I've recently started working on my latest project; a toddler bed for our little girl. I didn't really want to spend a ton of money on a plastic/toy like bed that would only last a short time. Plus, I thought it would be nice to have an heirloom piece that might get passed down through the family.
I usually start out a new design on graph paper the old fasioned way. You know, with a pencil, ruler, t-square and compass. I'll then transfer any curves and such that I may need to full-scale cardboard templates. This time I decided to use CAD software to help with the design. I discovered that I can print full-scale patterns on my printer in sections, then tape then together. Man, that was easy! I'll post the files here later if anyone is interested.
As of now, I've got my plans and my cut list complete. I also rough sketched out each part on the lumber I plan to use to make the most efficient use of the stock (maple). Pics coming soon...