Building a Drawing

Some classical guidelines to technical drawings.
By John Hutchinson
Pages: 74-79

From the April 2004 issue #140
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Afew months after my “CAD for Woodworkers” article appeared in the June 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking, I noticed a recurring frustration in reader feedback. It was usually a variation on, “OK, I’ve installed some computer-assisted design software on my computer, and I’m beginning to get the hang of it. So now what?”

The dreaded all-dressed-up-and-nowhere-to-go syndrome usually could be attributed to the reader’s unfamiliarity with the basics of drawing. As woodworkers, we’re primarily interested in producing what’s known as a technical drawing. In it, we attempt to explain (at least to ourselves) the size, shape and relationship of various components that can be developed into a parts list and, in the end, a successful project.

From the April 2004 issue #140
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