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#1 posted 03-22-2007 05:29 PM

I would like to design my own stuff, but right now I need to see plans to learn more of how it is done. What joints are best to use on a table, how to make aprons for the table, how to assemble a box that allows for wood movement, etc. One day I hope to be designing my own items. Right now I am working on an artist stand that a customer wanted. They found a picture of what they wanted it to look like. I have had to build it from the ground up. It does look like their stand, but I had nothing but a picture to work from. It may not be my design, but it is my work.

I do not mind buying plans for something. But if I were to make and sell the items, do I have to buy a set of plans for each one I make to compensate the designer? A small royalty may be in order for something unique.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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