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MadMark

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01-18-2016 06:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question joining sanding milling traditional modern design plans

Many here do excellent work following existing designs. For me, I’d rather wind up with a pile of kindling of my own design rather than than a perfect copy of someone elses work.

Do you: Work from existing plans?
Or: Roll your own?

Discuss!

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 06:54 PM

Both and sometimes modify an existing one.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 06:58 PM

I usually do google searches and searches on here for similar things, then use them to create my own designs. I’ve built some things off of modified plans from magazines/books though.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 07:19 PM

I’m in the “Roll your own” crowd. I never make any sort of production runs for multiple items, and I absolutely HATE to try and follow printed Plans. Years ago, when I ordered a few plans, NOTHING seemed to fit when I cut from plan measurements. So I generally start with an idea in my head, some rough dimensions for the piece (especially if it has to fit inside something already constructed) and start cutting.

Pretty much everything I do is never an exact copy of a previous piece.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 07:26 PM

I have never built a project from plans made by someone else. I’ve used existing plans as a springboard to create my own based on it, but that’s the closest I get.

I also don’t generally stick to a specific style either

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ste6168

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 07:32 PM

I agree with everyone else. Never built anything from existing plans, but I have never made a true, what i would consider “artistic” piece. All of my stuff is modeled on ideas and other pieces I have seen elsewhere.

Two examples are below, neither were my original idea, but both were built from my plans.


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bandit571

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 07:38 PM

Usually, the Single Brain Cell Sketch Up comes up with it’s own designs, and “takes” on other designs…

Just depends on the wood I have in the shop..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 07:40 PM

Well if a pile of kindling is the end result of doing your own thing, maybe it would be a good idea to learn from doing something that’s been done before and could be used as an example of what to do vs not to do.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#8 posted 01-18-2016 07:47 PM

While I’m not too experienced of a woodworker, on of my favorite parts of the process is designing something unique to make. Conceptualizing something you know will be beautiful (to yourself, at least) is as rewarding as completing the project in my opinion. I’ll wake up one morning with an idea and draw it during the school day and I ultimately end up with something I’m excited to build one day. Even with an existing style I like to draw my own plans, edit the look a bit, and mix it up. I’m not opposed to using plans, but I just don’t for now. Maybe if I tackle some intense and accurate reproduction I’ll use some, but for now? Not a chance.

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MadMark

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#9 posted 01-18-2016 07:49 PM

Like you’ve never mis cut or wound up cutting miters backward? With the Incra I make very precise errors. If I cut something an inch short I can take solice in that it is precisely 1.000” short.

Prototypes occasionally wind up in the kindling (or at least in the offcut) pile.

Even a simple box may take several prototypes to get ‘just’ right.

But in the end my project is mine – warts and all.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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#10 posted 01-18-2016 07:51 PM

Definitely roll my own. However it’s rarely, if ever, entirely conceived in my own mind. There are usually several sources of inspiration that I “make my own”.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-18-2016 08:15 PM


I have never built a project from plans made by someone else. I ve used existing plans as a springboard to create my own based on it, but that s the closest I get.

- Mosquito


Definitely roll my own. However it s rarely, if ever, entirely conceived in my own mind. There are usually several sources of inspiration that I “make my own”.

- HokieKen

Some combination of these. I don’t build from plans, but may use plans or pieces I’ve seen as inspiration for creating my own piece.

I like the creative side of woodworking. Slavishly following someone else’s plans isn’t being creative, it’s being re-creative.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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BurlyBob

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#12 posted 01-20-2016 01:11 AM

I’m pretty much in that roll my own crowd. Some of the designs/patterns seem to be a little over the top with details.

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TheFridge

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#13 posted 01-20-2016 01:15 AM

I steal plans as much as possible. Let someone else do the work.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 01-20-2016 01:26 AM

I build from plans. Sometimes after building a prototype from a plan I will then modify the next version slightly.

I don’t consider myself to be artistically inclined.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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bandit571

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#15 posted 01-20-2016 02:48 AM



I steal plans as much as possible. Let someone else do the work.

- TheFridge


LOL….and that is why I’ve never drawn plans for the stuff I build…...LOL.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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