Six years ago, when I bought my
first (now-discarded) CAD system,
I thought drafting skills would soon
be as obsolete as wizardry with the
slide rule. Maybe so for large
offices, but not for those of us who
do residences and renovations. I
still use steam-age hand drafting,
helped by some tricks and equipment
that improve my efficiency.
Here are a few of my favorite tools
and tricks gleaned from several
decades of drawing.
Most of my tools are listed in the
accompanying box ("Equipment
and Supplies"). Some, however, are
worth a few extra words.
Triangles. Check any triangle
before you buy it to be sure it is
square. Very carefully draw a sharp
vertical line off a straightedge;