Have you ever heard about Google SketchUp? No?
Well, maybe in the next few lines you’ll find out that your future woodworking performances could have a dramatic improvement. So, keep on reading.
Google SketchUp is a completely FREE software that you can download right here and will let you produce very effective and workable woodworking models and plans. Actually SketchUp was not conceived only for woodworking but it’s useful everywhere a 3D modeling is required. This is the reason why architects and designers of any kind use Sketchup very effectively in their job.
SketchUp is very simple and intuitive to new users, nevertheless is a powerful software; you can design your model, orbit, zoom and pan around it, determine every little detail and make it clear to your mind before going to the workshop and transform a piece of timber in a nice furniture piece. In addition to that you can explode your model, have an orthogonal view of every single piece, print it full scale, for example when you have a particular shape to follow on the bandsaw or when you just want to layout your joints directly onto the piece without losing time reporting every single measure on every single piece.
With Google SketchUp you’ll define the right style of your model, you’ll add textures, you’ll create scenes and layers for particular views you want to set up.
Finally, with Google SketchUp you can count on one of the largest communities on the web and you’ll never be alone when needing an advice.
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Take a look at this video introduction on the official Google page.