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From a previous post, here’s one way I use Excel to plan out dimensions. If there’s a way I could post the actual spreadsheet file for a better look. Can this be done?
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com
Jul 13, 2008
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#1 posted 07-13-2008 07:55 PM
You will need some place on the internet to store the file and then provide a link to let others download it. Here is microsofts file storage solution
There are many others to choose from. Let me know if you need any help. Consulting fees come in at just ~$120/hr (125 Canadian)
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#2 posted 07-13-2008 07:56 PM
You could use Google Documents. Store the spreadsheet there and share it. Post the link here.
-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.
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#3 posted 07-13-2008 07:58 PM
You could also use http://www.box.net
It does the same. Giving you a link so others can download the file. It’s free.
-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.
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#4 posted 07-13-2008 08:01 PM
Tim, count me as one interested in seeing how you use excel in this way. Thanks.
-- Martin, Kansas
#5 posted 07-14-2008 12:27 AM
To save a copy of a graph spreadsheet go to my website at www.newcalshop.com and click the ‘Click Here to Download Excel Graph Paper File’ on the right side above Tim’s Favorite Links.
There’s not much to it but you can get an idea of the possibilities.
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#6 posted 07-14-2008 01:58 AM
Tim, I like that! I can even see me using it for my next major undertaking.
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.
#7 posted 07-14-2008 02:25 AM
Just downloaded your spreadsheet. Now that is a creative use of Excel!!
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#8 posted 07-14-2008 03:38 AM
Thanks for the download, Tim. Now you’ve got my full respect not only as a woodworker, but as an Excel geek!
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#9 posted 07-14-2008 04:08 AM
Great idea, Tim. It’s very obvious when you see it, that Excel is perfect for making a 2D scale drawing. Thanks for the post and the download.
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#10 posted 07-14-2008 07:31 PM
I have always used MS Paint program for my drawings… I have a Starting file that has a Ruler at the top, bottom, & both sides to make it easier to draw lines, etc. Using Copy/Paste also makes it easier.
I have never tried Excel for doing this…
Sounds interesting… will let you know how I do with it…
Oh, I’ve also tried the FREE Google Sketchup program… have never had a more FRUSTRATING time in my life! Once you get to know some of the Tricks of the program, it can be very useful too… It’s really a COOL program… BUT, so powerful that it’s NOT the easiest program to learn.
-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"
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#11 posted 07-14-2008 08:00 PM
I didn’t know you could do that with excel, thats cool
I’ll have to give it a try
Thanks for the info
-- Taigert - Milan, IN
#12 posted 07-14-2008 08:01 PM
Excel works well if you have a bunch of smaller parts that have to fit together. Like a cabinet with drawers. You can ‘program’ excel so that every dimension is automatically updated when a single dimension is changed. You can also create a rough and finished cutlist that will also automatically update.
You can also use it to figure out a cutting plan for sheet goods. It works real well if you want to match up grain as in drawers or cabinet doors.
You can get through the planning very quickly which is what I need as I don’t have enough time to devote to highly detailed planning, but, like all of us, still need to plan before getting into the shop to mess things up.
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#13 posted 07-14-2008 08:44 PM
I’m somewhat of an “excel Geek” myself….this is very cool. Thanks for sharing
-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"
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#14 posted 04-25-2009 11:38 PM
Do you still have your spreadsheets for cabinet layouts?
-- Tim S, WA
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#15 posted 05-12-2010 03:27 PM
wow, more details
-- Woody Harry, Pine Mtn, GA
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