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Where do you find plans for woodworking projects?

Do you have sources where you buy them?

Do you use programs like SketchUp or simply draw out your ideas on paper to create your own?

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I often see photos or drawings of something I like and then modify it to suit my personal tastes, draw quite a few out on paper, and have used Sketchup for some preliminary stuff but haven't used or studied it enough to be proficient enough to make a complete and complex drawing using it.
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Books, magazines, the internet, purchase and make up my own the old fashioned way with a pencil and drawing tools. I want learn sketch up though.

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Where do you find plans for woodworking projects?

Do you have sources where you buy them?

Do you use programs like SketchUp or simply draw out your ideas on paper to create your own?
customer brings them in...
or on the fly and a rough sketch...

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Had a customer who showed me an article in "Better Homes & Gardens".
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Many times from the publications, in particular Shop Notes. Just bought all issues on a dvd. I also see some very neat things on YouTube and develop my own plan. Mostly I draw out by own plan with pencil on grid paper. I'm pretty good at visualizing things in three dimensions. There have been a number of jigs that were inspired by content here.
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I am genetically incapable of following someone else's plans so I look at a bunch of pictures of the thing I want to build and make my own plans in SU. I will look at free plans to see how the designer went about it but have yet to find plans that don't require major modifications to meet my needs. The advantage of building it first in SU is that you know pretty much how to build it. Not so many surprises after that. All of my recent projects have been that way.

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Once I have a project in mind I go to a number of sources for ideas. Magazines such as Fine woodworking or just searches on the net or catalogs from retailers or... Then I do my own design. If it is a complicated project I will do a very detailed drawing with precise measurements. I have never used SU as the time investment to become really proficient isn't worth it. My drawings are good enough.
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Magazines, Internet forums, friends on FB (can you make this?).

I draw it up using Sketchup and go for it.

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