Jeff Branch is a woodworker and blogger. In the pre-SketchUp years, the majority of Jeff’s furniture design was via pencil and graph paper. Jeff now designs furniture projects using SketchUp Pro, which he also uses as an illustration tool in the project plans he creates.
Last April, the editor of American Woodturner asked me to do a SketchUp drawing of a unique lathe. Designed by a young Canadian shop teacher named Scott Lewis, the lathe draws its power from a person pedaling bicycle cranks to drive a flywheel. This SketchUp project quickly drew me toward a program that introduces woodturning to less-developed areas worldwide.
David Heim is a veteran book and magazine editor specializing in woodworking. He has been writing about and teaching SketchUp for more than four years, and says he never begins any project until he has previewed it in SketchUp. This is another guest post from David on modeling principles for woodworkers.