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If I'm building something that needs specific dimensions, and perhaps a way to look at how it will all assemble, I use Sketchup. Otherwise, I tend to build by the seat of my pants with no plans other than a general idea of what I want. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've used someone else's plans.
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It really depends on the project on how I do it. If it is simple I just cut parts and put it together. Sometimes just a sketch on paper gets the job complete. Big projects or projects with a lot of parts get the CAD treatment to make sure everything fits together and will work right.
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Otherwise, I tend to build by the seat of my pants with no plans other than a general idea of what I want. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've used someone else's plans.
Plans? Plans? Don' need no steenkin' plans.

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I have used CAD applications (AutoCAD , SolidWorks) early in my career and was actually were quite proficient with them. (Oddly I donít find Sketchup all that intuitive). Now that I spend most of my day in front of two monitors (developing applications), the last thing I want to do is corrupt an enjoyable, relaxing hobby with an optional injection of technology. Iíll do all my planning / sketching /dimensioning with pencil and paper. If itís something I think Iíll need reference to again, I will document it to a minimal readable form. And yes I make occasional minor process / sequence errors. I donít have a CNC and have no space for, or interest in acquiring one this point. Old-school still works for me.
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the last thing I want to do is corrupt an enjoyable, relaxing hobby with an optional injection of technology. Iíll do all my planning / sketching /dimensioning with pencil and paper. If itís something I think Iíll need reference to again, I will document it to a minimal readable form. And yes I make occasional minor process / sequence errors. I donít have a CNC and have no space for, or interest in acquiring one this point. Old-school still works for me.
Pencil, paper, and a good eraser. At last, someone that understands.

I normally make masters, so I can duplicate later, if desired. I write all needed info on the master, and I mean all.

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Grade 10 and 11 drafting so I am a paper guy. Took CAD in university but find it a bit cumbersome. Most of my projects aren't that complex. Sketches, cardboard mock up and full size drawing if lots of angles are involved.
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Almost everything I build in the shop is from a SketchUp drawing. Even simple things for which it may take longer to produce the drawing than it does to make the object. If you don't use your CAD software on a regular basis, it is difficult to ever get proficient. Ideally the cad software should become part of your thinking (design) process.
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Unless you just keep the OS, disconnect from the internet, and call it a woodworking piece of equipment! Good excuse to update your computer for other work...
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I’ve been using computers for graphic design since the early 1980s. As I noted before, I use occasionally use Sketchup for a project, Of course, I use CAD for the CNC projects so I can make my toolpaths.

But, I’ve never gotten into serious CAD work to define a project, even when making my “Mechanical Marvels.” Perhaps using CAD to design your project is based on whether you think like an engineer or think like an artist.
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I have heard of CAD and Sketchup.
Though pencil and paper works just as well. lol
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