Creating Working Drawings
How to take a design idea from rough sketch to final plans
Synopsis: The time spent getting a drawing right will pay for itself many times over, writes Jim Tolpin. He breaks the process down into stages: freehand concept sketching, refined drawing techniques, three-view drawings, isometric projections. He talks about how to get from concept sketches to orthographic drawings, and addresses drafting equipment and drafting basics. Multiple examples clearly illustrate his explanations, and side information shows how to develop a three-view drawing from a photo.
For much of my woodworking career, I dreaded the drawing stage of a project. It was always a daunting, tedious process that only put off the true fun—shaping real wood into real objects. After erasing a misplaced or poorly drawn line for the umpteenth time, I’d often think that I could have built the darn thing in the time it took to do the drawings. Considering the way I was producing drawings, I was probably right.