Want to make your projects even better? Sketch them up first!
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 exploding 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 https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup and following the directions.
Open to all skill levels.