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Sketchup Course Beyond The Basics


Sketchup Course, learn advanced drawing techniques and workflows.

Online Class hosted by The Woodwhisperer Guild


3D modeling has become crucial to the modern woodworker’s skill set and for people who want to create their own 3D-printed creations. SketchUp is an intuitive 3d modeling tool that is easy to work with, and once you master the fundamentals, it allows you to design at the speed of thought.

We will go beyond the basics and dive into modeling complex shapes. While extensions/plugins exist for creating some of the shapes, we will make in this course.  There’s incredible value in attaining the skill set required to generate the shapes from scratch.  Understanding how complex shapes are created will unlock your ability to 3d model anything.

In this course, I will teach a workflow allowing you to turn simple shapes into more complex 3d models.  We will draw threads for bolts that will work with standard SAE nuts and bolts, as well as detailed and accurate screws and finials for furniture.

Best of all, this SketchUp course focuses on the 100% FREE web-based version of SketchUp.

What is included in this Sketchup Course

  • 13 Detailed Instructional videos totaling over 6hrs
  • Downloadable Short-cut Key Cheat Sheets for Mac & PC.
  • Downloadable Shaker Table Model to practice on.
  • Downloadable Vice blueprint to work from
  • All videos are digital and will be available for download upon purchase.

What will you learn in this online Sketchup Course

  • How to position and scale wood grain textures on your model
  • Troubleshooting techniques to edit and repair the mesh that makes up your 3d model
  • How to work with small geometry and overcome small geometry errors and quirks
  • How to draw fundamental shapes with native tools that will make up more complex shapes
  • How to create funnel shapes, such as dust collection hose adapters
  • Different methods to scale your 3d model and components inside your model
  • How to draw helical/spiral shapes such as springs and screws
  • How to draw nuts and bolts that can be 3d printed and interchangeable with SAE Nuts and Bolts
  • How to prep your model and export for 3D printers
  • Design and 3d model a cutting board display rack.
  • Intro to exporting for print-to-scale templates
  • Depending on your software, there are multiple ways to export for CNC and Laser. We will explore a few of the more common ones.

What you need

  • A PC or Mac with a 3-Button Mouse. (trackpads are not ideal.)
  • An internet connection
  • A Trimble, Gmail, or Apple Account
  • The Free web-based version of SketchUp
    The last video in the series shows a few non-Sketchup pieces of software. It is not required that you have this software to take the class. The reason for the demonstration is to show different ways to get your model out of SketchUp so you can decide which method works best for you and your CNC software.

If you’re brand new to Sketchup, consider our Intro to SketchUp course!