SketchUp for Woodworkers Guide - SketchUp Tutorial
Prior to SketchUp, I just made designs with pencil and paper and a couple of general computer applications that were not intended for furniture design. I felt constrained, and the limitations of the tools were negatively affecting my designs. I wanted to gain the efficiency of a “real design tool” that would allow me to work in three dimensions with a tool set that was purpose-built for detailed illustrations, so I finally made a commitment to learn SketchUp.
Right Angle Braces - Wood Mag Tip of the Day For each pair, start with a 12″ square of 3⁄4″ Baltic-birch plywood and cut it in half diagonally. Then cut notches for the clamps, above. You can vary sizes to suit larger or smaller projects. The braces help with more than glue-ups. Clamp a pair to a chest, above, to support the lid as you install hinges.