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    I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    I found this DVD instruction set from WWGOA.

    https://www.wwgoa.com/product/sketch...9&vscid=C11309

    I'm looking for alternatives or positive reviews of this series. I'd especially welcome input from our resident expert Dave Richards.

    My problem is that I feel Sketchup would greatly help me with my designs, but every time I go to use it I get frustrated and figure I could just build the thing quicker than I could design it. I guess if I took the time to get past the learning curve, I'd get over that feeling, but it is hard when a project needs to be done. Maybe I need to take time out when not under pressure to produce and spend time to design.
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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken, I feel exactly the same as you do about sketchup. I've never tried those videos by wwgoa but have tried other places in my attempt to learn it. After a short time, I just give up and sometimes feel you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I start whatever sketchup course it is and part way into it, I just give up. Whether it's because there are other things running through my mind that have to be done, the inability to concentrate or I get to the point where I say, "I just can't learn this", the end result is the same.

    There is an online course, www.sketchupforwoodworkers.com I tried with no success. If perhaps it's possible to get with someone who run a seminar for "sketchup challenged" people, I would gladly attend.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken,

    The WWGOA set looks affordable enough but only covers 3 hours, which uses a portion of the first to actually install and setup SketchUp. Jay Bates has some good instructional videos https://jayscustomcreations.com/sketchup/ that only cost the time to watch them. If you don't get what you need from JB, then go with the WWGOA DVD sets.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    I've never gotten along with SketchUp either as I was trained in more traditional parametric modeling. If you have any previous experience with autoCAD or the like I would highly recommend trying OnShape which is a free cloud based CAD software. I've actually been considering putting together some instructional videos on tips and tricks for using it for woodworking. I've been doing CAD work for 12 or so years now on just about a daily basis.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Our resident expert is Dave Richards who co-authors a blog on Fine Woodworking dedicated to using SketchUp for Woodworking applications. He has also authored two FWW DVDs on using SketchUp (Basic and an Intermediate themes) and they are quite good. Another very good set of DVD's is marketed through Popular Woodworking featuring Joe Zeh that are also Basic and Intermediate levels. I really like Joe's DVDs but also refer to Dave's as well. I have not knowledge of the DVDs from WWGOA so I cannot comment on them.
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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken, I've had similar frustration learning to use Sketchup. The videos by Jay Bates (already referenced by bowman) have been the most useful educational resource I've found: https://jayscustomcreations.com/sketchup/

    Another good set of tutorials are those made by Matthias Wandel at: http://www.woodgears.ca/sketchup/index.html His are more structured educational tutorials, but packed with practical information.

    Between having a few real projects I'm trying to sketch out, and then searching Jay's or Matthias' videos for a Sketchup technique that I need to apply, I finally feel like the software is becoming more of a help than a burden. For me, the key was to take it in bite-sized chunks that I immediately applied to do something I want to design.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    My problem is that I feel Sketchup would greatly help me with my designs, but every time I go to use it I get frustrated and figure I could just build the thing quicker than I could design it.
    I'd get over that feeling, but it is hard when a project needs to be done.
    Commissions or compulsiveness don't necessarily have to have deadlines "to be done".

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Quote Originally Posted by McRabbet View Post
    Our resident expert is Dave Richards who co-authors a blog on Fine Woodworking dedicated to using SketchUp for Woodworking applications. He has also authored two FWW DVDs on using SketchUp (Basic and an Intermediate themes) and they are quite good. Another very good set of DVD's is marketed through Popular Woodworking featuring Joe Zeh that are also Basic and Intermediate levels. I really like Joe's DVDs but also refer to Dave's as well. I have not knowledge of the DVDs from WWGOA so I cannot comment on them.
    +1. I can speak for the basic DVD. It was good. Plus you can ask Dave questions on the site.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken, I've not viewed the WWGOA stuff on SketchUp. I can't tell you whether or not it's any good. Maybe it is but I do see a lot of not so good instruction out there that winds up teaching poor practices and often makes things harder than the need to be. One of the other links already provided early in this thread goes to some instruction that I would not recommend.

    I will say none of those people will do one-on-one personalized instruction but I do. I can answer e-mails or questions here on the forum but I can also do live support and instruction.

    If you want to connect, drop me a PM.

    Thanks to Rob and Jeremy. I'm happy to know you found my stuff useful.
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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken,

    Dave Richards did a session with us some time ago and it is posted on the NCWW YouTube Channel.

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Sketchup has a whole Youtube channel that has basics and skill builders. Most are 5-10 minutes. I don't use Sketchup all the time, but I when I can't remember exactly how to do something, I spend a few minutes getting a refresher on that function. I use it for all my designs.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/SketchUpVideo

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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Rob, Do you have links to purchase those sets of DVD's? Guess I can find them by searching around.
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    Re: I'm looking for Sketchup Instruction - options?

    Ken,

    Here is a links to the Fine Woodworking "Design, Click, Build" Blog that Dave Richards and Tim Killen co-author and to the DVD's that I cited earlier, SketchUp Basic and SketchUp Advanced. The Popular Woodworking SketchUp videos can be found here. I have the SketchUp 2014 DVDs by Joe Zeh.

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