can someone make an instructable on how to draw plans??

im not very good at drawing plans, so i was wondering if anyone could make an instructable on how to draw good plans, i want them to be good so if i gave someone them they could make my creation,

send me links if you have made one or if you've seen a good instructable already explaining this



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rickharris6 years ago
Mmm what sort of plans - Architectural drawings for a building or just construction plans for making something.

Technical drawing is a formalised version of sketching ideas. It has value and is essential in the engineering environment but may be over the top where some simple sketches will do.

However this is something I have though about doing for a while so perhaps you have inspired me :-)
OK you inspired me. In a step by step tutorial for drawing  it isn't really possible to "show how" as its a dynamic activity.

I will look at a video in the short term to help but for now here is a tutorial on drawing for making the basics.

You tube has examples.
tdc22025 years ago
I have designed and drafted for about 35 years - mostly house plans, but also
Subdivision maps, Civil Engineering plans, patent drawings, etc. It is not something that you can learn in an afternoon. I am retired now, but still love designing, so if anybody out there needs good plans for instructables, maybe I could help. We should be able to work out a reasonable cost. I hope this is an acceptable post.
Interesting question. Look for links on "technical drawing"

A lot of people are going to say "get XYZ cad system", but CAD isn't technical drawing.


I bet you learned to do it by hand first.

Since dad died, and I have to take over drawing maintenance in the company, I have really come to understand the difference between manual drawing and CAD - yes, you CAN make good drawings in CAD, but pretty pictures are most definitely not the key thing to a good drawing, properly documenting a part.

I'll second that!
I'll give that a 3rd, 4th and take the 5th. LOL!

Having drafted for almost 20 years, both manually and CAD, I can say that you can tell the difference between those who were trained manually that transferred over to CAD and those that never put pencil/pen to mylar. They are generally more complete, easier to read, and tend to follow a guideline for each drawing rather than just mash everything together.

If you don't have the experience both creating drawings by hand, as well as a basic knowledge of manufacturing, then it is extremely easy to make something in a CAD program that is either impossible to make, or completely unrealistic in the real world.
And you are a Winner the first time a CAD needs change or updating.

BTW here in the US, economic slump, detailed Al or steel enclosures cost
much more because of reworking of parts with bad bends, off center holes
and PEM nuts falling out  which are the result of supporting business
layoffs that targeted the better paid employees. 
Leaving behind low skilled workers who ignore dimensions and require special low IQ drawings to produce needed sub assemblies.

I love AutoCAD and Inventor for 3D modeling(and 3D printing), but whenever I'm designing something complex, I always start by drafting on graph paper. It's just easier for me to think about when I have the design in my hands. Then when it's done, I transfer everything to AutoCAD. And with Inventor, it's easy to run stress simulations that would otherwise require hours of calculus.
TANZMEISTER5 years ago
If you're looking for information on how to create and/or read design plans. I'd highly recommend looking through Professor Kim Manner's website. He teaches an Intro to Engineering Graphics class and has both written and adjudicated changes to the ASME guidelines.
If you scroll down to the interactive lecture notes there should be more then enough information to get you started. Feel free to send me a note if you need more help.
His website is at:
Good luck~!
Makedo5 years ago
I had just read about a school that is offering classes the old way. mostly to sharpen and give computer draftsmen skills they don't have. I think the report said there were a couple of other programs elsewhere doing this also.
As Scoutmaster for years with our troop and assisting quite a few young men with their Eagle Scout projects, I have come to find Google Sketch-Up almost indispensable. Either for small or larger projects it can be used to design your project and it has a free version as well. Also for those not comfortable with CAD type software, there are many tutorials on YouTube. Happy drawing and designing!! ~Mickey
I was a professional draftsman/designer for eleven years. I also started an online business selling plans for a bed that I made for my sister to use in college. I continue to use my drafting skills, manual and CAD. It realy depends on how complicated your creation is. The good thing about drawings, is it is like you are building virtually. You can work out bugs before you start construction. I like to build things myself, but there have been times that I have gone to a machinist or welder to do the work that I am not skilled, or have the expensive equipment to do the task. Sometimes a sketch or picture with a few dimensions is enough. Sometimes you will need a proper technical drawing. Just like some instructables only need pictures and some need sketches. That may involve hiring a draftsman/engineer. There are a lot of places online that will construct for you, but I have found working with someone local is easier and better.

I hoped this helped,

jbaker226 years ago
You can make nice designs on autocad and solidworks. It will be very precise too.
Re-design6 years ago

Here's something to get you started but learning technical drawing is not something that can be described in one instructable or learned in one sitting.

You have to get a few basic ideas down and learn a few rules then expand on them with experience.

Some people can produce great plan drawings without much experience and others have to work on learning and improving for a long time.

The goal is to make each drawing better than the last.

Good luck!