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Hello all! I was wondering if anyone knew of a software program or computer program where you could draw up woodworking plans? I would like to be able to sketch up projects with different angles and dimensions accurately so that I could print them out for reference.

Hope to hear some great feedback. Thanks!!!
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Google Sketchup is the program you want. It's free and there are lots of tutorials and videos available. There is also a support forum here just for Sketchup users. I would highly recommend you spend time with some tutorials once you have the program as it is not necessarily intuitive to use unless you have some CAD experience.

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Thanks! I will give it a try.
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Hello all! I was wondering if anyone knew of a software program or computer program where you could draw up woodworking plans? I would like to be able to sketch up projects with different angles and dimensions accurately so that I could print them out for reference.

Hope to hear some great feedback. Thanks!!!
I use EazyDraw, but it's a Mac only program so you may be able to use it or not.

I've used this drawing program for years and I really enjoy using it.
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That's perfect! I have a Mac laptop and a pc desk top.

Thanks again! I will be using this forum more often
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yep go the the sketch up section here plenty of users that knwo how to use it that are willing to help. a few have even posted how to videos that are really amazing. one of these days I will sit down and and actually learn how to do it.
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That's perfect! I have a Mac laptop and a pc desk top.

Thanks again! I will be using this forum more often
No problem.

I will also add that the folks who develop EazyDraw will answer your questions in a heart beat, should you have any.

They are also a small company in WI (I believe) and are completely dedicated to their user's. You can order a PDF manual should you need it. This will depend on what prior experience you have with CAD programs.

One other note: I designed my (large) mortise rig which uses a rather large sheet of 1/2" plexiglass that my router is mounted on. Long story short - EazyDraw allowed me to test my design before I actually built it. At first I was a bit skepical that this would actually work, but it worked perfectly.

I cannot tell you how relieved I was to know that this software would allow me to do this. It saved me days of testing and not an inch of wood or plexiglass was wasted in the process. This rig has served my purposes perfectly from day one. I would have wasted a lot of time, wood and plexiglass had it not been for EazyDraw.

I am (obviously) a hugh fan of EazyDraw.
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I have solidworks and use the dwg editor for everything. I also use some other free CAD programs. Best to do a google search for free ones and try them out.
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