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.
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