Computer Applications For Woodworking
I am an Electrical Engineer by training. My career
spanned 35 years in computer system and microprocessor
design and development, and 3D graphics graphics chip
design and development. My comfort with computer
hardware, software and graphics has allowed me to
integrate my love of woodworking, hand tools and power
tools with computers and software tools. On this page I
will describe the applications I use most and give
specific examples where I have applied them in my work.
These are not meant to be product reviews but rather a
general description of the product with some opinions
and experiences thrown in.
Four applications are at the heart of my furniture
IMSI Design, LLC,
is a Computer Aided Design (CAD) tool for 2D and 3D
design. It is optimized for architectural and
mechanical design. TurboCADTM
is both a surface and solid modeler.
For a more complete description see
is a modeling tool that you can use to create,
modify and share 3D models. It comes in two
versions. Google SketchUp 6 which can be downloaded
and used for free. Google SketchUp Pro 6 adds the
ability to share your data with other software, get
email technical support, and create professional
presentations—both print and digital—from your
models. SketchUp is a surface modeler. For a more
complete description see
CutlistPlus by Bridgewood
Design is a cut
list & parts manager that also aids in material
inventory, labor tracking and proposal generation.
It is optimized for sheet goods woodworking such as
cabinet making but works for fine furniture making
- Wood Movement Master by Kite
Hill Software is an application that lets you
calculate how much pieces in your project will
expand/contract with seasonal temperature and
humidity changes. It supports a large number of
moisture meters and wood species.