Some time ago (June 2nd), I posted a question about woodworking design
tasks titled "Picture to Plans." The essence of my need was how to take
a picture of my daughter's choosing and turn it into a "reasonable
replica" - minus any fancy turnings, curves, and what not. (For
reference, the picture is posted in abpw under "Daughter's Dresser."
Since then, I've bought TurboCAD and spent a good 40-60 hours learning
to use it. Under the kind advice of "Bob," I pasted the picture into
TurboCAD, and using the dimensions from the furniture store website,
created a simple, front-end, 2D view.
In my struggles with TurboCAD, I've created 3-D breadboard tops, and a
few mortise and tenon assemblies - so while no expert, 3D makes some
sense to me. In creating my dresser plan, I had assumed that I would
create the 3-D image as I would build it. Make a 3-D carcass, create the
3-D internals, attach the carcass, create 3-D drawers and insert them,
etc. However, one of the tools that I've used in learning TurboCAD is
the "Modern Desk" PDF tutorial from Textual Creations. His method was to
create a 2D front drawing and extrude out the members into 3D. (200+
pages of step by step for dummies for $30 - strongly recommended!)
I'd like to keep with my method if possible - building and assembling 3D
members vs extruding a 2D drawing. After working through his tutorial,
I'm not sure which way is "right" - or what the trade-offs are between
the two approaches.
Yes, I wholly understand this is a CAD question - but I figured I'd be
speaking to folks with similar experiences and needs vs getting
responses from draftsmen that I wouldn't even understand.
Guess Who, I'll be needed help on creating that "O" (converted to an
"H") in about 3 more months at this rate...
-JBD in Denver