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SketchList 3D Furniture Design Software Version 4 Shop, Windows Version

SketchList 3D is a full-featured woodworking design program that lets you quickly draft furniture and cabinetry and generate optimized cut lists.
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System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows XP , Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed and configured on a PC; 1.0 GHz processor (2.4 GHz recommended); 1 GB of RAM; 60 MB of free hard disk space; Initial registration and free bug fixes require an Internet connection.

SketchList 3D is a computerized drafting program specifically designed for the needs of cabinetmakers and furniture makers. It allows you to easily manipulate three-dimensional objects on your screen in a natural, intuitive way, assembling your cabinet much the way you would in your shop. Create precisely dimensioned virtual boards with a few clicks, then drag and drop to the correct position, or copy and paste to duplicate the board on the other side. Drag corners and edges to quickly align with the overall exterior dimensions, defined at the beginning of the process. As your drafts rapidly come together, all required drawings, reports and cut lists are automatically updated in real time in the background. Joinery, hole drilling, and contours are easy to integrate. Add tenons to the ends of your boards with a few clicks, and all relevant lengths are automatically updated on the cut list. You can also create a personalized library of objects for repetitive use. Fast, flexible and easy-to-use, Sketchlist 3D will save you time, allow you and your customers to easily visualize your designs, and save money by eliminating mistakes and rework.

  • Create 3D joinery with a few mouse clicks: tenons, tongue and groove, miter, dado, rabbet
  • Add contours to board edges with a few mouse clicks: round over, cove, chamfer, V-groove, bullnose, roman ogee
  • Use either imperial or metric units
  • Easily drag and drop to position objects within your design
  • Blue dot corners let you drag to dimension, or copy and paste location values to butt boards together
  • Import/export functions let you easily share your designs with customers
  • Shape tool lets you cut angles and curves in your boards
  • Materials management lets you add and size materials as required
  • A customizable library of standard objects let you easily drop in frequently used parts
  • Drag edges to easily modify dimensions
  • Draft complete assemblies, including doors, drawers, and hardware so you and your customers can visualize the final product
  • Batch move lets you move all parts in an assembly by a specified amount
  • Multiple wood grain textures and colors
  • 360° 3D object rotation lets you see all sides of your design
  • Batch material change lets you experiment with different materials in your designs
  • Multiple monitor environment screen layout save/load – ability to set up used interface as you like it and save that setup
  • 2D dimensioned shop drawings
  • Add, clone, locate and drill holes, spacing them evenly over a span
  • Assembly merge function lets you blend the objects from two assemblies into one
(1) SketchList 3D Version 4 Shop, Windows Version
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Brand SketchList
Weight 0.0000
Tech Spec
  • Surface Textures: Five Wood Grains, Multiple Colors
  • Viewing Image Areas: 2
  • Assemblies per Project: 16
  • Standard Objects: 10
  • Shop Drawings: Save and Print
  • Image Output: 3D Screen Resolution Format
  • Contour Types: Unlimited
  • Joinery Types: Unlimited
  • DXF File Export: No
  • Automatic Costing of Materials: No
  • Automatic Purchase List: No
  • Export CSV Files: No
  • Import New Textures, Images or Photos: No
  • Rotating 3D PDF File: No
4.5 / 5.0
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Best Thing Ive Done Yet
I have turned down jobs before because I didn't want to figure all the material and pricing for the customer to tell me they changed their mind. Now I am excited to draw them a 3d image and email it to them with a price. I only had the trial software for a week and I decided to purchase the pro version. It can be a little slow and VERY confusing looking at first, but its honestly more simple than you might think. The best part is every time I needed a help in an area, Dave was always prompt to help me. I messaged him one morning about a problem and he made a video and sent it to my email by lunch that day.
June 3, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Great Product to design with
I really like this product. I design and build furniture and small wood items on the side. I hope to make into a full time business someday. After I have printed everything off I know my design is going to work perfectly. The only thing I do wish is that the upgrades would be automated or at least scheduled. My version will tell me there is an upgrade but how you get to it I still have not figured out.
February 15, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Meredith Bay Furniture Company
Own and operate my own hand crafted furniture store in Meredith, NH. Have been using this software now for 2 years. It is very easy to use then others I have tried. The 3D renderings generate a lot of sales, making it easier for the customer to see the piece. Dave is great for any technical issues that arise. I've tried other software in the past, they are too complicated and hard to use, I don't want to design a Rocket Ship, just a piece of furniture. Sketchlist 3D is designed for furniture and cabinetry, really like it! Lou Farkas Meredith Bay Furniture
August 12, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Great Support
Great Product. I have been using it for a few years. It has saved me time and product. I have been able to figure out almost everything I needed to know by trial and error. When I needed help, SketchList made it very easy. They were always easy to contact and very quick to respond. They have many tutorial videos to help you learn. Great Company and great product for the price. I have used many drawing programs and I haven't found a better one to help in my shop.
June 13, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
If you are a serious home woodworker get the shop version.
Very easy to use. Watch the videos and it will help. Having an issue with printing at the moment but nothing major. I'm sure DAVE will be helping me soon to resolve this issue. I had trouble getting the ideas out of my head and on to something I can see and alter to make perfect. Usually I just had an idea and adapted to any problems. This program helps me know all measurements and can get my project done quicker.
Only been using it for 2 weeks and this is the second project. It's a table saw router station.
Only been using it for 2 weeks and this is the second project. It's a table saw router station.
April 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Sketchlist, for Woodworkers
I have been using Sketchup for a couple of years and enjoy that it allows me to think like a woodworking hobbyist and not a CAD technician. By placing boards into an assembly then adding holes or profiles to the board is what I was looking for.
I also like the ability to preview my designs and it comes in handy when I can show my wife what I am building.
October 1, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Works the same way you build
I have used different 3D software over the years but this is the best software for intuitively designing and building furniture or cabinets that I have used.
September 22, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome Intuitive Tool
I was doing a remodel and needed to design, cabinets, wine racks, storage, etc. I tried Google's product, but frankly, even as a long time programmer, the learning curve was immense. I simply didn't have the time to invest to master it, given the level of detail I needed to acheive.

