Sketchup Training Resources

Below are a few resources to consider if you want to brush up on your SketchUp and Layout skills. Our own Joe Zeh is a nationally recognized SketchUp expert who has written a book and prepared multiple DVD and online training courses. You can also check out Joe’s website, including his blog which is full of woodworking and SketchUp tips.

SketchUp Keyboard Shortcuts – Mac

SketchUp Keyboard Shortcuts – PC

A SketchUp Guide Created Especially for Woodworkers!

SketchUp is a fantastic design tool for woodworkers. It can save you time, materials and money by letting you test your designs before you even make your first cut. But, as with any computer software, there is a learning curve.

This comprehensive guide, in PDF form, by Joe Zeh provides you with the guidance you need to use the program effectively. Created from a woodworker’s perspective, SketchUp: A Design Guide for Woodworkers helps you create beautiful furniture designs and reduces chances of costly construction errors. This is a great resource for any CabWriter user. Inside you’ll find:

    • Step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring the program to get the most functionality for your woodworking designs
    • Explicit guidance to help you fully understand and use SketchUp’s wide array of tools
    • Helpful directions for employing Ruby scripts to extend SketchUp’s usefulness for designing furniture
    • Specialized instruction for modelling the complex shapes necessary for furniture design
    • In-depth examples and exercises, plus more than 600 detailed illustrations and screen captures

There are plenty of SketchUp guides out there, but this one concentrates specifically on what woodworkers or cabinetmakers need to know. Let this guide help you learn how to get the most out of this versatile tool.

Format:  PDF File

Basic SketchUp for Woodworkers (Online Course)

Free with the purchase of any CabWriter product!

We feel strongly that to get the most out of CabWriter, it is important to have a solid understanding of basic SketchUp techniques, so we’re offering free enrollment in this course with the purchase of any CabWriter product. After your purchase, you will receive a coupon good for the full purchase price of this course to use in your cart when you enroll.

From Imagination, to computer, to wood…

Since it was first introduced, SketchUp has helped thousands of woodworkers create, correct and perfect their furniture designs before the first piece of expensive wood is cut. In this online video based course, Joe Zeh, an expert in Sketchup and Computer Aided Design (CAD) shows you how easy SketchUp is to use.

In this Sketchup for Woodworkers tutorial, learn how to:
    • Set up the your environment and use the basic tools.
    • Design a piece from the ground up, including drawers.
    • Work with texturing, components and layers.
    • Master dimensioning and more.

Whether you’re experienced with SketchUp or are just beginning, this guide will help you master all the expanded features of the latest versions in easy-to-follow individual chapters.


Intermediate SketchUp 2014 for Woodworkers (DVD)

Now includes a new 1-hour video produced by Joe Zeh detailing all you need to know about SketchUp Make 2015

Take your Sketchup designs to the next level!

If you’ve learned the basics of Sketchup design and are ready to expand to more complex shapes, this DVD video course will show you how. Furnituremaker and Sketchup expert Joe Zeh will walk you through all the steps you need to create curves and other forms so you can design more sophisticated projects such as reproduction period furniture or early American furniture.


SketchUp to Layout is available as a digitally downloadable ebook, paperback, or video course and is a great resource for learning how to get your model from SketchUp to the Layout application and walks you through the steps necessary to create professional shop drawings.  Highly recommended…