If you’re a woodworker you’re probably familiar with the challenge of finding suitable plans for wood projects. Depending on how complex the wood project plans are, the average price for many plans runs from about $7.00 to $12.00, and up. Most of the really seasoned woodworkers I know hardly ever buy project plans anymore, but the really exceptional one’s always draw out their own plan to follow. I’ve also noticed that most of them have a stash of plans filed away somewhere that they’ve worked on in the past, and can reference when needed.
If you’re brand new to woodworking, or are still somewhat of a novice, your wood project plan will be an important part of your woodworking project. Not having a good set of project plans can result in wasted material as well as time. That can get really expensive really fast. So, it is my strong recommendation to first find a good set of plans to use before starting a project. Also, start with relatively easy wood project plans; you don’t want to get in over your head or skill level. Woodworking can be an incredibly enjoyable pursuit, but it can also be very frustrating when things go wrong.
Another big time saver when it comes to woodworking plans is the fact that most plans include a materials list and stock list. If you’re not familiar with a stock list, it is a table listing every wooden part necessary including dimensions to construct your project. Knowing what materials and what cuts of wood you will need before you start is very advantages and will help reduce time-consuming trips to your hardware supplier.
A good source of wood project plans will be other woodworkers. You should take the time to look around your community and see if you can find a local woodworker hobbyist club. If you don’t have one in your area, you may want to consider starting one up. These kinds of clubs are great for building woodworking resources and camaraderie. I’ve picked up numerous helpful tips and ideas through the years from hanging out with other woodworkers. The knowledge and information you can pick up from some of these guys is absolutely priceless.
Source by Lee Nunez