Super Simple 2D Plans – and why I don't use Sketchup! [Video #383]

Super Simple 2D Plans – and why I don't use Sketchup! [Video #383]

Hi everyone. You know every time I show a set of plans in a video, I get two kind of comments – what #software do I use to make them, and why don’t I use #Sketchup? So in this video I explain why I don’t use Sketchup, and I take you through the most recent set of client #drawings, one rectangle at a time. Enjoy!

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iMac 4k – (US:

Graphic software; Graphic (formerly iDraw) is an OSX/iOS only app (there are many alternatives for the Windows world) – learn more at

Rode Smartlav+ – (US:

Rode SC3 adapter – (US:

Rode PSA1 mic stand – (US:

Shure Beta 58A – crazy price, honestly, look elsewhere! (US:

Audio recorder/interface, Zoom H6 – (US:

Other useful gear…

Festool PDC 18/4 – (US:

Festool CXS – (US:

Festool TS55 Tracksaw – (US:

Festool MFT – (US:

Festool Midi extractor – (US:

Festool lever clamp – (US:

Festool ETS 150/5 – (US:

Festool Kapex 120 – (US:

Festool Granat abrasive – (US:

Festool RTS 400 – (US:

Festool ETS 150/5 – (US:

Festool CTL Sys – (US:

Festool CTL SYS Bags – (US:

Trend Air Stealth Facemask – (US:

Spax screws – (US:

Bahco 6” combi square – (US:

Silicone brush set – (US:

Silicone brush (single) – (US:

Polyvine PolyTen PVA – (US:

Mirock square –

Maxitek Storm D4 adhesive –

Hot glue gun –

Glue sticks – (US:

Bessey Duo Klamp – (US:

Hultafors Talmeter tape measure – (US:

Moldex 6810 in-ear defenders – (US:



  1. Peter Martin on December 14, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Thank for the video I am going to look in to 2D drawings. As I’m going to make some under stair storage thanks again and keep it coming

  2. Man in the sky on December 14, 2022 at 12:40 am

    What program are you using

  3. Gordon Lamb on December 14, 2022 at 12:40 am

    I wish all software was explained like this

  4. Alf B on December 14, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Been trying to find something like this for ages! Too man 🙌🏼

  5. Neil Scrivener on December 14, 2022 at 12:41 am

    For me personally Sketchup is king when it comes to furniture designing, especially one offs. However, I have used it since it first was released and so I know every shortcut command and trick needed to really speed things up. I always recommend it to people but always get the same feedback – "I gave up as I just couldn’t use it!". So a lot of effort needs investing into learning SU, but once learnt it’s in a league of it’s own.

  6. Sean Ward on December 14, 2022 at 12:41 am

    I seen you using a planer/thickness machine.
    I have one from HBM and it has started to not plane flat, and ideas what may be wrong.
    Thanks in advance😊

  7. Zee Malota on December 14, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Great video. Omnigraffle is also pretty good for Mac, and also available on iPad.

    I find it’s horses for courses, nothing beats the simplicity of 2d, my partner needs to see a 3D version of a piece of furniture to visualise it. And you are right, Peter "will it be that colour?" and similar questions are exactly what happens!

  8. Roger Pence on December 14, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Peter’s simple, concise, and direct approach is so very effective. I have learned so much from your videos, Peter. Thank you for them. The canonical Windows version of Peter’s Mac-based software is Adobe Illustrator. That is a pricey package. A superb, low-cost ($50 US) alternative to Illustrator is Affinity Designer ( Affinity Designer works almost exactly like Illustrator and the Mac software that Peter used. Highly recommended for Windows (Affinity Designer is also available for the Mac and the iPad). I am in no way affiliated with Affinity–I’m just a happy user.

  9. jeff on December 14, 2022 at 12:45 am


  10. James Kind on December 14, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Hi Peter. I got very excited when I saw your video but am I right in thinking this is only for apple computers or is there anything for windows 10.

  11. Adam Law on Photography on December 14, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Glad I found your channel. Love your approach. Your exacting standards are to be admired. Brilliant

  12. Alan Morgan on December 14, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Having been bowled over by the simplicity of the Graphic software and how you used it Peter, imagine my disappointment to find it’s only for Apple users. A post below suggests Inkscape is similar, but after a quick trawl through youtube, Inkscape doesn’t strike me as being as straight forward to use as Graphic (but maybe it is?) – ho hum, back to the search engine to see if something good for Windows users jumps out at me in the way Graphic did.

  13. Bill Giles on December 14, 2022 at 12:46 am

    For years I’ve used Word for simple diagrams. Even in scientific reports and proposals. I started to learn Sketchup but found it a steep learning curve and no longer free.

  14. Peter Maddison on December 14, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Note: If you do email it, remember to delete the dimentions layer first.

  15. Frans van Velzen on December 14, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Hi Peter, take a look at Catchbook (don’t know if it’s available for Mac).

  16. Cornel Masson on December 14, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Inkscape is similar, is open-source (free) and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. 😉

  17. Mrki on December 14, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I’m amateur in every aspect but Sketchup is plain simple and powerful with addons. Great channel sir, learned a lot from you. For simple wardrobe and other design, cut list and all just buy Polyboard, best software and easy to use.

