Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Designing With Sketchup With Bob Lang

Dates: 8/5 - 8/9
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $725
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that will make you a better woodworker. Learn to build a project on your computer before heading to the shop, and you will have detailed, accurate information and work sequences at your fingertips. With SketchUp you can develop working plans and explore design variations quickly and efficiently. Starting with setting up an efficient drawing environment, the class will quickly learn to make, modify and manipulate parts. Parts will then be combined into basic furniture forms in ways that will simplify both the design and the building process. In addition to learning how to use the software, students will also learn the process of designing attractive, well-made furniture. The information in a good design is a powerful tool for the shop, and we will explore ways to extract and use that information to generate printed working drawings and accurate cut lists and to plan work sequences.

SketchUp is available as a free download at sketchup.google.com. Students will need to bring their own computer to class. Students will also need a three-button scroll wheel mouse. The three-button mouse is essential to working with this program efficiently. Students should download and install the program and work through the included tutorial before class.

Key Points:

*Overcome the common problems SketchUp beginners struggle with
*Learn efficient methods of planning your work, perfecting the plan and extracting useful information from your plan
*Prevent mistakes in the shop by building a virtual model of your next project
*Explore design variations with a few clicks of the mouse
*Generate accurate three-dimensional cut lists showing every part and every joint
*Develop plans quickly so you can spend more time in the shop

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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