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Software program for designing furniture etc

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I am working on building a nice table for my wife in our living room and I have other projects on the horizon - dresser, night stands, etc. What is everyone using on their computer to draw up these kinds of projects that also gives you a cut list or at least shows you the measurements and how it will look and what each piece of wood dimension would be?

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Wood ID Help Please (Pics)

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Hello All,

Can you identify the wood in the photos? The pictures with the darker photos have stain, prior to sanding. I thought the stain would make the grain pattern easier to see. I took these boards from a bed frame. The wood could be maple or cherry or maybe even some weird exotic from Central or South America. Its pretty well dried out as I imagine the wood is old.

My guess is Maple.

Thanks, Bill

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Why I do it

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My daughter's family has been using a third-hand maple drop leaf table that was given to us by my in-laws 50 years ago. It was not a great table to begin with; age and hard use didn't improve it. It was small and the drop leaves sagged. She asked me to build her a better dining table last fall. I happily accepted the order and built the table to her specifications. The top is 200 year old heart pine that I've been saving for years for just the right project. This was its chance to shine. The base has a center drawer for placemats, napkins, etc., and is made of ash. I painted the base with brick red milk paint, over coated it with black milk paint, rubbed out with fine sand paper so a little of the red showed through, and finished it with hemp oil. The hemp oil gives it a dull sheen and the red peeking out from under the black gives it a great aged look. It should wear forever. I shipped it off to her in D.C. a couple of weeks ago and her whole family loves it. This photo is all the payment I ever wanted. It's why I do it.

[Image: 53729923835_edb2b7c226_c.jpg]IMG_2936 by Hank Knight, on Flickr

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