What is more fun to build than outdoor furniture? Nothing, let me tell you that. That's because it's fairly simple. To top it off, everyone gets to enjoy your creations when you're done. But even simple projects require some planning. Without a good blueprint, you might find yourself stumbling in the dark, not knowing what tools to use, what the correct materials are or how to put everything together. That's why it's important to always choose woodworking plans of good quality.
Here's how it works. What I'm about to explain here might be common sense to some, but not so much to others. Alright, the thing is, you always have to ask some questions before you start, because it might cost you later on if you do not. Never be afraid to wonder who the heck made those plans you're about to buy in the first place? His credentials are extremely important for your buying decision and if he does not have them, I'd err on the cautious side. His plans may still deliver the goods should you decide to buy them regardless, but you never know, right? Sometimes it's better to avoid the risk altogether.
How well they're organized is another aspect of their quality. If you can see from miles wide that the plans are poorly drawn and lack detail, it's an obvious "no." Oh yeah, and make sure the plans come in a language you can actually read. I do not have to tell you in order for you to know, sure. But I'm just reminding you how often people forget to check before making their purchase.
The next thing is their size. You might ask what does that have to do with anything, but hold your sarcasm just for a second there. If the plans are too small, it often means that they lack the critical details. Either that, or the text is too small for you to be able to read it at all! Wood is a delicate material, and it might not forgive you for making mistakes, which often means starting all over.
Again, it's absolutely vital that you get the list of correct tools to use before you start working, not in the middle of the procedure! The last time I checked, rushing into the hardware store to get that tool you needed absolutely was not fun. So avoid those cheap plans, because you're going to have to get some new ones anyway they disappoint you. And that way way you'll pay more, instead of saving money, as that's probably everyone's intention behind it.
Source by Thomas J Wallace