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#1 posted 01-26-2018 12:41 PM

Depends on the project, though I never use pre-made plans. Some projects are from my imagination and many are based on inspiration from something I’ve seen. If the project is simple or involves techniques I’m comfortable with, then I just build it. If there is anything I’m unsure of, then Sketchup is used to solidify the ideas. That might mean anything from drawing up just a corner to makes sure of how the joinery should work, doing a quick overview to look at proportions or a complete workup that shows every detail.

There is no wrong way, just what works for each person. We have one member of our woodworkers guild that only uses plans. In many ways he is a better woodworker than me, as his attention to detail and precision are really good. He’s just not comfortable drawing up his own plans. He gets enjoyment out of seeing a precisely done finished project. I do woodworking more as a creative outlet, so prefer to design and try to do things that are a bit different than what has been done before. We both enjoy the craft.

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