I didn't realize how entrenched SketchUp had become in the woodworking world until I took a woodworking class at Red Rocks Community College here in Colorado. One of the class requirements was to download and start using SketchUp. Since then - in between trying to learn how to cut dovetail joints - I've noticed how prevalent SketchUp has become in various woodworking publications, blogs included.
One of my current favorites is Finewoodworking.com's Digital Furniture Project Plans. Anatole Burkin, VP Digital Content Director of Taunton Press, noted that this will appeal to anyone who's interested in modifying one of the projects listed on the website. Being able to adapt a design to suit your sensibilities is useful to both the people who buy the plans and those who offer them for sale. Most plans are only $12.95 and include printable PDFs.
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