SketchUp Success for Woodworkers


Four simple rules to unleash your most powerful woodworking tool...

A simple and affordable 3-D design program, SketchUp can be used to draft anything your mind can imagine—from quick and simple drawings to elaborate woodworking project plans. Once mastered, SketchUp has the power and versatility to transform your design and woodworking process. From woodworking and SketchUp expert David Heim, SketchUp Success for Woodworkers is the distilled, essential guide you need to master this potent program. With a simple set of rules for success, easy-to-understand instructions, helpful screenshots, and step-by-step examples, SketchUp Success for Woodworkers will have you downloading SketchUp after breakfast and drawing detailed and useful plans by the time the dinner bell rings. 

Inside SketchUp Success for Woodworkers, you’ll discover:

  • Expert advice geared specifically for woodworkers
  • Four reliable rules that allow you to create measured drawings, full-size patterns, and templates for any woodworking project you can dream up
  • Handy reference guides to SketchUp’s prompts, tool sets, and vocabulary that will have you comfortable in no time
  • Tips and techniques to guide you through the drawing process so that you can construct woodworking projects faster and with fewer costly mistakes
  • A helpful guide to plugins to generate cut lists, clean up models, and much more
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About the Author:

David Heim grew up in Colorado and moved to New York City to attend college at Columbia University. He managed to graduate and go on to earn a master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School. This led to a 28-year editorial career at Consumer Reports magazine. After leaving Consumer Reports, his love of woodworking landed him at Fine Woodworking magazine. There, he edited an article by a retired engineer about a certain 3-D design and modeling program known as SketchUp and his curiosity bloomed. Since then, he has used SketchUp in one activity or another nearly every day. He has edited three SketchUp books. He regularly teaches an introductory SketchUp class at his local Woodcraft store, at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, and at the Brookfield Craft Center of Connecticut. And he has posted more than 400 models of traditional and contemporary furniture to a SketchUp database known as the 3D Warehouse. David currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.  Also on the board of the American Woodturner's Association, David used his SketchUp acumen in publishing his first book with Spring House Press, Woodturning Patterns, in July 2017.