If you've grown tired of the cheap, shoddy furniture you can afford from department stores, and you've also developed an interest in handiwork and building, the next reasonable step is to look for plans for furniture to build yourself. It's simple to see the difference in price. Find any beginner's woodwork plans for simple bookshelves, and look up the cost of the materials. Now, price comparable prebuilt shelves. Sure, you can probably get plastic or pressboard or plywood shelves as cheaply-but you already know how unappealing those look.
Not only that, they'll be worthless in a few years (if not months). But solid, home built bookshelves will make your own home more appealing and more attractive. With proper care in building and maintenance, they'll last a lifetime. And with free or inexpensive woodwork project plans and raw materials from your local hardware store, they'll be a fraction of the cost of comparable shelves from the furniture store.
Choosing easy plans for furniture might be overwhelming at first. You'll find plenty of free plans online, but you may find too many. That's okay. Read through a few to get a feel for them, and then you'll easily be able to discard plans that are too vague, require equipment that's too expensive to invest in yet, or materials you are not comfortable with. If the online search is too frustrating for you, do not worry. Your hardware store probably has books and magazines of carpentry project plans, as does the community library.
Your hardware store will be an excellent source in building from the plans furniture that suits your specific needs and desires. Once you've chosen a plan, read through it again carefully. If there's anything you are not certain of, or any substitutions you want to make, make note of it. When you go to buy your materials, bring the plans, including any diagrams, with you. Bring your notes as well.
If there's something your hardware store does not have that's listed on the step by step woodworking plans, having the woodwork plans with you will help. You can simply ask an employee what a good substitution would be; he or she will be able to make a better recommendation if the furniture plans are handy for examination.
Or maybe you have your own creative idea, or would like advice on finishing, painting, or staining the project. Hardware store employees will be able to point you in the right direction.
Your first projects may require extra time and effort but the key to creating family heirlooms from woodwork project plans is as simple patient planning. You'll gain skills with your first simple carpentry projects that will assist you with future projects, and the process will become easier.
Source by Joe Moss