Ed's Custom Woodcrafts
SketchUp Make is the free version of Sketchup Pro, its a 3D modeling software that allows you to make 3 dimensional images of whatever it is you are building.
I use this software to design concept, to figure out specific dimensions, figure out how each part of the project relates to each other and that way I can figure out what type of joinery is to be used. I also use Sketchup to make cutlists and step by step building sequences, that way I dont get ahead of myself.
I have come across a few people who are intimidated by using such software thinking that its just too advanced or they do not have the skillset to master this software, but after all we are woodworkers or working with wood and what we dont know we research until we are confident enough to undertake.I first started using Sketchup 3 years ago and it took me a couple of weeks to started using the software as inteded by practicing making models, looking at Youtube videos and buying books on the subject and although I am not a master at it, I know enough to get by.
I realy enjoy using the software and I hope you try it out.