SketchUp, Compound Angles and 3D Printing

What do middle school students and amateur carpenters have in common? Neither group realizes how tricky and troublesome compound angles can be. Carpenters will have fits trying to run crown molding and one group of middle schoolers recently hit a … Continue reading

Pythagoras and SketchUp, Model a Wacky Room

Pythagorean Theorem in SketchUp Step 4

Most good builders know and use the Pythagorean Theorem, even if they never heard of Pythagoras or slept through high school geometry. It’s easier to remember 3-4-5 than an ancient Greek and it’s a reliable way to make something at … Continue reading

Make an Exploded View in SketchUp

What I like most about modeling in SketchUp, compared to working with pencil and paper or in 2D CAD is that I don’t have to worry about what finished drawings or details will look like until after I’ve built a … Continue reading

10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Back in 2012, I wrote a series of posts titled “10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp” The series grew out of a presentation I gave at a woodworking conference. It turned out to be a popular series, … Continue reading

The First Thing to Learn About SketchUp: Navigation

A few years ago my son talked me into playing a video game, one where we had to run around an imaginary world with people shooting at us. I sucked at it, big time. I got blasted before I could … Continue reading

Print Full-size Patterns from SketchUp

In my post on making a template for through mortises, I used a full-sized paper pattern that I printed from a SketchUp model. A reader posed the logical and obvious question “can you print a full-size pattern from the free … Continue reading

SketchUp 2013 (& Newer) Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet

With the release of SketchUp 2013, many of the tool icon images changed. What hasn’t changed is that for efficient work in SketchUp, you should be using keyboard shortcuts instead of clicking on the icons in the toolbars, at least … Continue reading

Follow Me Made Easy SketchUp Video

This is an example of one of the videos embedded within Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp. Follow Me can be one of the most frustrating tools in SketchUp, unless you know the trick revealed at the end of this video. This … Continue reading