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ShopClass On Demand: SketchUp for Woodworkers – Part 1: Getting Started Digital Download

By Robert Lang

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SKU# Z9858

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SketchUp for Woodworkers Part 1: Getting Started

This ShopClass is comprised of our series of 12 lessons in the basics of using SketchUp (a free 3D-modeling program from Google). These video lessons take you step by step from setting up the software to gathering information from your finished model. So you'll head to the shop with all the information you need to build any project with confidence. You'll know the exact sizes of every part, and how the parts go together – before you ever cut any wood!

    • 2 Hours of Expert 3D Computer Modeling Instruction
    • Learn at Your Own Pace
    • Build on Screen Before You Head to the Shop
    • Learn the Basics of Google SketchUp
    • Master the Skills You Need
    • Techniques for Quick Designs
    • Set Up SketchUp for Efficiency & Accuracy

About the Presenter:
Robert W. Lang is the executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and the author of several books on furniture styles and design. With more than 30 years experience designing and building furniture and in CAD and computer illustration, Bob brings a practical style to teaching 3D modeling with Google SketchUp.

To find out about "SketchUp for Woodworkers Part 2: Advanced Techniques," click here for the CD and here for the digital download.

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SKU Z9858
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excellent primer Review by Thomas

This is an excellent primer for learning the basics of SketchUp. The author has an in-depth knowledge of what woodworkers need in a 3d CAD/Model tool and he provides many hints and "tricks" to get you going. Within a few hours of watching the video and practicing I was able to draw some fairly complex models and develop a good cut list. Well done!

(Posted on 12/21/2013)

Great learning experience. Review by Tom

I’m so glad I discovered this training. I’ve been struggling to master SketchUp for a couple of weeks through YouTube videos. I stumbled on Bob’s training video in my search for more. What a bargain. If you follow along and duplicate all his moves, it’s like attending a two day, hands on seminar. I almost chose the advanced lesson which would have been a mistake. He only spends the minimal time on the basics, and then it’s off to designing and creating a couple of rather detailed and realistic projects which could actually be built. He also shows how to make changes and use the software to create materials lists. The pace is fast, no time is wasted. You must follow along duplicating his moves to understand and you will find yourself pausing and backing up a lot. He’s an excellent instructor, and I think his voice is fine, in fact one of the strengths of the video. His narration is calm and very clear, easy to understand. I can’t wait for part 2.

(Posted on 2/7/2013)

Drink some water Review by Kevin

I found the tutorial fairly well done. But the person teaching it is very dry and monotone. One thing that was nearly intolerable for me was listening to his saliva. He has some major pasties and you can hear saliva in every command and period. I had to adjust the volume so I could make out the words just barely, and then I'd hear his mouth much less.

(Posted on 3/14/2012)

Great Tutorial for Woodworkers Review by Ron Michaelsen

Bob did a great job of teaching how to use this drawing program. Most tutorials are geared toward architecture. This series is perfect for woodworkers. I highly recommend both Sketchup and this series of lessons for anyone who wants to learn how to use Sketchup to draw their work first. It is far easier to make mistakes and correct them on the computer!

(Posted on 12/7/2010)

Bob's a great teacher Review by CQ

Bob Lang is the ideal teacher for this. His instructions are simple, easy to follow, fascinating and devoid of any narcissistic nonsense. I took some of the lessons in sketchup, but this is much more valuable for woodworking. Well worth the money.

(Posted on 4/16/2010)

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