New SketchUp book for woodworkers

I’m very pleased to say that Spring House Press has just published my new book, “SketchUp Success for Woodworkers.” It’s organized around what I call my Rules for Success–the basic good practices you need to know and follow if you want SketchUp to behave.
You can preview the book by following this link:
You can buy the book on, or from me via my Etsy shop. The cover price is US$24.95, but Amazon and yours truly offer a discount.


Your models are so gorgeous. You pick beautiful things to model, then you draw them so clearly. And usually small files!

I recently started putting together a collection, but had to keep telling myself I had to include somebody else’s models besides yours.

The book looks really good. Best of luck with it!

Many thanks for your good words.

Congrats on your book!

Hope your post doesn’t get flagged for promoting a product because SketchUp doesn’t want their customers to. It is a SHAME because your book seems it could bring more people to SketchUp.

But, maybe you’ll be lucky and manage to slide under the radar from the flag boogeyman.

Yes, I am bitter because I tried to make a Blog to showcase tutorials on how to code SketchUp extensions but SketchUp does not want me to. Oh well, enough with my rant.


Thank you for complimenting my new book. Much appreciated. So far, I’ve managed to avoid the flag boogeyman.

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I purchased the book and found a problem. Chapter 8, intersecting two cylinders. In the example two cylinders are created, one on the blue axis and one smaller one on the red axis. The smaller one is positioned into the side of the larger one. Then the Edit>Intersect Faces command selected. A line appears to define the intersection. Erasing the visible part of the second cylinder should leave a shallow hole in the first cylinder. This doesn’t work for me. When I try this it leaves the intersection line only on the first cylinder. Did I miss something?

After you run the Intersect Faces command, erase the visible part of the horizontal cylinder. You should then see a curved line on the vertical cylinder that’s left over from the horizontal cylinder. With the Select tool, click the area inside that curved line, then press Delete. You should see the shallow hole. As I say in the book, the Solid Tools feature of SketchUp Pro simplifies this intersection command somewhat. A plugin called Eneroth Solid Tools does the same thing, but a little better.
Hope this helps.

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Yes, this worked. I erased the end of the small cylinder that is out in the air, then looking down into the small cylinder I erased the end inside of the large cylinder, then erase the rest of the small cylinder. Thank you.

p.s. The book is printed on really nice heavy paper, I’m impressed with the quality.

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Glad the advice helped. And thank you for the compliment about the book’s print quality.

Is this a good book for users of SketchUp Web? Or does one have to use the desktop/download versions?

The book was written for users of the desktop versions, mainly SketchUp Make 2017 but also SketchUp Pro. One web-based version of SketchUp came out shortly before I finished the book, so I included some opinions about the usefulness of SketchUp Free. I still believe that the web-based versions are not well-suited for woodworkers, but that opinion may change as SketchUp improves and enhances the web-based versions.
SketchUp Make is still available and, in my view, is still the best version for hobbyists to use. It remains free.

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