SketchUp is a versatile drawing program that lets you create 3D models of your project, allowing you to figure out proportions, dimensions, and joinery layout with great accuracy. This online course—taught by renowned SketchUp expert Dave Richards—will give you all the tools necessary to start designing and modeling your projects in 3D. Dave’s lessons will make your work in SketchUp more efficient, which ultimately will make your time in the shop more efficient.


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What You Will Learn in This Online Course

SketchUp takes the guesswork out of woodworking by helping you build accurate plans that avoid errors while you build. After taking this course you'll be able to use this versatile program to nail down all of your construction details before you turn on your shop lights.

The Basics

  • Controls and navigation
  • Drawing essential shapes
  • Style settings, tags, and layers



Modeling Parts

  • Cabinet components
  •  Doors
  •  Drawers
  •  Table legs

Joinery Layout

  • Dovetails
  • Mortise and tenons
  •  Rabbets




Beyond Basics

  • Modeling and customizing hardware
  • Creating cutlists and shop drawings
  • Building custom proposals



Meet the Instructor

Dave Richards has been a SketchUp user and teacher for more than 15 years. He is an authorized SketchUp trainer and uses the drawing program for a wide variety of projects, from tiny medical devices to architectural projects. His primary use is drawing woodworking projects and plans for himself as well as for a number of professional woodworkers and cabinetmakers. He also draws project plans for Fine Woodworking and is a contributor to the blog "Design. Click. Build". He is the author of the SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers (The Taunton Press). Dave is a retired Biomedical Equipment Technician and Instructor of Anesthesiology in the Mayo College of Medicine. He lives in Rochester, MN, with his wife, son, and one dog.