I found Sketchlist and never looked back. The tool is designed around woodworkers, using terms, definitions and objects that are intuitive and easy to work with. I've used Sketchlist for almost two years now on other projects and it has simplified my life and saved me a ton of money not having to feed the scrap pile. The material estimating capabilites are a feature that makes it easy to buy needed materials without complicated calculations or simply guessing when you get to the wood store.

Dave and his team are extremely responsive to suggestions for feature enhancements, and issues or reasonable needs are readily addressed.

I heartily recommend this product to anyone, weeked warrior or professional wood worker.
September 20, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Sketchlist has added the professionalism to my company I was looking for. It allows the customer to see a very clear representation of what they are getting, unlike hand drafting. It has helped me to minimize mistakes and recognize problems before being built. My work is very customized so I would say this alone is the greatest asset of sketchlist to my company, great product!
September 18, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
One of a kind tool
When we decided to do a total remodel of our 3 bathrooms I started looking for design software that would get me out of manual drafting for the cabinets. While looking at contenders for the job I ran into SketchList 3D and immediately ordered a trial version to play with. After a few hours of experimentation it was clear this was a one of a kind tool tailored and optimized for the woodworker. I purchased it at once and have not regretted it a bit. Totally unlike a general use CAD program SketchList offers features like material layout optimization that probably offset most if not all of the purchase price of the software by minimizing waste. Once the design was complete I took the shop drawings and started cutout confident that my measurements were accurate and consistent. Following assembly and finishing we took the carcasses up to the bathroom for installation. Our more challenging cabinet had two units that had to fit into a boxed space where there was no room for error. The cabinets slipped in with a perfect fit. My next job will be a wall of floor to ceiling bookcases and drawers and SketchList will again be among my most valuable tools. Highly recommend!
September 17, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
New to woodworking! I plan to start a small business when I retire.
Donnie J on Apr 25, 2020
building kitchen cabinets will save me time and money
darrel k on Jan 28, 2019
New to woodworking! I plan to start a small business when I retire.
Donnie J on Apr 25, 2020
Ronald H on Jul 30, 2019
building kitchen cabinets will save me time and money
darrel k on Jan 28, 2019
just learning wanted a good start to my projects
David B on Nov 24, 2018
I design and build custom furniture and cabinetry.
Richard S on Jul 21, 2018
Tried the trial version and liked it. Not overly complicated to learn. Looking forward to generating cut lists with the full version.
Jason W on Jul 15, 2018
I need a cad program for furniture making
Sharon S on Jun 30, 2018
My husband requested this as a Christmas gift.
Sandra L on Nov 9, 2017
Tried it and liked it. I am hoping to turn my hobby into a business eventually.
Kevin O on Jul 21, 2017
I want to make custom wood furniture
CHRISTOPHER S on Jan 2, 2017
Design built in fr granddaughter
Dennis B on Nov 27, 2016
Looks detailed witch I like.
John R on Nov 14, 2016
I am the owner of Golden Shelving Co. and believe this program can expedite my design process!
Duane G on Aug 25, 2016
Looks like a simple 3D software program for drawing furniture designs.
James B on Apr 16, 2016
Needed something to sketch projects up on
Michael H on Nov 9, 2015
Ronald H on Jul 30, 2019
just learning wanted a good start to my projects
David B on Nov 24, 2018
Is there a MAC version?
John D on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: SketchList 3D has run on Macs for about 6 years.
I have Sketchlist 3D Pro Can I get an update for windows 10?
Bobby on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes - send your contact us SketchList will send yo a link.
Is this a download or a cd?
Rick G on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a download.
is this only for furniture made from wood? Would it work for other materials e.g. steel or any custom material? Thanks
HappyFolk on Dec 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The 'boards' are the basic building blocks but that is onny a term. Any material - glass, stone, metal, leather, cloth -- can be used for designs. You can even display objects like a TV or stove - and use that as a 'board'. In fact our standards database that ships with SketchList 3D Shop contains several of these objects.
can you design different shaped cabinets with this program?
Richard N on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes can add any shape you like - straight lines work best. But I have designed and implemented curves reception desks for example. Take a look at this the curved desk post on the Skettchlist site.
Is this software fully compatible with the new Windows 10 platform?
