SketchUp for Woodworkers: bring your designs to life in 3D
What you'll learn
- Update: link to free SketchUp basic lectures added February 2018
- Bring your design ideas to life in 3D with SketchUp
- Learn to try out different ideas quickly and easily by making edits to your models
- Go way beyond the free videos and learn how to build SketchUp models the professional way
- Cut drawing times in half, literally, with a simple mirror method
- Learn why its so important to build your model in situ
- Learn how you can model even complex shapes with a simple technique
- Learn to draw something once, and use it again and again and again, saving hours
- A computer with either SketchUp Make or SketchUp Pro installed on it
- A basic knowledge of SketchUp drawing and editing tools
- SketchUp Make 2017 is still available as a free download, on the Sketchup website with /download/all added, then login
Let me teach you the basic methods I use in SketchUp as a professional illustrator and designer with 20 years experience in woodworking magazines!
I have drawn thousands of woodworking projects for magazines in the UK, US and Europe, and currently illustrate 2 top UK titles, Furniture and Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Crafts.
SketchUp has been a big part of this process. It is a great drawing program, and although its hard to find, you can still download the FREE version called SketchUp Make.
Just in case you are having trouble finding Sketch Make, the free version you can install on your computer, search for SketchUp Make in Google and follow the instructions. This is a different and much more powerful version of SketchUp to the online browser based SketchUp Free.
Learning the basic tools is just the start though. You can save yourself so much time and effort by using a few simple methods I show you in the course.
Using these techniques, you will find it much easier to design and draw your own projects!
Drawing in 3D can be huge fun, seeing something you have imagined coming to life.
It can also be a bit daunting at first, and without a clear structure to guide you, its possible to get a bit lost. This is why you need my course.
(Update, February 2018: link for students who want to learn basics first added)
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to design small scale projects with SketchUp
- Any woodworker who wants to present a project to clients and public in 3D
Working as an illustrator and designer in architecture and publishing for more than 30 years has taught me a lot about different types of drawing software.
So how do you choose which programs to use?
I've done that for you in my courses.
Would you like to learn how to draw accurate woodworking plans quickly and easily using a great value professional CAD program? Well, take my CAD for Woodworkers course using DraftSight, a great professional level CAD program similar in commands and structure to AutoCAD.
Would you like to be able to design and draw your projects in 3D? I'm running a course now on Udemy, SketchUp for Woodworkers, for anyone (not just woodworkers) who wants to learn how to use SketchUp to draw smaller projects (ie not a house!)
See my Udemy courses ,SketchUp for Woodworkers and its companion course, CAD for Woodworkers.
Brief CV: I have worked on a wide range of magazine titles in the UK, US and Europe and currently illustrate 2 UK based craft titles, Furniture and Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Crafts, providing plans and 3D drawings as well as articles for both. I have illustrated more than 50 books on a wide variety of craft subjects, and have written extensively in craft magazines on the use of computer drawing techniques in furniture making and joinery.
I have a degree in Architecture, and run LineMine, a website that focuses on design drawing techniques and software.