I took a drafting course in eighth grade. I have to say, it is remarkable how much of what I learned from that class has stuck with me. My occupation has reinforced those lessons as I’ve needed to read and execute drawings, both excellent and “sketchy,” for 40 years. I enjoy the design process that starts with a concept drawing followed by a refined or technical drawing and finally completed project. (Usually there is a mock-up built in there, too.)
As with drafting, I took up the new technology of personal computers early on. I had a Hayes Modem and could log into UNIX-based computers across the country in the 1980s. I’ve essentially made a living out of combining communication technology and woodworking for the last 20 years. But I have never combined my enjoyment of drafting/drawing with my techno urges. I have yet to really embrace a drawing program — be it SketchUp, SolidWorks or whatever. I’ve dabbled, but I was just so much more effective and faster with pencil and paper that I never learned CAD.
I hope to change that this winter, and I am looking for your feedback to encourage my efforts. What programs should I consider? What roadblocks should I expect? And why will I be happy to succeed? That should about do it!
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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Gift Project: 21st Century Desk Caddy
With a space to hold and charge your phone, a spot that will fit a Google Home Mini (or hold paper clips), pen storage, glasses cavity and a covered money “vault,” this project will make your desk cleaner and your day more organized.