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The kind of stuff you do doesn't really need CAD. Anything with a lot of parts or moving parts or complex joinery benefits significantly, though.
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Default Monster truck bank

This is a bit different. I don't recall for sure (it's been awhile) but think their are about 6 different shapes in this. It's my first monster truck bank design, made for my older grandson. The drawing is a rough sketch, came up with saving and viewing a lot of monster trucks. The final was laid out on 1/4" graph paper, full size. There were no individual parts drawings. I just glue down the final drawing, cut out the parts one piece at a time from that. Those pieces are the first step in making my masters. Those are sanded to final, glued to a piece of wood, routed, and are then masters and I can duplicate exact pieces from them. My trucks designs are more detailed now, as well as simpler. My piggy banks are done similarly. My method confuses a lot of people, but I find it pretty simple. Oh yes, I decide the length and height of these, mark those, then it's basically freehand the details, using a straightedge where appropriate. The "plans" are done when I'm happy with them - which is why a good eraser is a necessity.
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Default Owl house signs

Once I get my son to weld up a holder for me (I will likely have to do it myself if I want it done this century), I will be making house signs, with the house numbers, and placing them at the end of my drive. There will be various designs, and they will get changed every once in awhile. Decided to make an owl or 2 for one designs. The house numbers will probably be below the figures. When I wound up with the design I liked, discarded all the owl photos I had gone thru - well over 300 owl photos - I tend to do a lot of research on a lot of my projects.

Here is the final design, and a couple of friendly owls that will go on the signs. The signs will likely be around 2 foot tall, not including the house numbers - subject to change.

Oh yeah, the friendly Wizard will also be one of the house signs. Still researching figures for house signs. All friendly of course.
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Around 20 years or so ago, my then daughter-in-law pestered me to make her 2 of these raindeer. Finally said yes, to keep her quiet. At the time the plans I found were $20, each, for a total of $40. And no way was she going to pay. So I found a photo online of the parts all laid out. Printed that out, then laid out a 1/4" graph in pencil on the page. The deer were supposed to be almost 4' tall, so figured out that a 4" graph on plywood would be perfect. Just looked at the printed page, drew out the plans on the wood by copying what was in a 1/4" square into a 4" square. Came out perfect, and didn't take as long as I had expected. Cut them out, put them together, perfect. No mention was made, but best to drill a hole thru the legs, so you can drive a tent peg into the ground and secure the deer to those, otherwise they blow over very easily.

Had thought of making more, to sell, but found out after just that one pair that I absolutely hated making them, so didn't make any. Might have been because of my ex dau-in-law, don't know.

Very simple, and effective, for enlarging plans. Oh yeah, I had to paint the damn things too.
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Most Saturdays I go visit my older son and his two. And wind up buying lunch from one of the fast food joints. Got very tired of their floppy drink carriers, so made one. Looked at a few pictures, no way did I feel like making one out of wood, so took out my pocket knife, got cardboard, Titebond II, cloth to cover it, and started in. Not very pretty, but very functional, and the people at the food joint drive thru windows love it. Forgot it at my son's one day, so decided I'm make a backup. The first one took several mods before it was right, so drew plans of it, and commenced with #2. Decided to decorate that one a bit, so glued cards on all sides. Used Fruit of The Loom boxer waistbands as handles - which really set my son off. Hilarious. So I covered the handles with cloth. I have even had several offers to buy, and may make a few more, just to sell. I don't normally make things out of cardboard, so just thought I'd post this for laughs.

This is not the order the were posted in.
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Default Chair from a picture

I think I'll just call this off after this is posted.

I saw how you did the dimensions of the table. I would do it different. I would figure out how high, how wide, how deep I wanted it, and go from there. The picture would just be for inspiration. But don't do a lot of furniture, let alone copy someone else's work, so not making anything similar.

However, if I were to make a copy of this chair, it is unlikely I would try to copy it exactly, but if I did, I figure it would be simple enough. Basically just blow up the side piece, by making a graph, make copies. The however is: However, it is quite likely I would not care for the curves in the seat, in fact I can almost guarantee it. So, grab some cardboard, sketch out curves, repeat until I get something I figure would be comfortable to me. Then I'd sketch out the outline of a whole piece, glue that to wood, cut it, and make a master. Then make sufficient copies to make the chair pieces. Do the same with the two supports. Glue it all together, and try it. Then if it is not quite what I wanted, I'd sell it, and make another. Simple.
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You can always find exceptions to any rule.

The reason why you would want to copy the curves of the chair is that they are probably based on some amount of experience and/or research into what makes a comfortable outline. To get it right, you would need to use some sort of perspective correction - just blowing it up and tracing doesn't get you there. Though, in the case of that picture, there isn't anything visible to use as a reference. Overall dimensions could be used to get pretty close. No question, this is a hard one to use as a reference design.

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You can always find exceptions to any rule.

The reason why you would want to copy the curves of the chair is that they are probably based on some amount of experience and/or research into what makes a comfortable outline. To get it right, you would need to use some sort of perspective correction - just blowing it up and tracing doesn't get you there. Though, in the case of that picture, there isn't anything visible to use as a reference. Overall dimensions could be used to get pretty close. No question, this is a hard one to use as a reference design.
Nah, I actually would not want to copy the curves of that chair. First because I don't want to make a copy of the chair. Second, way I figure it, the chair is contoured to the designer, not me. Blowing it up, and tracing, is only a start, so I could start on designing curves that would be comfortable for me, THAT is what would get me there. Certainly there is something visible to use as a reference, the picture, and the idea of the curves. I'd just design it the length I would want, and width I would want, I don't much care about measurements otherwise. If I made something like that (don't plan on it) the curves would be custom fit to me. I chose this chair as an example because I think it would be simple - the only part not so simple would be getting the curves fit to me, likely take some time on that, after that, easy peasy.

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