I have been researching the possibility of designing my own furniture.
My internet search have span over twenty hours with mediocre results.
In general, I could use some link suggestions on key forums, wood
selection, and tool descriptions. In other words, please share with
the newsgroup one or two sites that you could not live without related
My primary question deals with CAD programs and tutorials associated
these applications. My Internet searches point to AutoCad, TurboCAD,
and Pro-engineer as the typical players. I also found Woody's 2.0
specifically for furniture design. Woody's has many modules for
furniture design like cut list, cost-tabulator, and fastener database.
Has anybody use Woody's for their wood work projects? The main
drawback with Woody's as a specialty product may be less community
support and tutorial guides.
What furniture design modules exist for other CAD programs (like cut
list or cost tabulators)? Let me know if you have any other
suggestions in the CAD area. Tons of CAD programs exist with different
levels of ease. I am just wondering what you guys use themselves
(besides paper and pencils).
The learning curve associated with high-end CAD application does not
intimidated me, yet I could use some good tutorials for a starting
point. AutoCAD tutorial searches did not return anything about
furniture design; only about populating your building models with
furniture. Please let me know if you have more insight in the CAD
department. I would hate to learn one program to discard it for
another preferable application. Basically, a CAD program would allow
me to play with a few different designs and budget the project.
My secondary question relates to fasteners used in newer furniture.
Generally, these fasteners are used in lesser quality furniture. Does
an online guide and vendor exist for these fasteners (not the Home
Depot variety either)? I have no idea what they are called, so can not
easily search for them. A pros and cons guide would help me as well.
These answers will help during the planning stages before even cutting
a piece of wood. It should help me determine what designs are possible
and what tools are necessary for particular design aesthetic. This
woodwork area is completely foreign to me.
Woody 2.0 advanced CADD for the furniture design