No more than a week or two after my blog entry on Sketchup, I got an email from Popular Woodworking taking about a whole new section of their web site dedicated to Sketchup as a design tool. They have their own forum for posing models, as well as a discussion group on Google relative to the models Pop Woodworking has created. There is also a section with some good educational resources that may also be helpful. Check out for more info.
Sketchup does seem to be quickly becoming the de facto (and free) tool for furniture design these days, and this new forum from PWW would further confirm that fact. Even if you don't know how to build in Sketchup, knowing how to manipulate components and explode drawings to investigate joinery techniques is a simple but potentially valuable skill. And I've heard from lots of people that they wished they knew SU better, and very few that feel they've wasted time learning the tool!