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  • Product # 067125
  • Type Video download
  • ISBN 978-1-60085-813-0
  • Length 66 minutes
  • Published Date 2012

Just what woodworkers have been asking for. This instructional video is specifically designed for the way woodworkers use SketchUp. Whatever your skill level, novice to advanced, you’ll get up to speed fast with Fine Woodworking’s Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers: The Basics.

Easy and intuitive to use. Learn how to set up the program, use drawing tools, navigate in a 3-D space, sketch, refine drawings, and create shop-ready plans. Already know a little? This easy-to-skim video lets you focus on what’s new to you and even lets you go back to review any topic, any time.

Learn from an experienced instructor. Dave Richards, an authorized SketchUp trainer, uses a basic cabinet as a model. He walks you through the whole process, from rough sketch through developing your own set of project plans. Along with his expert tips and shortcuts, you’ll get his handy cheat sheet plus a bonus digital plan.

The best way to invest an hour. The Basics video is just what every woodworker needs to do custom work. With SketchUp, it’s easier to design your own furniture, refine the concept in 3-D before you build, and assemble all the parts flawlessly.

About the author
Dave Richards is an authorized SketchUp trainer and long-time member of SketchUcation. He draws digital plans for Fine Woodworking magazine and is one of the magazine's Design.Click.Build bloggers.

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Zero To Proficient in a few hours. Review by Andrew

I just finished a woodshop class and wanted to use SketchUp to help me plan a few things. This tutorial was an absolute god-send. It helped explain SketchUp in a way that was perfect for me, and within a few days I was able to Sketch out my designs.

I gave 4 stars because while the tutorial is good, he doesn't walk you through some of the finickier points of SketchUp. I found myself mystified a few times because the author failed to mention a few little things (use the tape measure on a side to get a guide, on an endpoint to do a measurement; Triple clicking will pick up extra sides inadvertently if you haven't turned other pieces into components; and a few others). I was able to Google most of the answers, but if he took a few seconds to mention some of the tricks it would have made things smoother.

Also I think the version that he demoes on is an older version of SketchUp which confused me a few times, but overall I would highly recommend this to anyone interesting in planning woodworking projects.

(Posted on 8/7/13)

Hit the ground running Review by Rik

Excellent job demonstrating how to use Sketchup as a woodworker.
I was quickly creating future projects.
I can't wait for the sequel.

(Posted on 2/16/13)

Learning SketchUp Review by Larry

This is great for anybody wishing to get started in Sketchup for woodworkers. This guide will get you up and running. The best part is you can paste yourself at your own speed. I've learned a lot of moves by this Sketchup program that I didn't know you could do.
Once again it's a good buy

(Posted on 10/5/12)

The Greatest Aid for Woodworkers and Woodworking Project Design Review by Bob

I've had Sketchup for a year plus and have never been able to create my designs. This product is simple but holds it secrets on how to get practical results close to the vest.

After working through the projects in the Guide I am able to create and complete my designs. The greatest benefit is getting the sizes right before I make one cut. I make boxes with expensive wood and can see this tool letting me be more creative and accurate.

PS: I have used CAD systems for 20 + years and couldn't figure out how to effectively use Skecthup until I went through the guide's step by step process.

This product is worth every penny.

(Posted on 8/20/12)

The best introduction to SketchUp if you are a woodworker Review by Greg

I'm new to SketchUp but not to CAD products, starting with AutoCAD nearly 30 years ago and also owning SolidWorks, Chief Architect, CorelDraw, and a heavy construction specific package.

I ran several of the free tutorials for Sketchup but was trying to be frugal and not spend the $12.95 for this program. By comparison, the best of the free tutorials should have paid me to use them. They were good but this one is excellent.

(Posted on 4/27/12)

Very clear introduction to SketchUp from a woodworkers perspective Review by Oliver

As with anything Dave Richards does, this book is clear, well organized and helpful even if you have been a SketchUp user for some time. The videos will draw a new user carefully up the learning curve without feeling lost. I look forward to the sequel. Good job, Dave.

(Posted on 4/20/12)

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