If you’re interested in exploring some woodworking projects, there’s a cool way to get an interactive look at the mechanics of various items from tool boxes to furniture using Google Sketchup. Popular Woodworking Magazine offers Sketchup versions of all of the woodworking projects in its ‘I Can Do That!’ series and many more items, with over 200 free plans available to download.
For the uninitiated, Google Sketchup is a free program that enables you to create three-dimensional digital models of virtually anything. It’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use, with introductory lessons offering animated guidance and tips for each tool.
Check out the Sketchup plans for everything from a small Shaker carry box to a garden swing. Getting a look at them in Sketchup enables an enhanced understanding of how the parts fit together, so beginning to intermediate woodworkers have more confidence in their ability to tackle each project.
Eastern White Pine is an ideal wood type for many of these projects – learn more about its desirable characteristics for woodworking, and check out a few more small craft projects.