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Growth of the Shop Drawing Packagecomments (4) October 23rd, 2013 in blogs
I'm surprised at my having such a large package of paper in the shop these days. It grows by the day, and now takes a big binder clip to keep all the sheets together. It didn't used to be this way. I can remember years ago having one sheet of paper for my building process. Even using 2D CAD drafting, there were at most 5 sheets of paper.
But I also remember the hours spent in the shop sketching and calculating to accompany those minimal drawings sets. Frequently, there was an interruption of my shop work to figure out some dimension, check for an interference, figure out the position of the hardware, design a new part, re-design a joint, or verify the alignment.
Not any more….. Everything I need to know is produced at the click of few buttons, usually producing a new page print-out as I go. I may start out with only a small packet, but as the days go by, this grows substantially.
This is my latest project, a small Sheraton desk design, and another picture of the final drawing package:
And here is a picture of the final drawing package along with the full-size templates:
I'm in the sanding and finishing process now, so the design package is done growing. When I dig into this pile of paper, I can't think of a single page that was not used and found effective for the shop work. I didn't produce all these pages before starting the shop work. However, I did have a complete SketchUp 3D model including all the components and detail joinery. I would dribble out the pages as necessary to support the work in the shop. In the evening, I then developed new SketchUp Scenes, planned to be used the following day.
By the way, I also use Layout, but typically this is done for distributing my designs to students. However, for my own shop work, I use pages right out of SketchUp.
Here is a breakdown of data on the final drawing package (each Scene equals one sheet):
42 pages or Scenes (categorized as follows)
7 Assemblies or Sub-assemblies
6 Orthographic drawings
17 Component (dimensioned) pages
4 Exploded pages
2 Hardware pages
6 Templates (full size)
posted in: blogs, Sketchup, Sheraton Desk, shop drawings
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