Do You Need CAD For Woodworking? – Feat. Shapr3D

Do You Need CAD For Woodworking? – Feat. Shapr3D

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If it wasn’t for all the questions asking me why it’s important to know CAD for woodworkers, I wouldn’t have realized how big of an impact it had on me learning woodworking! Thanks to Shapr3D for sponsoring this video!

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  1. Zac Mallard on September 1, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Dude your videos are so good!

  2. Zach Ream on September 1, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    I cant believe I stumbled across another human that thinks so similar to me. From your thought process, the way you acquire tools, and even progress as a woodworker. Bravo 👏👏👏 I would love to see any workflow updates you may have (in Shapr3D that is)😁 A tool show n tell or even a shop tour would also be awesome 😎

  3. Caleb Howard on September 1, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Great video Alex. I would agree, my understanding and use of CAD software has been a huge influence in my woodworking journey as well. Using CAD to manipulate designs and parts before starting a build encourages my creativity and challenges me to try new things. Currently working a crib design as well.. it’s got a bit of inspiration from your design as well as a few other pieces I’ve made and seen others make. I can’t imagine I would have tried to take it on without using CAD. Keep up the great work!

  4. Pål Thorberg on September 1, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Do you use the free version or the next level up? Thanks for top notch intro to cad for a knuklehead woodworker. Insufficient RAM for Sketchup in my head….

  5. Carl Harrington on September 1, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    New subscriber! I only found out about you because I got my new Woodworkers Journal in the mail today! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights.

  6. Daniel Kuevi Akoe on September 1, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    Man, your work is inspiring. I’ve been doing some part time woodworking as a hobby. I ran into your video recently and liked how you explained CAD. I’m interested in trying it out in designing dressers for my wife and my daughter. Now the question, how long do you think it would take for someone to have a good handle of it in creating simple modern dressers or other not too intricate projects?

  7. Андрій С. on September 1, 2023 at 6:59 pm


  8. Woodworking on September 1, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    I’m coming from cabinetry and furniture making to now working as an architectural designer at a firm and 3 years away from licensure. I’ve used cad programs for years. I got the new iPad for the LiDAR and here we are, I’m diving into this app. We came from opposite ends of the workforce and here we are meeting in the middle with this app. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Trey Way on September 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Super useful and informative. What is the yellow pencil you use in the beginning of the video? Thanks!

  10. garagemonkeysan on September 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    You do the best films. So well done. Agree on CAD. CAD helps me on proportions/sizing during initial design. Mahalo for sharing! : )

  11. Wolf Ridge Woodworking on September 1, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Another great video! Thank you for putting me on the path of Shapr3D. I just recently started using it and I have to say, it is so much easier than some of the other CAD applications due to being able to use the Apple Pencil. Plus I feel that the UI is very intuitive. There is still a steep learning curve just like any other new piece of software, but an intuitive interface helps reduce so of that learning curve. – Ed

  12. KAWANUA MEUBEL on September 1, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Mantap sobat… Tukang kayu dari Papua Indonesia hadir…🙏

  13. High Castle on September 1, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve just finished my bachelor’s in architecture and have started to look into woodworking and using what I’ve learnt with cad. This video couldn’t have come at a better time!

  14. WDR Woodworking on September 1, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Did u ever use sketch up?

  15. David Zapico on September 1, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Where can I get that blanket hoodie at 5:44 ?

  16. Jack Frost on September 1, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Well put. I have been using CAD programs on and off from the late 90’s. I’m new to Shapr3D and love the ease of use. Do you have an resources you found helpful for learning the ins and outs? I don’t want to start any modeling bad habits this early lol.

  17. Nicolas Bertschy on September 1, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    Love it, you should definitely do Shapr3D tutorials for woodworkers (of coulees paid by Shapr3D 😊)

  18. ChippedPonies on September 1, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    "Free to make my own thing" 👏🏽

  19. cynthia howe on September 1, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    ‘’Rewarded for regurgitation…”. Love it!😊

  20. Pozityvas on September 1, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    So happy that i found your channel.

  21. Azad on September 1, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    God! This man is full of ‘I’ ‘I’ and ‘I’ why don’t you write a book instead? On ‘I and my many I’s

  22. Jordan Green on September 1, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Everything you say in here I can relate with. It’s awesome to see someone take the same path and end up making something of it. I’m still just at the early stages, but loving woodworking as a hobby and using CAD to help the process.

  23. Jimmy z on September 1, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    I got excited for a minute, I thought you were gonna announce that you were teaming up with shapr3d to create an entire course.

  24. Pozityvas on September 1, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    3:23 facts

  25. ¿PorQuéNo? on September 1, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    You’re truly an inspire person and because of you I did jump into Shapr3D (after learning FreeCad, to much for me and not the best user interface) and I bough again my iPad Pro 12.9 😁 I don’t have a space like yours, I’m looking to get a laser cutter since I it’s the only machine I probably can get in my room. But Im excited about Shapr3d since I can probably design without the mess 😂 and collaborate with people that have the real tools! …well sorry for the my bla …bla …bla …keep the great work and hopefully you can convince Shapr3D to have a plan for $9.99 like an Apple Music subscription 😉

  26. Yoshimi Dilg on September 1, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    I don’t comment often, but I’ll say this:
    I found your YouTube channel yesterday and I haven’t seen any other woodwork like yours (modern). A lot of people do really weird designs. I have to say, your whole approach makes soooo much sense. I seriously loved this video and I can relate on so many levels.
    I can see that you don’t have that many videos as I’ve seen almost all of them in 2 days but I can totally feel like you are going to have 1m subscribers plus in less than a year or two. Keep going, also, I find your humor really amusing and I love how you edit your videos!

