I'm a pen and graph paper kind of guy...
When I design something, I do it with graph paper & a pen. A couple of drafts later ... I head to the shop.
I'm doing more corporate work now, and that's not exactly, uh, professional.
My son, the engineer, turned his nose up on my state of the art. He seemed to think there should be CAD software in my future.
So ... is Sketch up still the recommended solution for a somewhat computer literate woodworker, or is there an alternative I should be considering? Here are 2 current projects:
1. A tequila gift box that will be presented to the cast & crew of a TV show. It holds a bottle of Patron + 4 shot glasses. 8" x 10" x 6", approximately. This is the project that the Engineer thought I needed a better plan than a sketch on graph paper (and he was right). I'm making 100 copies.
2. A retail display for a new hair product. I'm making a 3-step display with holes CNC'd in the steps to hold the product. A display back slips into a slot, and that back will hold the printed point of purchase display. I'll be making 2,500 copies.
Your wisdom, as always, is much appreciated.
Some eye candy of recent projects ... that got designed in Aspire. Well ... at least part of them did.