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  • wing it.

    10 18.52%
  • work from rough sketches.

    20 37.04%
  • work from hand drawn plans.

    8 14.81%
  • use Sketchup.

    11 20.37%
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    5 9.26%
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    80% of the time when designing my own ___________ I....

    Just wondering what methods you use most of the time with designing and building your stuff. I found myself winging it last night (using a bevel and tape measure) on my booth project and could have saved a lot of time by doing a quick sketchup to get my angles and lengths exact.
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    Darren

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    I am still mainly building rough stuff. Mangers, feed bunks, stall walls, so it is acceptable as I use material I have on hand that fits the situation. If I were building furniture, that would be a different story. The kitchen build that I have to do/complete, it is being revised as rough sketches and probably will be built from rough sketches because if I took the time to learn a program to draw it, would be past the age of being able to complete the project possibly!!
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    Had this poll come up a year ago I would have fallen somewhere between wing it and rough sketches. No more! Now I'd be hard pressed to build anything without first taking a stab at it in Sketchup. Thanks Dave!
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    Sketchup, Even for simple things. I like to make sure the measurements work out and SU helps me do that...
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    I've tried several times to get into SU, and to me it's like trying to learn Klingon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    I've tried several times to get into SU, and to me it's like trying to learn Klingon
    I'm typically a rough sketch guy, but now that I have the office with a computer, I'm using SU more and more. Yesterday's experience just concreted the fact I'll save time and material by doing it.

    Dan, I had a good experience with the online video tutorials. Also a wheel mouse is a must and printing out the shortcut key chart helped too.
    Darren

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    It all depends on what I am building, boxes, cutting boards, etc., I wing it. When I drew my kitchen plans I used Adobe Illustrator (AI) as that is what I use at work and am proficient using it. I am working on plans for a bed and an entertainment wall and am using AI for those. I would like to learn to use sketchup as drawing in 3D and all else that SU has to offer is good for creating plans, just need to get it (the full ledge version) when I can afford it and learn it

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    I use Visio, but am trying to learn SketchUp in my spare time. Yeah, right!
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    darren can you link to the online videos you mentioned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    darren can you link to the online videos you mentioned?
    Most, if not all, of Dave Richard's tutorial videos are on the Fine Woodworking website.
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