  27. angelvip2474 on September 1, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Amazing presentation and great video. I’m learning Shapr3d myself to incorporate into my designing of car audio systems. I also just got a Prusa 3D printer and am using Shapr3d for designing parts. You my friend just got a new subscriber🤙🏽

  28. Peter Chhu on September 1, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    It’s too expensive for me

  29. John Ortiz on September 1, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    You can tell the caliber of operator by the bits he uses, Team Amana Spektra coated for the win 💪

  30. James Jones on September 1, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    My problem is space, and time. And money. Regardless, Thank you!

  31. Chad Bourguignon on September 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Great video. Will shapr3d let send drawings to the Shaper Origin?

  32. JKPinPDX on September 1, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Where would you suggest is a great place to learn Shapr3D… I already have the program. I just need to get "over the hump" i need a GOOD tutorial(s) for Shapr3D. 
    I have seen/gone through the "BUILT IN" tuts, but I need more help. Any suggestions? Thank you!🙏

  33. MC's Creations on September 1, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Fantastic, Alex! Thanks for all the tips! 😃
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  34. Vladimir Pronyashin on September 1, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Удобно что можно в дороге подумать и сразу сделать набросок. Для этой программы нужно ipad или Mac?

  35. Zac Mallard on September 1, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    At 7:10 you talk about cutting out the shapes using a color match.. Are you building that diagram along side your design process or is this something that the program (Shapr3D) offers.

  36. Sung Cho on September 1, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Alex!!! New here 😉 love this video man!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  37. Justavian on September 1, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve been using CAD tools since the mid nineties (initially only 2D), and designing furniture / shop projects has certainly grabbed my interest. I also almost always design in CAD first, like you mentioned you do. However, my frustration is always more about my ability to match my plans. I always want to use junky wood that i have on hand, and my CAD plans never have twists or bows to them!

    There’s also the issue of actually being able to cut to your dimensions precisely (something that has attracted me to CNC – i’m building my own right now). For example, I have a really cool bench that i designed, which used visible steel rods to connect the body of the bench to the legs. However, because of how that connection works, even tiny errors in placement of the holes for the rods results in the legs being visibly skewed. So i misplaced a hole by perhaps a sixteenth of an inch, and thus the leg ends up at an angle.

    None of this is really an issue with CAD itself, of course. There’s just a huge chasm for me between designing and planning a project, vs knowing what my limitations are actually going to be during the build. Even after years of woodworking, almost every project ends up confounding me (at least for a little while) with some unexpected snag. Thus for me, making mistakes and stumbling over unexpected consequences of my designs is what taught (is teaching…) me woodworking.

  38. Aleksander Wade on September 1, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Тут месяцами копишь на сраный станок, собираешь сам електронику которая ебет мозги и не работает. А кто-то просто купил весь сет оборудования. И самое интересное что я не откажусь от своей затеи. Просто еп вашу мать, некоторым людям проще насколько…хотя ради справедливости есть люди которым еще сложнее чем мне.

    А теперь представьте эффект отрицательного подкрепления по Павлову, вы ебете мозг со станком самоделом, вы напрягаетесь, чтобы попытаться собрать что-то из говна и палок, что запомнит ваш мозг ? Охуенное веселое приключение ? Или въебывание чтобы это шляпа работала ? И вот и получается люди с деньгами могут миновать стадию отрицательного подкрепления. И для одних станки и это хобби интересное занятие, для других на ассоциях – ебля мозгов. Да у самодельщика будет опыт ремонта если что-то выйдет из строя. Но другой, просто купит новый станок и дело с концом. Даже парится не будет.

    Но вывод такой же. Я ЗНАЮ ЧТО КОМУ-то ПРОЩЕ, но я ЗНАЮ также что я не сдамся, а системно буду походить к своему делу. Только времени конечно это займет больше.

  39. Mark Laffey on September 1, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Love the videos my friend thank you so much for the time and effort you’re putting forth

  40. Sathiyajith S on September 1, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Can you please bring out some tutorials video for Shapr3D

  41. ari contreras on September 1, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    What’s better for Shapr3d
    Ipad 11 or 12.9 inches?

  42. Thomas on September 1, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Did you use Shapr3D to generate those patterns on CNC?

  43. Chris Griego on September 1, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    I love that it was a unique journey that led you down this path. It is interesting to see what led people to do the things they do.

  44. emantide on September 1, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    I have premium feature shap3d, but I never know this feature. What is this? 6:31

  45. chrispark11 on September 1, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Cool story. I love that you have the cash to not start off small and work your way up. You just built one thing and then bought the very best of everything right away! Money DOES absolutely buy happiness, at least where woodworking is concerned!