I am looking for woodworking plan in a CAD format. These files would
focus on furniture design. Many internet site have traditional paper
plans (for purchase), yet these plans did not appeal to me. First,
most plans do not have my aesthetic; they focus on traditional
woodwork with a country, missionary, or rustic style. I am looking for
something in modern classic design. Think Charles Eames. Second, I am
learning CAD design and need a similar project file for reference. A
CAD tutorial with dovetails and sliders would help me get a start on
my project. The preferred CAD format would be DXF. I do not mid paying
for a high quality file and tutorial.
I realize that pencil and paper may be suitable for a start; yet I
work with 3D applications everyday. So computers are less foreign to
me than paper. In addition, CAD has better scalability features; and
allows me to collaborate with people. Please understand the goal
involve learning the CAD and the woodworking in conjunction.
I use SolidWorks to do all my deisgn. It is expensive (I am lucky
enough that I use it at work) but with all the capibilities it is worth
it to me. Everything I build now I design it first in SolidWorks. I
find that if I build it once on the computer, things tend to work out
better when I make dust. Its like I am building it twice. Whats the
old saying, its always faster/better the second time. If you need
something in a CAD format, let me know exactly what you are looking
for, I can model it up and send you a DXF file. If you are also
interested I can send you IGES files of the 3D models. With that you
can design your parts and create molds/forms that can be used to create
very complex curvature pieces. What 3D CAD system are you working
I have about 50 plans for computer furniture and odds & ends
on my Web site (URL below). Many are free; some are cheap.
You can request the CAD format with our standard order form.
Let me know if you want some other format or have questions on design
of woodworking projects on the computer.
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On Sun, 02 Apr 2006 10:17:41 -0700, Robert Neville
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