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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 07-19-2017 09:21 PM

I’ve been using Sketchlist for years. I’ve tried to learn SketchUp many times. Just can’t get the hang of it. I can knock-up a piece of furniture or cabinet in no time using Sketchlist.

The software was created specifically for woodworkers. You create your drawing by inserting boards into your project. So it’s pretty intuitive.

Where it’s a little weak is in curved parts. So if you do a lot of bent laminations or steam bending type work, it may not be the best. I also struggle a little bit when I need to adjust the dimensions of the overall project. “What if the trestle table were 80” long instead of 76”. I wind up having to resize all of the boards individually, which is fairly quick and easy to do.

You can add edge profiles and holes and curved or angled cuts fairly easily. I don’t get too anal about the edge profiles being exact. The software handles the basics (chamfers, round-overs, cove, basic ogee). Like you said, the end result is highly dependent upon the bits I have in my arsenal. I’ve never encountered any issues with the profiles in the software not matching the profiles I actually cut.

Overall, I love it. They have a 30 day trial, so it’s worth a look.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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