Probably one of the best 3D modelling programs available to woodworkers today, it allows you to design to scale and get an idea of how your cabinet or desk for example will turn out.There is a whole community out in the cloud constantly adding their models to the 3D warehouse. Don’t worry about the learning curve because Sketchup have a bunch of video tutorials and books or even forums where you can ask questions and get answers.
Don’t forget the fun factor once you get into it! And yes it’s a little addictive.
I hope the above will help you in planning, costing and building, it has changed the way I build furniture and allowed me to focus on the bigger picture. Both Software programs are available for download of the web and is just a click away to the digital age of woodworking.
Visit my web page to view some of my product which I designed with sketchup – www.podoffice.co.za
Have Fun! Regards – Michael van Sittert