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Blog entry by bruc101 posted 11-28-2012 03:10 AM 2436 reads 12 times favorited 75 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title tells it like it is and I’m going to teach you how to draw plans in 2D CAD in a free cad program DraftSight, so if you want to follow alone I suggest you download the program and let’s get started.
DraftSight is an excellent clone to Autocad so don’t let your knees start to vibrating and making funny noises on you just by mentioning that name..Autocad.

The first thing you need to do is forget all the wacko horror stories you’ve heard about learning to draw (draft) in CAD and forget all about the failures you’ve had trying to learn how to draw in cad.
CAD is fun and leaning how to draw your plans in cad should take your woodworking abilities up a notch or two. You’ll be working off your plans and the dimensions and not fiddling around on a scratch pad hoping you’ve got it all figured out before you start sawing boards.

When you draw your face frames you can look at them in correctly drawn lines and tell if you have everything proportioned properly so your project won’t look funky, clunky, skinny or fat and all the dimensions are correct. To draw the face frames, and all the other parts to your project, you will do that by dimensioning as you go along. Not drawing dimensions but projecting all your lines to a certain lengths and widths to make it all come together. I’m going to teach you using screenshots and easy to understand explanations. It’ll take me much longer to do this show and tell than it’ll take you to get to smoking lines in DraftSight.

Important for beginners: When you download DraftSight and open it leave it alone and follow my instructions.
When you download the program it’s NOT ready to start drawing in. You have to add some commands to the Toolbars and then set all the drafting parameters to be able draw lines and dimension them correctly.

This blog is to teach you how to draw furniture plans in cad, not anything else and once you learn to draw plans the more you practice you do the many more things you can learn to drawn in cad.

To keep confusion down I would like to ask the experienced cad users to please not to jump in here and explain that you do it another way…no two people draft in cad alike and someone just starting to learn to draw in cad can easily get confused and frustrated and forget about it. Thank you.

To get all this done I’ll have to be working off 2 different computers making the post to the blog so please have some patience with me.

You can do it, it’s a “piece of cake”...and fun.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com



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#1 posted 11-28-2012 03:16 AM

When you open DraftSight it will look like this: The program is not ready to start drawing in yet and we have to do some things to get it ready. The next screenshot will show you the drawing interface set up as I use it and then I’ll show you how to get it ready to start drawing in it. Look closely at your original and then look at the next shot and you’ll see a huge difference in the drawing interface known as the UI.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 03:24 AM

Here is the shot of the UI with some the changes I’ve made in it. I’ve moved the right hand command line to the left side of the UI by dragging and dropping. I’ve added a scroll bar on the right side and added more drawing commands up on the top task bar and removed the CCS Icon. We’re looking for a lot of floor space here and need to get rid of anything on the UI we’re not going to use.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 03:43 AM

The first thing we need to do tonight is to set up the UI ( User Interface) with all of our drawing commands we’ll use in drawing plans.

Drag and Drop the Commands on the right hand side of the UI to the left side and place them in a vertical position next to the other commands.

Adding the Scroll Bar to the right side of the UI:

Go to the top task bar and click on Tools

Click on Options

Click on Systems Options

Click on Display

Click on Screen Options*

Now put a check mark in Scroll Bars, click on Apply and then click on OK. The Scroll Bar should now be on the UI.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 04:02 AM

Now we’re going to add more Drawing Commands to the top Task Bar.

Put the pointer on the top Task Bar and Right Click.

Now left click on Toolbars

In the Specify Toolbars menu put check marks next to the following:

Dimensions
Draw
Layers
Modify
Properties
Standard
Zoom

Click OK and you’ll return to the UI and see all those tool bars you just put checks by.

You need to now drag and drop those Toolbars to the TOP LINE of the other Drawing Commands except for the Layer bar…drag and drop it right below them. Look at the Screenshot of how I have mine placed.

The UI is now ready for drawing. All we have to do now is set the Drafting Parameters and we can start Drawing Lines to Dimensions you want and need…”piece of cake” ! See how easy that was.

Next we want to add two folders in the SAVE AS option. I want to say this too, anytime you start a design project make a new folder with the name of your project. You’ll also be adding other folders in that folder. I’ll get you a screenshot of how mine looks in Autocad and we’ll be adding them in DraftSight when we get ready to draw a set of plans as a learning project.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 04:18 AM

Adding Folders in the SAVE AS Option.

*Go up and click on FILE and SAVE AS

Add a NEW FOLDER and name it BLOCKS
In this folder you will be saving anything and everything that you can use again in a drawing.

Now make another FOLDER inside the BLOCKS FOLDER and name it A
The A FOLDER is the first folder in the BLOCKS FOLDER and where I save my different DRAWING UI’s with different drawing Parameters set up for different types of drawing projects I need.

Now let’s get rid of that funky looking thing that says Y & X on it.

Go to VIEW…DISPLAY…CSS ICON
Remove the check mark from ON and it will no longer be on the UI.

Now go to SAVE AS and save this UI as drawing 1 in the A FOLDER in the BLOCKS FOLDER

In the next lesson we’ll learn how to set up our UI so we can start drawing lines and dimensioning them.
“piece of cake”

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 05:52 AM

Thanks for all of you hard work putting this together for us Bruce.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 08:48 AM

I had a real hard time figuring out how to put an A folder inside of the Blocks folder and also a drawings 1 inside of the A folder. But apparently I got it as now if I go to view then open I am able BLOCKS then open A then open drawings 1.
When I changed the toolbars on top to the controls we need, they automatically went to the top (I didn’t have to drag them), but I do not see the control layers that I was supposed to drag and drop just below the top one anywhere. I told you I was dumb.

-- TheShadeTreeWW If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 01:03 PM

Thanks Jim.

smokey here’s the Layer Pallet.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 01:31 PM

Now put a check mark in Scroll Bars, click on Apply and then click on OK. The Scroll Bar should now be on the UI.

I put a check in Scroll Bars, but I couldn’t find “Apply and then click on Ok”

I was able to check dimensions, layers, standard, zoom,..... woo hoo

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 02:28 PM

Bruce, I do appreciate the time and effort your putting into this so much that I am going to ask for a bit more. LOL OK, here comes the bonehead, I believe you have a dimension tool that is likely useful, which I’m not seeing!

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 02:32 PM

Here you go smokey…look at the bottom of the menu and you’ll see Apply and Ok

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 02:38 PM

casual1carpenter, in the Specify Toolbars did you put a check mark next to Dimension?
That’s the Smart Dimension and it should be on the Dimension Toolbar.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 02:48 PM

Bruce, yes I did check dimension, I have the other 5 dimension tools, I do not see the one tool (yellow) which you show first in your dimension toolbar. Perhaps it’s a version issue I have V—11.2.802

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 03:04 PM

The Version I’m using is V1R.1.4 and I have no clue as to how their versions work.

I wouldn’t worry to much about not having the Smart Draw dimension in learning what I’m trying to teach you guys. I doubt very seriously I’ll use it unless it’s something later on in the show we need to make a dimension work. You may could do an upgrade and see if it’ll show up.

Once you’re able to draw and dimension lines in the program then I would suggest just playing around with all the icons and see what happens and teach yourself how to use them once you get the basics down firmly.
I’ll be explaining some of them as we move through the learning process and show you how to use keyboard shortcuts instead of having to click on them.

To find out what version you have, if anyone wants to know, go up to Help and click on About and that will show you the version you’re working in.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 03:30 PM

Ok, I went after the program at a different sight and found v1R1.3 looks more like yours. thanks

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