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Thread: Review - SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers by Dave Richards

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    Review - SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers by Dave Richards

    Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics


    After seeing the post about Dave's video a few days ago, I downloaded it. The DVD isn't available until May and I didn't want to wait! Dave has helped many of us on the Forum. He got me past a brain cramp and put me on a path that allowed me to progress with SketchUp to a point I can actually use it!

    As the title states, it contains the basics for someone beginning to learn the program. If you aren't sure whether you want to tackle it, the Guide will give you a good start. Although I am already at a point where I can produce recognizable drawings, there are many things Dave brings out in the video that were eye-openers to me. There are things we learn from each other on our Forum about specific functions, but I felt as if I was in a classroom when he demonstrated the use of Scenes when developing shop drawings. It made me realize that I need to go back over a couple of my drawings and make some modifications for efficiency.

    If you haven't looked at it, check it out here. It's well worth the cost.
    Bill Arnold - Website - ShopCam
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    I bought it as well but haven't really had a chance to check it out much. I know it will be good having already a few sessions with Dave under my belt.

    Garry

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    Good for you Bill in creating this post. I too got the download, i like Daves style of explaining things and to me the price was a no brainer for educational material. Its great to have on hand i have found. Makes it handy when you got a memory like mine and need a quick refresher all the time. I dont use sketchup enough to keep it all in my head. But i am getting better at it as a result of Dave and the classes here.
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    i havnt got it yet but will as i mentioned it here some time back,, for any of of our new members looking at it or not knowing what we are talking about go and give it a look on the Fine Wood Working site,, there is a short video clip on the dvd that dave richards has made up for SketchUp.. go give it a try and the program is free from google and the video is 12.95 or 16.95 for a dvd.. will make your next project much more complete//
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    I will be picking one up also in the near future, but need to pick up a new computer first as my laptop at home is near its end Thanks for the review Bill and Dave for creating it

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    I downloaded a copy last night and have to say WOW, what great tutorial series. Even though it's labeled 'basic' it covered a lot of questions I had in doing woodworking joinery and some of the techniques will definitely speed up my design skills...I recommend it...nice work Dave!
    Darren

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    thanks for the reminder i had forgotten about it..need to get mine as well
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    I'll download it today
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for that Darren. I'm glad you found it helpful. I hope Larry and Bob and everyone else does, too.
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    I've had sketchup on my computer for 3 or 4,maybe longer,years and have learned nothing from the tutorials that come with it.But I bought and down loaded sketchup basics a week ago,and learned more in the first hour of use than I've learned in the last 3 or 4 years.It is a really great learning tool and well worth the money.Thanks Dave
    Be nice to people on the way up,you'll see the same people on the way down.

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