wrote me an email asking how to trim a conference table with the Follow-Me tool. The shape of his table was more than your usual basic shape. So I thought this would be a good teaching vehicle. Because of the complexity of this top I am using a video...

Printing To Scale In SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro 2013

Quickly Print to Scale in SketchUp Trimble released its new version of SketchUp and to no surprise they didn’t fix the problems with printing to scale which has plagued SketchUp users from day 1. So one again I will post a mini-tutorial on how to cope with printing to scale in...

Is SketchUp Bugging You?

My job is to post weekly, here on the American Woodworker Contributor's Blogs, on a SketchUp topic I think will be of interest to the readers. I would very much like to encourage readers to suggest topics of interest and to make this SketchUp blog an interactive and helpful tool. American...

Components, Dimensioning, Scenes, Layers & Naming Part 2

In Part 1 of this two part post I covered this subject in broad strokes. Now we are going to look a little deeper at my naming conventions for components, layers, scenes and special layers such as dimension layers and exploded layers. As I mentioned in Part 1, this is my...

Components, Dimensioning, Scenes, Layers & Naming Part 1

As you gain experience with SketchUp there will come a day when the light bulb will go on and you will realize that you need a strategy for naming components, organizing and naming scenes and layers, and for dimensioning and creating shop drawings. I hope in this multi-part series to help...

Advanced SketchUp Series: The Select Tool

For a few years I’ve had the idea of following up my Beginner’s SketchUp and Intermediate SketchUp Webinar series with and Advanced SketchUp series. Exactly what an Advanced SketchUp Webinar series would look like was something I pondered for a long time. The image that kept appearing in my head was...

The Dough BoxPart 4 of 4

In this fourth and final part of The Dough Box, I add the lid and lid trim to complete the model. Than I discuss some of the strange issues surrounding compound angles. Along the way I introduce you to one of my tools I use a lot called Draw Normal. Draw...