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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    Another vote for sketchup. Free download Trimble SketchUp

    I don't use it, but I've seen tons of stuff done with it on the different construction forums I frequent. Like anything else, expect to spend some time learning it, but it sure does some neat stuff...and you can't beat the price.
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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper



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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    If I said that I mostly just plan things out in my head, then start cutting, would you laugh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuabardwell
    If I said that I mostly just plan things out in my head, then start cutting, would you laugh?
    Nope. I've built a few things with out any drawings. Usually just a material list off the top of my head and a trip to town.

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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    I use AutoCAD, Inventor, HandCAD (paper & pencil), Paint Shop Pro, and just good old seat of the pants winging it depending on the project, it's complexity, and how lazy I feel that day.
    Paraphrasing Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for all the bacon.

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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    Quote Originally Posted by DT86 View Post
    Nope. I've built a few things with out any drawings. Usually just a material list off the top of my head and a trip to town.
    The problem I have is that the few times I have tried to really plan something out, halfway through I think of an improvement and change things around anyway. It might be a different story if I was building more complex things.

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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    another vote on Sketchup

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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    I also downloaded it,, playing with it,, I can see I will need a lot of coaching,, lol..Lou
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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    Hand sketch, then depending on what it is I will make a cardboard or construction paper template to see if it "works".
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    Default Re: Ways of sketching out new ideas, CAD, Paint, Pencil / Paper

    I have a tablet of graph paper that works well. Also one of those large graph paper desk sized tablets.
    Just found this, haven't tried it yet: Print Free Graph Paper
    I down loaded the free draftsight, Looks like I might be too dumb to learn it though.

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