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 Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org