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
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(1) DVD-ROM, Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics
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I am a "learn by doing" person, so I like to follow along with tutorials such as this. The narrator wants us to "get to drawing" as fast as possible, which is a noble goal; however, I am finding that I spend more time rewinding to see what happened, which is taking longer than it would if he just slowed down a bit.
That criticism aside, this video covers all the basics of drawing with Sketchup to get you going. My favorite part of the series is the included transcript and cheat sheet! Those help me a lot since the video moves at light speed (especially when you get to episode 3..."where did that mortise and tenon come from!? I just managed to select my component!!!").
To sum it up, this video will teach you the basics, just be prepared to rewind a lot and feel a little bit like a 6th grade dropout :)