I looked around and I couldn't find a discussion about the rendering software some of you use to render your different wood working project designs. Anyone have any good programs that are somewhat easy to use and render really well?
I'd go with what they're saying, sketch up. I'm fortunate in that I've been taught how to use Adobe Illustrator since I'm a graphic designer by trade. My brother Denny has been known to use Microsoft Excel, believe it or not. My other brother, Dan, uses CAD, but then he's an architect.
I haven't dealt with Sketchup, but that's probably your best bet right out of the gate.
The pocket hole components I created in sketchup are useful in planning your project as they will be laid out where the holes would be on your stock. You'll see if the hole will be too close to an edge or if it would cut out of the edge, and rethink your plans. Once you use the plans with cutlist, it will tally all of the holes too so you could know how many of each screw type to use, besides it calculating your boards you need.
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