I do, almost always. But then, that's my personality. With my tendency
to be a control freak, I need to know that everything is going to fit
exactly as I designed it. *Then* when it doesn't fit, my creative side
takes over and I usually manage to make that "flaw" appear as a design
I design everything I do, and the final design documents themselves are
shop drawings suitable for fabrication.
And when I say everything, I do mean everything, now matter how small or
As in this morning's shop work - corbels for an island that is going
into a current kitchen remodel:
I don't know if you'd call them "plans" but I roughly sketch what I want on
a legal pad - no scale - and dimension it. I also roughly draw larger
details of a few key areas to show what goes to what, how deep dados/rabbets
are to be etc. From those, I often make up a cut list so I can do things
that have width and/or length at the same time. Check them off as I do
them, label them too.
The only time I ever did real, to scale, accurate plans was for my kitchen.
Took nearly as long to do that as it did to build it out.
As far as other peoples plans, I hate them...I find them hard to read.
The only plan I ever bought was for a railroad clock and I wound up
making minor modifications to it. But I do usually draw up plans before
any complicated project. I've been using TurboCad under XP, but I keep
looking for a decent CAD package for Linux. I have 4 of them on the
system now but haven't had the time to check them out.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
I've been using TurboCAD for years, and I'm quite comfortable with it. I
really tried to convert to the Sketchup way of thinking (I did Karl, really I
did) but I just haven't been able to wrap my mind around it. I recently
upgraded from TurboCAD V8 Professional (which I got on eBay years ago at a
decent price) to V16 Deluxe (it was TOO costly to go to a recent version of
Professional), and I'm very happy with it.
I normally use TurboCAD's 3D features to construct a nice (sometimes very
detailed) model of the thing I want to build, up to the point where I have just
enough detail to define the cutting list, then I never finish the damn drawing
to the point where it could be considered "a plan". I could probably sell some
of my plans if I had the patience to do that. :-)
See Nad. See Nad go. Go Nad!
To reply, eat the taco.
I've never bought an actual plan. I've used plans in magazines and books.
Magazine plans ALWAYS get modified because they're never right. :) I also
use pictures of what I might want or just an idea in the ol cabbage. These
get planned enough to start. Once I've started I go to the cad program and
work out specific dimensions or lengths & joints. Works good for me.
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