Project plans go digital
A number of readers have suggested that we offer our project plans as downloads and in SketchUp, the free Google drawing program. I’m happy to announce that we have worked out all the details and will be selling all new project plans this way.
There are a lot of advantages to the digital plans — for one, they are less expensive, at $12.95 for most plans. Also, when you order one, you’ll receive it immediately. And last, the SketchUp version, which is included in the $12.95 price, allows you to make changes to the design to suit your individual needs.
A downloadable plan consists of drawings in PDF format, with detailed, measured drawings and a cutlist. Full-size drawings are included for critical parts and templates. All of the drawings can be printed on a typical consumer-grade computer printer; the larger template drawings can be taped together. Or, you can take the file on a disc or flash drive (or email) to a local copy center for printing on Arch D size paper. Most projects also have written instructions to guide you through construction.
The SketchUp version of the project will really appeal to anyone who wants to modify one of our projects. SketchUp, available free from Google, allows you to manipulate the drawing and make as many changes as you like to fit the piece to your needs, or make more substantial changes to the design. You’re only limited by your creativity. If you need help using SketchUp, visit our blog Design.Click.Build. hosted by Tim Killen and David Richards.
–Anatole Burkin, Publisher