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08-05-2011 05:12 PM

Hi: I am desperate to find a simple framing program. I want to take a model house and show the layout of the walls so my students can create a cutting list. Right now everything is hand drawn and is difficult to keep from distorting on the photocopier.

Example…I’m making a wall: dimensions 8 foot by 17 feet but scaled to 10% for creating models plate bottom plate studs in between. Think I can find a simple computer app? nope.

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 05:19 PM

I think you are looking for the Holy Grail, and it’s just not out there.

By all accounts, your best bet is Google Sketchup. The price is right (free) but there is a considerable learning curve.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 05:29 PM

You might check out Turbocad. It’ a CAD program that I use at home and work. It’s easy to learn and has a lot of features. Whether it will do this I don’t know. It sure does make some nice drawings though and is very accurate and the drawings can be saved in a large number of different kinds of files, some of which can be used in a projector I’m pretty sure. It does have some 3d capabilities but I haven’t used these features so don’t know it’s capabilites in 3-d.

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 05:31 PM

Charlie has you on the right track. Once you get your feet wet with sketchup, look into Ruby scripts. I know there is some free or low priced Ruby scripts that develop cut lists from simple sketchs. try ruby depot

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 07:38 PM

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 08:02 PM

Is this something you’re gonna do one time only or do you need to build several different configurations/plans? For a one time deal, is it worth the learning curve of ANY of these programs? I’d start with SketchUp but keep in mind that the learning curve will be there with any program you choose. Do you have any CAD experience?

Some nice packages there Lew.

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 08:50 PM

All great Ideas guys. I have downloaded all and usually the problem is the learning curve… Like Charlie says, there does not appear to be a bare bones fill in the blank and presto program. I really regret not working more on Inventor and Sketchup…darn kids and hockey gets in the way…haa haa. Still open to suggestions.
Guess I’ll bring out the pencil, ruler,scanner…..and eraser.

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 09:00 PM

rance, for woodworkers a CAD program like Turbocad is not difficult at all. The program has a tutorial that will get you going on most of what you need in a couple of hours. It’s a modern program with an intuitive workspace. It is really simple for basic things that woodworkers would do on it. BTW, I can assure you and everyone that I get nothing for the recommendation. I just like it a lot and use it every single day. I also like sketchup but just have never had time to sit down and learn it.

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#8 posted 08-05-2011 10:38 PM

Why complicate a simple process ?

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#9 posted 08-05-2011 11:18 PM

@HUAW, I actually have TC Pro v7. I got it to use in my CNC work. I have to tell you though, I’m having a tough go of it. I currently do a LOT using SU for my ww’ing. It is my go-to for drawing. I just looked for the tutorials for TC. I don’t see them in my version. Could they called ‘Help Topics’ or ‘Online Tips & Tricks’ instead? I’d be fine with an online tutorial.

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#10 posted 08-06-2011 04:03 AM

Google Sketchup.

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#11 posted 08-06-2011 04:09 AM

Paper and Pencil impo


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