Locke H on Aug 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes SketchList 3D does run under Windows 10.
Will I be able to print a cut list with the shop version?
tonika g on May 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the cut list is a standard report opened with one mouse click. It shows all assemblies and sub assemblies, sub-details {doors and drawers} cut sizes, and material type and name. Every time you change something in the design the changes are updated in the cut list.
is it a good and user friendly software to use in a cabinet making showroom.can we just drop cabinets and print it ?
assad on Jun 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's a bit more complex than that but....yes
If this a download, what happens if I get a new computer?
Richard A on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Save the file on your hard drive, then copy it to your new computer, or save it on a removable device such as a thumb drive.
Does it come on a cd disc where I can install it on my computer instead of downloading it?
Ervin Y on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They didn’t give me that option. I asked for it and they said no.
Is there an annual renewal fee?
Shawn A on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. There’s no renewal fee.
Does the software allow you to specify the type of joinery that will hold each board together? The videos only seem to show butt joints but your boards would be the wrong length if, say you needed to insert shelves with dados.
Mickey on Nov 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does allow for different type of joinery.
What is the difference between this version (Sketchlist Version 4 Shop) and the version sold directly through the Sketchlist website (SketchList 3D Hobby)?
Rick W on Apr 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't know the difference. Personally, I went back to SketchUp. If you are into making cabinets I would suggest you check out the Thermwood program . Search Thermwood cad software. Rockler does not want me to provide a link.
Will I be able to design an oval dining table or a coffee table?
Ross W on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Also, there’s a SketchList video on youtube for oval tables.
Is the software good for tables, benches and other types of furniture besides cabinets?
Mark B on Nov 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Software extremely hard to learn. Better programs out there for free. Not worth the money, would love to get a refund but that will never happen
I purchased sketchlist in may, 2016. I was sent a sketchlist key, but I have no idea how to download and start using it. How do I download Sketchlist?
Charles K on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You will need to download the FREE TRIAL that is listed on the Rockler web site where you purchase the software. From here (it's been a while) I think a box pops up giving you the option of choosing whether you want to load Pro or Shop version. MAKE SURE you choose the version you purchased. You can then enter your sketchlist key.
can i install in on a tablet?
Victor F on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't know the size of your tablet display but I have it installed on a 10" screen notebook and a 15" laptop and the 10" screen is a little changing to see. This is especially true when watching tutorial videos and the instructor clicks on a screen icons or button and doesn't verbally identify that icon and the icon label is too small read.
can I download this on two different computers?
Rob G on Mar 4, 2019
Can this software also be used to sketch the layout of furniture in a room?
Roger M on Jan 22, 2018
Has anyone experienced problems downloading the trial version? I tried, download stalled out, would not resume, got a dialog box informing me that a "Zeuss" virus had been installed in my system. Call a number to repair and clean. Answered by party speaking "non-English" English, was quoted $199 to clean and repair computer. Told him where he and his scam could go Have tried to contact program originator, no success other than getting promotional emails espousing virtues of program, and wanting to know how I am enjoying using it. (Which I am not using it-only partially installed, won't resume installation or let me start over. All this leads up to the question--has anyone else encountered such a fiasco?
Joe M on Jun 20, 2017
what does the free trial consist of?
Jason L on May 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The trial is a limited version with which you gain the look and feel of the software. You can design pretty much everything but reports and turned off. Only one project is allowed at a time and the project import/export function is limited.
Is there software for small woodworking projects? I'm looking for information on making some small wood projects. I know there is different software available to install on a computer and then transfer that information to as saw that will cut out a design of your choice, but where can you find more information on this. I've had some lettering done where I pick out the font from a computer and then it transfers the design to a machine that cuts out the lettering. Thanks.
rhstrat on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This may not be the best use of SketchList 3D.