Intro to Sketchup

Brian Benham

3D modeling is becoming a crucial part of the vocabulary of the modern woodworker. SketchUp is a modeling program that has been around for years and it's the software we use to design all of our projects here in the Guild. SketchUp is intuitive and fairly easy to work with, especially when guided by a knowledgeable instructor like Brian Benham. Best of all, this Intro to SketchUp course focuses on the 100% FREE web-based version of SketchUp. Whether you're looking to model projects for yourself or you simply want to modify the files we provide you with here in the Guild, this course will get you started on the right path.

Learn the basics of SketchUp from the guy who makes all of our Guild project files. Brian Benham will use the FREE web version of SketchUp to teach you how the primary modeling tools work as well as how to establish an efficient workflow.

  • 8 lessons
  • 143 min
  • $50.00

What will I receive?

  • Six detailed instructional videos  totaling over 2 hours.
  • Short-cut Key Cheat Sheets for Mac & PC.
  • Access to instructor for questions and clarifications.
  • All videos are digital and will be available for download upon purchase.

What will I learn?

  • How to use the primary modeling tools in Sketchup.
  • Best practices for 3d modeling in SketchUp.
  • A workflow that keeps your project editable for future design changes.
  • We will draw a full project together including tapered legs, aprons, mortise and tenon joinery, drawers, dovetails, pocket holes, and profiles.
  • Design tips and tricks that are applicable to just about any SketchUp project including layout strategies and scenes.

What will I need?

  • A PC or Mac with a 3-button mouse. Trackpads are not ideal.
  • An internet connection.
  • A Trimble or Gmail account.
  • The FREE web-based version of SketchUp.

About Your Instructor:

Brian began his career in the trades as a young boy working alongside his father learning basic construction techniques. By the time he was 13, he was working in a steel fabrication shop for a bridge construction company.  Being the kid in the shop, the old grizzled welders took pride in teaching him how to weld, set up his work area to be safe and productive, build jigs for production, and how to properly lay out a workpiece from shop drawings.

In his mid 20’s he took a job as a project manager for a design remodel company designing and remodeling spaces for commercial and residential clients. The company had an in-house cabinet shop so they could design and build from the ground up anything they needed for a project. When Brian wasn’t actively on a job site, you could find him in the cabinet shop, working alongside a shop master creating custom cabinets and built-ins.

All these years of designing and building things honed his skills to give him the confidence he needed to start his own business.  In 2010 Brian started his design-build firm Benham Design Concepts, specializing in designing and building art and custom furniture. His drive to learn new things has helped his portfolio grow and attract clients who are looking for the unusual. Brian has been making plans for the Wood Whisperer and the Wood Whisperer Guild for several years now and often provides consultation on TWW and Guild designs.