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SketchUp simplifed

The world's most accessible design software lets you plan your woodworking projects with confidence and realism.

SketchUp is one of the world's most accessible software design packages. It helps you visualize a project, test dimensions and proportions, and gain confidence for the build. This article walks you through some of SketchUp's basic features and then dives a little deeper to look at some of the ways the CAD program can be invaluable for woodworkers.


Comments (5)
rruchti4390 wrote:

I have tried Sketchup a couple different times and cannot make heads or tails out of it. Far to difficult and time consuming. I'll stay with my trusty ruler, pencil and graph paper and have the drawing done and be building and not worry about trying to learn a new CAD just to say "I use Sketchup".

12/31/2015 06:13:34 PM Report Abuse
ArnieFife wrote:

YouTube has several videos on SketchUp that are a big help too.

12/31/2015 03:41:24 PM Report Abuse
Ohgtharp wrote:

I have been using SketchUp for about eight years and am still a long way from being an expert. And yet, I was able to use it productively after only a couple of weeks. It is easier to learn from others, or a class, but you can learn it on your own. The way to do it is to have a project in mind and begin drawing it. Don't worry about getting it perfect right off because you can continually refine it to get it right. The tutorials available from the SketchUp website are very useful.

12/30/2015 04:23:46 PM Report Abuse
bmayfield0011 wrote:

I just need to sit down and "play" with Sketchup for a while. Follow a book or tutorial. That is the only way I'll learn. It's my New Years resolution.

12/30/2015 11:08:18 AM Report Abuse

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