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

SketchUp Class in Cincinnati, October 10-11, 2015

SketchUp Class with Bob Lang

I will be teaching an introduction to SketchUp Class on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2015 at The Manufactory, here in Cincinnati. The class will follow the “Building Blocks of SketchUp” format, where you will learn how to … 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

Models From “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”

The “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” is entirely digital. If you want a paper and ink version, you can print out the pages, but then you’ll miss out on the embedded videos and links within the PDF. This post details … Continue reading

SketchUp Books Bundle – Building Blocks + Woodworker’s Guide

Which SketchUp book should I buy? That’s a question I get a lot, and if you have no experience with SketchUp, I recommend that you start with “Building Blocks of SketchUp”. That book starts with downloading and installing SketchUp and … Continue reading

Look Inside the “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”

The “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” isn’t like most books. It’s a digital publication in enhanced, interactive PDF format. One of the big advantages to this is the addition of video content, embedded in the pages of the book. The … Continue reading

New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Revised and Updated.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW OF THIS INNOVATIVE DIGITAL BOOK In 2010 I wrote and published “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” in enhanced PDF format. Staying digital let me put videos in along with the text and images. A lot … Continue reading

SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Make for Woodworkers? What’s the Difference?

When I teach a class or talk to woodworkers about SketchUp, those two questions are almost always asked. As an unrepentant smart-Alec I usually reply “$590 – the current cost of a SketchUp Pro license, SketchUp Make is free”. There … 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

MWA Podcast Review — Building Blocks of SketchUp

“Building Blocks of SketchUp” is a different sort of book. It’s designed to be read on your computer while you practice in SketchUp. Within the pages are embedded  video lessons that reinforce the text and screen shot images. It’s independently … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp

New SketchUp Book, “Building Blocks of SketchUp”  Now Available for Download “Building Blocks of SketchUp” is the best way to learn the basics of 3D Modeling with SketchUp. With 260 pages of illustrated text, with 50 embedded video lessons this … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp on Disc International Orders

Our costs for shipping outside the United States have risen dramatically in the past year. We are now paying three times what we paid a year ago in postage, and can no longer ship internationally for free. (Note: that paragraph … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp-New Book Preview

Update, October 15, 2013: “Building Blocks of SketchUp” is now available as a digital download. CLICK HERE TO ORDER! SketchUp is a wonderful piece of software for designing, visualizing and planning just about anything. Some people catch on to SketchUp … 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

Space Still Available in Marc Adams SketchUp Class August 5-9, 2013

Taking a week-long class in SketchUp is the best way I know to really make progress in using this program to design your woodworking projects. If you’re ready to take that step, there are still a few spots available in … Continue reading

Make a Mortise from a Tenon with SketchUp

Here is one of my favorite moves in SketchUp, exploding and redefining components to move geometry from one component to another. If you don’t speak SketchUp fluently, that means I can take an existing tenon from a table apron and … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Download

  PLEASE NOTE: A NEW, REVISED EDITION OF “WOODWORKER’S GUIDE TO SKETCHUP” IS NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE “NEW WOODWORKER’S GUIDE TO SKETCHUP” SketchUp Book Now Available As a Download Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp is a unique … Continue reading

GWA SketchUp Special Interest Group

Last fall we spent four days teaching SketchUp to a group of woodworkers from the Gwinnet Woodworkers Association in Atlanta, Georgia. The group was enthusiastic enough to establish a SketchUp special interest group within the club. They meet regularly, and … Continue reading

Review of Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp is approaching its third birthday. It’s a unique work; it really isn’t a book although there are almost 200 pages to it. It comes on a disc in PDF format and what makes it different is … Continue reading

SketchUp Class 2: Woodworking With SketchUp

The “Woodworking With SketchUp” class follows and builds on the foundation skills developed in “Building Blocks of SketchUp” using those skills to effectively design and plan any furniture or cabinetmaking project. Students in this class will learn how to use … Continue reading