Included in the purchase price will be a download containing class notes, SketchUp example and other supporting material. Click here to view the tutorial for installing and setting up SketchUp.
This is a beginner’s webinar in Trimble SketchUp. No prior experience with SketchUp is needed, but the student must be able to download and install SketchUp and be familiar with a computer.
Trimble SketchUp 8 is a free and powerful tool. The Pro version is used by professional to model and design everything from bottles to skyscrapers. We will use the free version to model a Bedside Table complete with tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, beveled top, and a dovetailed drawer trimmed with bull nose cock beading and a Shaker style drawer pull. We will begin by learning how to install SketchUp, setup application preferences, choose model defaults and customize a template. Next we will tour the work area and become familiar with its tools. The heart of this course is modeling the Bedside Table and producing dimensioned shop drawings and photorealistic textured images.
Davis Peticolas says:
Joe – I’m finally getting around to working through your Sketchup tutorial. Wow, it is great. I had to watch Vid1 three times before I could recreate it on my own. I’ve learned more about components with this one video than I ever knew.
Tim Janssen says:
Thanks for your excellent tutorials. I have been playing around with SU for a number of years now and basically been winging it, learning a bit every time I use it. Never worked with layers before and had a dickens of a time trying to figure out what you meant by “layero”. For ignorami like me it would help if you would write it as follows “layer 0″.
Just a suggestion.
Again thank you for all your hard work.
Lester Gillett says:
Joe-After just a hour of watching your Beginer’s Tutorial on Sketchup I learned more then the all day class i took with one of our club member. When you finish with the drawing and need to see the dimension’s is there a way to save them when you are drawing each part ? Then retrieve them to the finial drawing ? I have booked marked this site and will use it a lot. Thanks for making the tutorial.
Well done and a God sent. Clear, straight, and even an idiot such as myself can understand it. I am amazed how much he (or you) pack into the video. I am a bit apprehensive since it starts SO basic (much needed for me) and proceeds clearly to what I consider complex issues. It may be that I am old and cannot remember all those commands that seem so simple! Thanks for posting that and I’ll probably watch it a couple of more times. What I don’t understand is how finicky my program is: sometimes I can put the measurements in the bottom right hand box and sometimes they won’t take, no matter what language I use!
But thanks, again.
Skip Evans says:
I am sure you have heard this before, but I have to say these tutorials are great. I have wanted to learn SketchUp for a long time but could not find tutorials I was comfortable with.
Mark Davis says:
I have tried a number of times to learn how to use sketchup, and have giving up. After watching your videos, I have a much better understanding of how to use the program. Thank you for taking the time that it must have taken to make these!
Clay Soules says:
Hi, Joe. Wow! The best tutorial that I’ve seen yet. I really learned a lot even though I’ve been modeling for about a year now. One of the things that is important to note is that when one learns by trial and error, as I’ve done, you tend to get into bad habits. Your tutorial just pointed out at least a half-dozen bad habits, and more importantly “short-cuts” or better ways to perform modeling tasks.
This is great! I tried different guides or tutorials and it was just too generic and technical for an old fart like me (57 years). I just wanted to design things for my woodworking shop in 3D to coincide with plans drawn on my delta cad, which I barely get around. Only drew along with first 2 beginner tutorials but have learned way more than I fumbled around and learned since I started sketchup a few years ago. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU very much!!!! Tom
John Meeley says:
Thank you Joseph. Your willingness to share your knowledge is only exceeded by your ability to teach. I tried in vain to learn SketchUp8 on my own for enough time to frustrate myself. I was provided the link to your blog, and in one short lesson I knew what I had been doing wrong all along.
I have watched all eight segments in your beginners tutorial, and now I am in the process of re-watching and building along with you. I get it now! It works, it’s clear and your a pleasure to work ‘beside’.
I will be sure to follow your lead and “model” myself to be as helpful to others as you have been to me.
E Maxwell says:
Very nice video. I’ve been all over the web trying to learn Sketchup for woodworking. Your Part 1 video has taught me alot. Thank you so much for taking the time to make your videos.