sketchup ?

glenn bradley

@Jim Welton - Not to jump on the "Dave Richards is the man" wagon but, he is. I was exactly where you are years ago and was fortunate enough to get some help from Dave. Within about 20 minutes I went from frustrated to that "ah-ha" moment when things click. My fundamental stumbling block was having worked in 2D for so long that I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that I was looking at a 2D screen but working in a 3D space. Once that clicked I was off and running.

I am not and never will be a SketchUp pro but it has become really irreplaceable in my design, planning, and detail work. I would strongly recommend Dave's Sketch Up Basics course at a minimum along with his many Fine Woodworking online articles and videos. Despite having been reasonably proficient for years I do not possess many advanced skills but, I do not need them to get a great advantage from the tool.

I will add that while watching the training videos I get as much from "how" things are being done as I do from "what" is being done. Keyboard shortcuts, control, shift, and alt key functions, selecting from the left versus the right and so forth. I run SU 2017 in Windows 10 on a moderate system with a stout video card and monitor and get by pretty well.

P.s. Hi Dave :)

Bill Arnold

Staff member
Thomasville, GA
@Jim Welton - Not to jump on the "Dave Richards is the man" wagon but, he is. ...
My story is much like Glenn's. I had used a 2D system (Visio) for business technical drawings for years. I tried SU, but stumbled around not getting anywhere. Then I met Dave online, got a bit of instruction and the rest is history. I'm far from being a pro user but get cabinets, etc., drawn just fine on SU2017 on Win10 and Win11.

Brent Dowell

Staff member
Reno NV
Same here on the 2D. Used visio and loved it. At first I was trying to use sketchup as a 2d program, but something clicked. Mostly it had to do with figuring out how to get a cube, or a board modeled and from there it just became second nature.

I'm nowhere near Daves skills, but I manage to be able to draw most things I want to 3d print with sketchup quite easily. I've tried to get into other more technical cad programs, but I seem to always be able to do what I need to faster in SU.