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Forum topic by thistlenscotch posted 04-10-2009 09:18 AM 24415 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2009 09:18 AM

Can anyone suggest a drawing program that would function adequately for simple project schematics? For my purposes it doesn’t have to draw to any scale but would like it to have easy functions for curves as well as straight lines and boxes.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!


-- Matt, Montana

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#1 posted 04-10-2009 09:41 AM

sketch up and E-cabinets are the freebies I know about. I’m just looking into sketchup. So far it’s pretty cool but I’m not to patient.

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#2 posted 04-10-2009 10:43 AM

Sketchup is the way to go. It is free and very powerful. There are even plugins that will calculate board feet and create cutlists. ChiefWoodworker has some very good tutorials. Fine Woodworkings Design Click Build blog also has a ton of video and tutorials dedicated to sketchup.

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#3 posted 04-10-2009 03:41 PM

Definitely SketchUp is the way to go. There are some great tutorials here also. Here’s a link to the Google SketchUp download page.

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#4 posted 04-10-2009 03:51 PM

I have found SketchUp to be, by far, the best freebie. There is definitely a learning curve involved. But, thanks to the people on LJ, it been a lot easier. A special thanks to DaveR.

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#5 posted 04-10-2009 05:58 PM

I agree with thelt, a special thanks needs to be given to DaveR. Thanks Dave.

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