  18. Karl Cusack on December 14, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Great video. Thanks. SketchUp has fried my brain for years. 🤦‍♂️👍🏻

  19. Ben Perry on December 14, 2022 at 12:57 am

    PERFECT! This is exactly what I need. Well done

  20. Karl Newman on December 14, 2022 at 12:59 am

    I cannot find I draw

  21. Peter M on December 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

    sorry , a bit off subject but what is the music in your video at the end ? Thanks

  22. Andrew Stambaugh on December 14, 2022 at 1:02 am

    less than 2 min in and I already thumbs up’d.
    As a designer, builder, creator – starting simple and worrying about complicated details later is a big plus.

  23. Ryno Vlad on December 14, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Great video! You said that doing this in SketchUp takes a lot of time and me being curious by nature I actually tried to see how fast I can do what you did here, same dimensions, normal speed work, but 3D modeling in SketchUp Pro 2021 and it took me exactly 6 minutes and I added a backsplash board too 😀 I think it’s fast enough and it’s a 3D model, what do you think? Still a lot of time spent?

  24. Martin Stone on December 14, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Hi. Thanks for the tips. Does anyone have a link to the software Graphic? Thanks in advance.

  25. Tobias S S on December 14, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Would be nice to leave Links to these various design programs. Saves me from treasure hunting for them and most likely stumbling upon some sketchy website with a sketcy download button

  26. SCAN Woodworking on December 14, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Great video thanks 👍🏼

  27. jeff on December 14, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Link to Graphics? Plse.

  28. Adrian Ellis on December 14, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I will try this, could not get on with sketch up,,

  29. Walter Garon on December 14, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Where can I get this program?

  30. David Harnett on December 14, 2022 at 1:11 am

    As an ex Draughtsman who worked with a drawing board I prefer 2D but I had to progress to Auto Cad, Auto Desk is or was a basic version of Auto Cad. So Peter your demo of Graphic was interesting, keep it simple if it works for you. I am almost 75 years old now so simple is good, I used Draftsight at one time but it is more complicated than I need. I also have an iMac, so to see it working on yours has prompted me to get this program. Thank you for your videos you always take time to explain very clearly!

  31. Fredrik Emilsson on December 14, 2022 at 1:12 am

    So basically a 2D line drawing that you could as easily make in SketchUps LayOut with sketch to scale. But in that package you also get the 3D modellering.

  32. OrganistJohn on December 14, 2022 at 1:14 am

    I use paint…

  33. jibba02 on December 14, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Please spend 60min to learn fusion. You’ll thank me later!

  34. TOWERDAVE48 on December 14, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Auto CAD LT for me.

  35. imalaz on December 14, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Interesting… also, the software looks like a copy of Corel paint shop pro

  36. Michael Bond on December 14, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Cool! I use PowerPoint of all hints, and it works really well for me

  37. Peter Eller on December 14, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Very Nice I use for my vector layouts I find it much faster than any other native mac app and I can share the files directly with clients

  38. MondoTV on December 14, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Basically they’ve almost copied the interface and commands from Illustrator.

  39. jothain on December 14, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Seems a bit of an hassle to use compared to Fusion 360 which I personally use for my things. Note that I don’t do much wood working stuff, but I modeled my diy router table with it. For me it’s better for visualization as I can easily import or at least do mockup of, let’s say my router model into work space and visualize that I have enough to use ie. speed controls, switches and so on. I’ve F’d up so many times by going full into without planning properly beforehand. Also note that I’m not saying that 2D drawings aren’t valid. They’re vital at manufacturing, but for design I 100% prefer 3D these days.

  40. Basseba on December 14, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Nice video, thank you for showing how easy it can be. No need to complicate things.
    One question though, when you draw the dimensions it says, in the left corner, "line tool" with coordinates and then "type" with three buttons and it appears one of them is a dimension line with arrows and all. Is it something you have tried or am I seeing thing wrong?

  41. Simon on December 14, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Brilliant, you have a real knack for cutting through the clag. Thanks!

  42. G THOMAS Duffy on December 14, 2022 at 1:28 am

    It’s frustrating because you don’t name the program that you’re actually recommending

  43. Mike Rosen on December 14, 2022 at 1:29 am

    On a Mac, I use RealCADD.

  44. Ramin Y'Bhatti on December 14, 2022 at 1:29 am

    "Will it be that colour?" Normies are the worst, I mean, really. 😅

  45. andrew bell on December 14, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Very useful 😎👍✅

  46. CSK on December 14, 2022 at 1:33 am

    You could do thid in Layout from Sketchup, without having to use the full 3d package.

  47. garry smythe on December 14, 2022 at 1:35 am

    I am looking for a sketch up type prog for android , and suggestions

  48. OneEyedPhotographer on December 14, 2022 at 1:35 am

    I would have saved a lot of time had I realised earlier that this is Apple only.

  49. John Vodopija on December 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    I really like the ease with which you can create a design. I’m hooked on Sketchup 2017 using the free Open Cut List extension which helps me to produce a cutting list and optimise use of lumber and sheet goods. Thank you for the video. Cheers 👍😎🇦🇺

  50. Ro K on December 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    LibreCAD is a very good program for producing accurate 2D technical drawings.
    It has all the important features you would find in AutoCAD (including tape measure 🙂 and dimensioning), runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. And it is free.