The thing about small woodworking projects and plans is that they are sometimes filled with too much detail. They may be language that is not easy to understand or are using tools that you are not familiar with. These plans claim to be for beginners. Once you start the project you quickly discover that the equipment and joints used are clearly not what a beginner would use.
How do you choose a beginner's project or plan?
It is clear that choosing a project to do on your own or with your children can be a difficult task. You need to be frank when it comes to small woodworking projects and plans. Go for a project or a plan that matches your current skill level. Soon you will have more experience and be able to take on more challenging projects. If you are just starting out then do not try an expert level plan for your first few projects.
The small woodworking projects and plans that are reasonable for beginners have the woodworking patterns included, the size of the patterns, and written step by step instructions. You would be surprised by how many plans leave out some important details especially when it comes to measurements and materials. An expert would have no problem with this but a beginner may end up frustrated and lost.
They should also have pictures or photographs of the finished product, a list of the items and materials to be used, and drawings which are important but should not be the only illustration of the project plan. Following these guidelines can be difference between having a great experience or a lousy one.
Source by Michael Brandon Smith