Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Sketchup for Today's Woodworker with Bob Lang

Dates: 7/22/2017 - 7/23/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $300
Deposit: $125

SketchUp is an affordable, easy to learn and useful three-dimensional modeling program. Time in the shop is more enjoyable with a good plan in place, and with SketchUp the average woodworker has a powerful design and engineering tool capable of quick and accurate planning for furniture or other woodworking projects. This class will get the SketchUp novice up and running, and concentrate on using the program to develop designs and to plan accurate parts lists and work processes. Starting with setting up an efficient drawing environment, the class will quickly learn to model, modify, and manipulate parts, which will then be combined into basic furniture forms in ways that will simplify both the design and the building process. The information in a good design is a powerful tool for the shop, and Bob will explore ways to extract and use that information to generate printed working drawings, create accurate cut lists, and plan work sequences. SketchUp is available as a free download at sketchup.com. Students will need to bring their own laptop computer to class that has a 3-button scroll wheel mouse. The 3-button mouse is essential to working with this program efficiently. Students should download and install the program and work through the included tutorial before arriving to class to ensure that their hardware and software are functioning properly. For students who have NO SketchUp experience it is recommended to take the May 6 - 7 "SketchUp for the beginner" class first.

Key Points:

  • Overcome the common problems with which SketchUp beginners struggle
  • 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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