Trimble SketchUp (Originally Google SketchUp) is an innovative computerized drafting program that has allowed woodworkers to create incredibly detailed workshop drawings for absolutely free! But how do you use the program? Whatever your skill level, this concise introduction to SketchUp gets you up to speed fast. Learn how to set up the program, use drawing tools, navigate in a 3-D space, sketch, refine drawings, and create shop-ready plans - right from your computer. Already know a little about CAD drafting? This easy-to-skim instructional video lets you focus on what's new to you.
Includes: sample project, tips, shortcuts, cheat sheet, and digital plan. For novice to advanced woodworkers.
Dave Richards is an authorized SketchUp trainer and long-time member of SketchUcation. He draws digital plans for Fine Woodworking magazine. He lives in Rochester, Minnesota.
- PC or Mac® computer with DVD drive.
- Adobe Acrobat® reader.
- Trimble SketchUp® (Free download available online)
- Apple Quicktime® Player
- Getting started
- Draw a basic sketch
- Add components and joinery
- Finalize the model
- Print your own plans
(1) DVD-ROM, Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics