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SketchUp Basics

November, 5 - November, 6 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Want to make your projects even better? Sketch them up first!

Jesper Oster will lead you through the basics of using the SketchUp modeling tool to visualize and plan furniture, cabinetry, and more.

Designing your woodworking projects in advance is not only critical to making efficient use of time and materials, but will enable you to visualize your ideas and consider scale, proportion, and construction details—before you cut. While an old-fashioned pencil sketch still has its place, computer-aided design (CAD) software can produce high-quality 3D drawings with ease and will greatly expand your design capabilities.

SketchUp is one of the most popular, user-friendly, and powerful CAD programs available and is great for modeling furniture designs, as it can generate a 3D drawing with several perspectives, and can produce exploded views, which are a great help in planning construction and assembly.

This class will teach you the basics of using SketchUp for furniture design, including drawing a table as a sample project. While the web-based SketchUp Free is a popular option, this class will use SketchUp Pro, which includes some useful advanced features and is available for a free 30-day trial.

Please download Sketch-up Pro to your computer before the class. You can get a free 30-day trial by going to and following the directions.

You will learn:

  • How to set up SketchUp templates
  • How to navigate in 3D space
  • How to use tool bars in SketchUp
  • Drawing in 2D
  • Drawing in 3D
  • Measuring and using guide lines
  • Using groups
  • Moving and copying
  • Saving your work

Prerequisite: None. Open to all skill levels.

Tools required: Each student must bring their own laptop computer or a computer with monitor and 3-button mouse and must have SketchUp Pro installed on their computer before class begins. Download a free 30-day trial version at


Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understand these policies.
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked.
  • Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Meet your Instructor

Jesper Osther is a Master Carver. In addition, he is an expert on several Computer Aided Design programs including Sketch, layout, Solid Works, and Auto Cad to name a few.
In addition to his carvings, he creates construction grade drawings and renderings for shops around the valley and beyond. We are, indeed, fortunate to have a craftsman of his ability to come to teach at our school.


November 5, 2020@9:00 am
November 6, 2020@5:00 pm
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