Mechanical Drafting for Dummies?

Please forgive me if this post is off-topic.
I've been retasked from tech writing for a special project, creating dimensional drawings for a metal fab shop. I have Corel Draw X3 and
Corel Draw 9 available to me, but have done no drafting since pencil/ compass/rule in junior high school shop class.
Not that I mind; I find the idea fascinating. However, I need a good primer on the subject.
May I ask the assembled brain trust to advise on good books which might fulfill this need, something like MECHANICAL DRAFTING FOR DUMMIES or DIMENSIONAL TECHNICAL DRAWING FOR DUMMIES?
Many thanks.
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Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing McGraw-Hill if it is still published
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A few years back, Turbo Cad v2.6 was free to the public. You might still find a copy on the net. The instal program is callled TC2d_LT.exe Rather than rolling your own, TC will automatically address some of the standards used in architectural drawings. I would think that the shop needs to meet building codes. In this case you're better off getting an architect, so he/she can convert what you want into what you can actually have. bg
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Thank you for the tip. However, we already have the software, I need the education in its appropriate use, such as ecarecar suggested.
In a trip to Powell's Technical Books <www.powells.com> I was lucky enough to find USN manuals which show a new bluejacket how to do this. Other low-cost/no-cost documents of this nature, especially on the web, are exactly what I'm looking for.

Please allow me to clarify. I need to create drawings for objects to be made by a metal fab shop, not to design a metal fab shop. Therefore, building codes does not apply.
Thank you for your response!
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needs
architect,
I guess I just flunked listening 101 ! bg
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