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Posted on How do you work ? From detailed drawn out plans and sketches,or by rote ?

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 08:03 PM

I generally have every bit of wood and even the hardware modeled in Sketchup prior to ordering materials or cutting any wood. I’d estimate that the details are 95% complete at this point. During the project I’ll often see some things that need improving and I’ll go back and redo the drawings to reflect those changes. Those computer drawings are my future reference material when I want to reuse a special technique in a future project.

I’m usually ordering a lot of specialty materials for a project and can’t guarantee myself that I will be able to use leftovers any time soon. For this reason, I avoid ordering more than I need to and thus require an accurate bill of materials prior to placing orders.

An added benefit is that I generally don’t have to mess with full-sized drawings or mockups once I finish with Sketchup. If I need the full-sized drawings I’ll just have them printed. Mockups aren’t needed because I can usually test the function of hardware and joinery on the computer.

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