SketchUp is a 3d modeling program that I use to design the vast majority of my projects. Being able to work out dimensions and update design options before entering the shop is a great way to increase efficiency and reduce material waste. While it does benefit this website greater by having each video on a unique page I’ve personally found it annoying to have to go back and forth looking for a specific video. If I’ve been annoyed by it I’m sure plenty of people out there have as well. The objective of this page is to have all of my SketchUp instructional videos and project design videos in one location that I can continue to update as I create new videos.

Download SketchUp

I’ve been using the old FREE version of SketchUp 8 for a long time. It does everything I need it to do so I don’t see a need to upgrade to the newer versions. As far as I know it is allowed to be used for commercial use as well. These top two links will download the SketchUp 8 windows version I use and the bottom link is for the Mac version. I do not have a Mac computer so I have not tested the Mac install file to verify that it works but several people have reported back to me that this install file does indeed work.

Wood Textures for SketchUp

SketchUp comes with a few wood textures but they aren’t that great to be honest. Here’s a better package to add.

SketchUp Shortcuts

For a complete list of SketchUp 8 shortcuts click here for windows and click here for mac. Below are some of the shortcuts I most commonly use:

  • Ctrl = adds a copy command to the move and rotate commands
  • Q = rotate
  • R = rectangle
  • T = tape measure
  • D = dimension (this is a custom keyboard shortcut I set and is not included by default)
  • M = move
  • Space Bar = selection command
  • Triple Click = when triple clicking a piece of model space geometry it selects everything in model space that is connected to that item
  • Double Click On Component = enters component edit mode
  • G = Turns selected model space geometry into a component
    • H = Hide
    • U = Unhide all
    • D = Dimension

SketchUp Videos

This is a complete list of every SketchUp video I have made I will continue to update this list as I publish new videos. To watch the video just click on each one. The list is sorted newest to oldest so the newest published content will always be on top. Click each link to watch the video or right click and open in a new tab to watch on the YouTube watch page.