Sketchup for Beginners: How to Build A Pergola
From gravel to final finish, Sketchup is an excellent medium for designing and building a pergola on 'paper'—before making sawdust.
In this series, master carpenter (and SketchUp pro), Matt Jackson uses a pergola as an excuse to teach the building blocks SketchUp, highlighting critical 3D modeling skills along the way.
There are 17 videos in this seven-part tutorial.
Three videos: Making the Beams, Shaping the Beams, and Making 'Ceiling Joists' from the Beams
Three videos: Using the Geopositioning Tool to Optimize Shade, Spacing Multiple Pieces of Lattice without Math, and some Advanced Lattice Modeling Tips
Two videos showing how to convert the layout rectangle into a concrete patio with a paver border, and adding concrete piers as a foundation
The final video in the series: Did you model the pergola to be too tall? How to Lower the Joists and Narrow the Width of the Pergola