Power Up Your Design Skills 

SketchUp takes the guesswork out of woodworking by helping you create accurate plans that avoid errors while you build. This intensive course will help improve your SketchUp skills, giving you more advanced tools to design and build better furniture projects with efficiency. 

Course begins March 8, 2023

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To get the most from this course, participants should be familiar with SketchUp's tools and functionality.

Work Smarter with SketchUp

SketchUp is a versatile drawing program used to create 3D models of a project, allowing you to figure out proportions, dimensions, and joinery layout with great accuracy. If you’ve been using SketchUp, here’s your chance to take a deeper dive into it. This online course—taught by renowned SketchUp expert Dave Richards—will guide students in how to use SketchUp’s powerful tools for designing and modeling furniture projects in 3D. Dave’s in-depth lessons, useful tips, and smart program shortcuts will make your work in SketchUp more efficient, which ultimately will make your time in the shop more efficient. 

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

 

 

 

The Next Level

  • 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.

SketchUp for Furniture Design

$249   $199

Early Bird Pricing Expires Jan. 21, 2023

Course begins March 8, 2023

Nail down project details before you turn on your shop lights.  

  • Review the basics 
  • Model furniture, joinery, and hardware 
  • Develop accurate cutlists and project plans 
  • Attend live Q&A sessions and join conversations in the community forum 
  • INCLUDES: Help sheets with shortcuts and tips plus a free cabinet plan 
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How the Course Works

SketchUp for Furniture Design is a premium online course that allows you to learn at your own pace. The course is divided into “milestones” that contain a group of related video lessons that you access on demand. Each milestone is followed by a live Q&A session with the instructor Dave Richards. The Q&A will be recorded and available on-demand.

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