Downloadable woodworking plans have brought a sense of ease and comfort to the world of woodworking. I am able to turn on my computer and a few minutes later I am finding answers to any question I may have. There are many advantages with using downloadable woodworking plans. However, I must warn you, there are some plans out there that are not any good. So let's take a look at the benefits of these plans, as well as what to look for, and where to look.
The first advantage of downloadable woodworking plans is the amount of time I save. Like I said, I look at the internet and find what fits my needs. It also saves time because I can plan my projects while still at home. I can comparison shop online for materials and tools, so I know exactly what I need, and how much it's going to cost. So now I've saved money as well. Being able to easily organize my files is another asset I like with downloadable woodworking plans. I keep everything on my computer's hard drive, so no more having to search through a mountain of papers to find which plan I am looking for.
Next, what do I look for in these plans? This is where I am going to tell you, "You get what you pay for." I tend to stay away from any type of plan that is free, unless I have a good knowledge of what I am doing and want to tweek a plan or explore new ideas. These plans tend to say things like "get some screws." Ok, what kind of screws? You see my point. Look for downloadable woodworking plans that offer step-by-step instructions. Instructions that are detailed and tell you exactly what you need. Additionally, look for a money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, get your money back.
A great place to find information about plans and where to obtain them is woodworking forums and DIY message boards. Simply type in "woodworking forums" into a search engine and many results will return. Sometimes you can find other woodworkers who are willing to share plans and ideas with you, as well as reviews of woodworking plans and products on the market. If you do not see what you are looking for, post a question. Most avid woodworkers will be more than happy to help. Tomorrowmore, I do believe in karma with forums. So if you see a question you can answer, make a post.
You have a powerful tool right at your fingertips. Use it! For me, laying the groundwork for a project is always the toughest part. These plans have made my life so much easier in respects to woodworking. By knowing what to look for and where to look, you will will be able to take a little of the stress out of preparation for woodworking.
Source by Robert McGee