If you like Do It Yourself stuff, then woodworking may be one of these hobbies you enjoy practicing. It may even be a fun job if you decide to sell your creations. The problem is there are hundreds of sources for woodworking plans, and they are not always good. When I say good, I mean worth your time and money, two precious resources you will admit.
Actually, more often than the necessary you find woodworking projects that are a total waste of these resources. Simply because they are not dedicated to the beginner you are, and thus leave you disappointed. You give up and don’t finish your projects. And even if you are an intermediate or advanced woodworker, when a plan is not precise with unclear instructions or don’t tell you what tools are required, you have to figure out everything yourself and make adjustments to save what can be saved.
Of course, there are still few sources that can be really good. Some magazines or books can have very detailed woodworking plans. Those may include projects for any level of experience. You may want to look this way, the downside is it has a cost, and buying books after books, magazines after magazines just to find one plan that you really interested in going through may not be worth it.
Another option is to find a local woodworking association, or a club of Do-it-Yourselfers, or workshops with a professional. If you can find one locally, which may not be easy depending on where you live, then this can be a great way to share your experience and gain knowledge from others. Of course you may not be able to decide what projects to build.
The final option an is becoming more and more popular: downloading a pack of woodworking plans directly to your computer. This is maybe the best since you can then decide what plans to build, any time you want. The projects are available instantly, and the variety of plans can be very wide. We’re talking of thousands of plans!
Now, you also need to find a reliable source, a package that is actually the real deal and that offers what we mentioned earlier: clear instructions, detailed blueprints and diagrams, what are the tools needed, etc. All of that for a sweet price ($50-$100) and you have a winner.
Some websites indeed offer such packages and even more. They may include a CAD software to help you edit and create your own woodworking plans. This is a great bonus if you want to design your own unique wooden furniture, or whatever you want to build.
Source by Thomas Leroy