Many woodworkers feel ill-at-ease when they first try to use their computer to create a digital furniture design. Many try once, find themselves overwhelmed and never try again. In this course, students will address the difficulties that regularly defeat users new to 3D CAD using the default program for the hobbyist woodworker, SketchUp. Students find that by learning the key concepts behind 3D CAD while exploring the basics of the SketchUp program in a low-stress environment, they can reduce their learning curve significantly. This course is also excellent preparation for those looking to delve into the more advanced features covered in “Supercharge SketchUp with Bob Lang” August 10-11. Mark will base his workshop around the use of basic SketchUp features and concepts while constructing and manipulating a 3D drawing of a simple real-life example – a rolling worktable that currently sits in Mark’s workshop. If you are already using SketchUp to successfully create original designs, this class may be too basic. If, however, you are frustrated by your past CAD experiences, this class will offer alternative approaches that will enhance your appreciation for digital design.