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Design Software
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:55:36 AM »
Hi Guys, I知 new to the forum, and fairly new timber frame. I知 starting my first project, saw horses, and I知 wondering if anyone can recommend some decent, yet fairly simple, design software? I知 only making saw horses, but I知 almost through one eraser already...

Thanks for your help guys, lots more questions to come!

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Re: Design Software
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 03:02:56 PM »
Sketchup comes to mind, think there is still a free version you can use, quite simple platform.  You could also check out Timberframe Headquarters website, upper right corner Brice has a three pack of free plans with all the cut lists and materials included, it is a free package to encourage using them for more complex plans they sell there.  These are sent to you over a couple /few days, think the first one sent is the timber frame saw horses.

update your profile when you get the chance as well as keep the posts coming as you progress along, love pics..

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Re: Design Software
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 03:43:44 PM »
If you download a new version of sketchup you'll have it for the trial period, probably 30 days

if you want a free version you can have forever, look for Sketchup Make 2017. They decided to go all browser based with the freeware from 2018 on, and you can't really blame them because it's one heck of a program to give people for free, especially when you're a company in the business of making money. 


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Re: Design Software
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 06:02:02 PM »
Thanks guys, I値l check out sketchup tonight. Is it easy to figure out? Or should I be looking for some tutorial videos etc? 

I値l update my profile, as soon as I figure out how to do it! And I値l get some pictures flowing!

I want to build a hammerbeam truss for the entry to our store, so the saw horses are my warm up project!

Thanks for the quick responses!

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Re: Design Software
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 06:36:53 PM »
You'll need some tutorial videos or guide or book.   I used a book and it was pretty easy, but without a tutorial of some sort - not so much.  And I'm a CAD guy.

Get the Sketchup Make 2017 like someone above mentioned.  It'll be better than the web-based version.


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Re: Design Software
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 08:11:21 PM »
I searched over at FreeWoodworkingPlan.com, they got 9 pages of free sawhorse woodworking plans. Surely something there already planned out for you.
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Re: Design Software
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »
Jim Rogers sawhorses work well and they池e quick to build. I think you can find the here and on YouTube.
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Re: Design Software
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 09:07:51 PM »
Sketchup+tutorial videos+learning keyboard shortcuts=Awesome

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 09:23:05 PM »
It's true there's lots of good sawhorse plans out there
Still, I recommend the exercise of working up your design on sketchup, even if you're just making a copy of some else's. It'll help you learn, also hp you develop 3-dimensional visualization skills. 

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2019, 02:08:45 PM »
Hey everyone, I am also new to the forum. I have been timber framing for about 6 years now and am looking to go off on my own and design some projects. I just downloaded the Dietrich's 2D free software that Jim has suggested and am trying to figure it out. Does this program give you joinery layout? Or would I need to find something different? 

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Design Software
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 06:10:24 PM »
Hey everyone, I am also new to the forum. I have been timber framing for about 6 years now and am looking to go off on my own and design some projects. I just downloaded the Dietrich's 2D free software that Jim has suggested and am trying to figure it out. Does this program give you joinery layout? Or would I need to find something different?

Thanks for the help!
that program doesn't have any pre programmed joints you have to draw every line
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Re: Design Software
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2019, 08:33:31 PM »
Which program would you suggest Jim? I've always been the guy doing the cutting never the one behind the computer so this is very new to me!


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