Author Archives: Timothy

Machine Sketching

The first purpose of a drawing is to give a clear idea of the shape of the pieces wanted with it’s dimensions. While a well executed drawing with smooth lines and nice shading makes a pretty picture, it may not be nearly as useful as a rough sketch that has every dimension correct. The sketch… Read More »

Drafting Jobs – How to Find the Best One

Looking for drafting jobs can be a daunting challenge. There are many different drafting jobs to choose from. CAD drafting is a skill that can be implemented across many different industries. So while you may have training in architectural type drafting, you could easily jump into electrical or structural drafting jobs. This article will give… Read More »

Understanding Mechanical Drawings

STUDY OF A BENCH GRINDER When reading a set of drawings that has an assembly and details, it’s best to begin by a study of the assembly drawing first. Doing this gives you an idea of the whole machine or whatever the object is, so that the details are better understood. You should start the… Read More »

Detail Drawings

A detail drawing shows each part of the machine separately. The parts are fully dimensioned and enough views are drawn so that the machinist can make the piece without any other instructions. If necessary, notes are added to the drawing to make the construction clear. The details are sometimes drawn in the logical order that… Read More »

Checking or Proofing Drawings

Checking of a drawing is one of the important duties of a drafter. Whenever possible, it should be done by someone who hasn’t worked on the drawings. The first thing to do is to see if the drawing can be easily used without difficulty, and to see if the parts will fit and operate properly.… Read More »

Plans for a Water Wheel

Totally functional water wheel plans constructed using cedar. I originally drew this set of plans for a waterwheel to be used in a creek on my property. After construction, it worked fantastic. waterwheel2sheet1 waterwheel2sheet2

Goatboy’s Treasure Chest Plans

Instructions for building this chest can be found at: Treasure Chest 1 – Stock prep and joinery Treasure Chest 2 – The lid Treasure Chest 3 – Treasure Links to the Drawings: sheet1of3 sheet2of3 sheet3of3 Save Save

What Are Mechanical Assembly Drawings

There are several different types of assembly drawings. They are Outline or Setting Drawings, Erection Drawings, Assembly Working Drawings, Diagram Drawings, Part Assembly Drawings, and General Assembly Drawings. 1. The Outline Assembly shows the machines outline with no details. Center distances and over-all dimensions are given. An outline assembly drawing is used both for illustrations… Read More »