9th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

half blind dovetail is easy in SketchUp

Paste in Place is My Best Friend My primary goal when modeling a project in SketchUp is to get away from the computer as soon as I possibly can. One of the main reasons SketchUp is the ultimate design/planning tool … Continue reading

8th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Stretch Complex Parts in SketchUp

The Power of Reusing Details Designing on the computer can be far more efficient than drawing with pencil and paper. The advantage isn’t so much in making the original drawing, that takes some time no matter how you do it. … Continue reading

7th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Making a copy in SketchUp

Don’t Draw if You Can Copy & Copy is Part of the Move Command It’s easy to miss the obvious when you’re learning something new, and that was my experience when learning SketchUp. Once again, my AutoCAD experience was more … Continue reading

6th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Make a Component

Components Are Crucial My abilities in SketchUp took a great leap forward when I gave up on drawing and began modelling, and I was able to take that step when I got a grip on using components rather than dealing … Continue reading

5th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Just Type The Number I think this post is more about me and the way my brain works than it is about learning to use SketchUp. Now that I’ve become somewhat adept at modelling, I really admire the simple and … Continue reading

4th of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Click and Let Go, ClickClick, and ClickClickClick One thing I plan on emphasizing in this year’s SketchUp classes is using the mouse effectively. Modeling in SketchUp is a very efficient process if you click the right way at the right … Continue reading

2nd of 10 Things I Wish I Had Known About SketchUp

Using point inferences to move

Those Colored Lines and Dots Mean Something Learning how to use software that’s new to you is like adapting to the way things are in a foreign country. The language is different, the customs are different, and behavior that is … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp

PLEASE TAKE NOTE! A NEW, REVISED AND UPDATED VERSION OF THIS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE “NEW WOODWORKER’S GUIDE TO SKETCHUP” Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp This unique book is a comprehensive guide to using SketchUp … 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

SketchUp Components As Resources Video

Here is an example of one of the embedded videos from Bob Lang’s enhanced PDF book Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp. This video shows how components in SketchUp can be used as resources. Using this method saves time because you can … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Video Preview

Here is a short video preview of Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp, a detailed reference to using SketchUp in enhanced PDF format with videos embedded within the 184 pages of text. For more information about this book, including a sample chapter … Continue reading