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Forum topic by Nick Solimine posted 07-19-2008 06:00 PM 1455 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2008 06:00 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer program that helps in layout and design of Furniture ,etc?

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 06:37 PM

Google Sketchup seems to be the program everyone is using. You can get a free download of it.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 06:37 PM

I don’t think there is any program that can do your thinking for you, but there are a lot of CAD type of programs like Sketchup from google. It’s free also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 07:00 PM

Sketchup is the way to go. It’s a little frustrating when just starting out with it, but keep after it and you can do some amazing things. Best FREE program out there. Just go to Google and download it.

-- Getting to be an antique - been there, done that, can't remember!

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#4 posted 07-19-2008 07:21 PM

Thanks for the help. Downloaded and looks like what i am looking for.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#5 posted 07-19-2008 07:47 PM

Sketch up is the way to go it costs nothing and there alot of resources online on using it. Marc Spagnuolo did an episode of the WoodWhisperer on using it you might like :

I used it to make a changing table for my son:
Sketch up

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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#6 posted 07-19-2008 09:14 PM

Another vote for Google Sketchup! I use it all the time. I am starting to work on another unit for my boys’ room, and I am actually going to to a scale floor plan using Sketchup. Maybe I should try to blog that one.

I am with the others, there is a learning curve, but there is with any other type of CAD program also. I use it because it works, and the price is definitely right.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 07-20-2008 02:17 PM

How about another vote for Sketchup. The thing I like about it is has the ability to rotate the piece and view it in 3-D from different angles. There are two versions, basic and pro, but all you need is the basic.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 06:16 PM

If you have Microsoft Office, Visio has some furniture templates and you could build up a room layout with that. I am going to get google sketchup now and start playing with that, but I do all my designs in Visio.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#9 posted 07-26-2008 06:56 PM

I have Autocad, Turbocad, and Vizio, plus sketchup…... Autocad is very powerful but very expensive. Turbocad is also a very good program, but expensive also. For the money you can’t go wrong with Sketchup.

-- Wayne

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#10 posted 07-26-2008 08:03 PM

I guess my personal take on design programs is that I just don’t get it. Alex’s sketchup of his changing table looks really cool, but how important is looking cool if you’re just fleshing out dimensions and rough design ideas?

A pencil and a piece of graph paper have a much smaller learning curve. :-)

(And I have to add that this is coming from a computer/software junkie!)

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

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#11 posted 07-26-2008 08:17 PM

It looks like I am being more productive at my real job if I am working on the computer, even if I am just designing pieces to build…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 01:39 AM

CAD is for historical and archival purposes. Sometimes it’s helpful if you want to try something out and want to explore the geometry. Once it’s in the CAD, it will be there if you want to build it again or modify it and such. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time for one-off pieces.

unless you have to deal with idiots like we do and they have to have everything in CAD otherwise you just aren’t professional. apparently.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#13 posted 07-27-2008 02:02 AM

Here is another vote for Sketchup. Not only can you play with the designs, but you can get an idea as to how you are going to build something.

But to me, the greatest thing about sketchup, is being able to show a client how their furniture or cabinets will look. When they see it in 3d and with the woodgrain on it they get excited. And as a plus, if we need to change something in the design, its a lot easier to do it on paper then after we have started the building phase.
Sketch up drawings like this-

Can really help sell a job.

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#14 posted 07-27-2008 03:31 AM

Based on my recent experiences and forum questions I believe Sketchup is the best bet especially if you trying to visualize or prototype a design or idea.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 07-27-2008 03:41 AM

I’m with both CharlieM & DaveInTexas. Sketchup is great for large-scale layouts, but I still do better with a rough sketch and Kentucky windage for individual pieces. And, I’ve been programming since 1975!

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