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Forum topic by BoomWood posted 04-19-2018 08:07 PM 443 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BoomWood

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04-19-2018 08:07 PM

Hi all!
I am finally moving out of my tiny basement shop with just enough room to make cutting boards and turning projects, and will have a garage to start building furniture!
I plan to build dining room table, outdoor (picnic) table, adirondack chairs, coffee tables, etc…
Some bedroom furniture as well.
Some of these I will design on my own, others i prefer to buy plans for.
Which plans do you recommend?
Any and all input is greatly appreciated!


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 08:11 PM

Sketchup has loads of free plans.

Fine Woodworking has low-cost plans too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BoomWood

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 08:14 PM



Sketchup has loads of free plans.

Fine Woodworking has low-cost plans too.

- pintodeluxe

Cool! I’ll check sketchup out! I would also like to support the community so any of you all here, or youtubers that have plans…I’m open to anything!

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BFamous

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 12:52 AM

I’ve started putting a bunch of plans on my site, all free. And I’m usually pretty open to suggestions for what to draw up next if you have something in mind…

I’ve also gotten some decent plans from http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/category/plans/ over the years

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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TimInIndiana

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 12:58 AM

There’s a guy named Ted that has a lot of plans… I think he frequents this site. I think you get like 16,000 plans in exchange for your credit card details.

... Just kidding – please don’t buy Ted’s woodworking plans.

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#5 posted 04-20-2018 01:50 AM

I have posted a link to my Google drive before for members looking for plans. PM me. Huge data base of hundreds of plans, books and magazines. Although, as many members have told me, plans are just a rough idea starter. I have found this to be true.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Rich

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#6 posted 04-20-2018 01:55 AM

The problem with plans is that you don’t often find one for a piece that’s perfect for you. Maybe it’s 4 inches too wide for the space you want to put it, or some other feature or dimension you would like to change. That means you have to figure out just how that change affects the plans and how to compensate for them.

You also have no idea how thorough and accurate the plans are that you find on some woodworking sites. The magazine sites are pretty good, since they had to at least build the prototype that appears in the photos and hopefully found and corrected all of the errors in their initial design. When it comes to just some woodworker’s plans he’s offering, whether for free or for a charge, you have no idea whether he’s actually built that piece, or just drew it up and put it out there. It’s like recipe books — you need testers to figure out what is, or can go, wrong.

If you want to excel at your craft, I suggest studying design rather than using plans. Do you like Craftsman style? Shaker? Look for books of shop drawings for whatever style you like by guys like Bob Lang and Glen Huey. They’re pretty darned close to plans, but also give you insight into what makes Shaker style what it is.

There are countless books on furniture design in general. It also pays to gain an understanding of ratios and scale. A great book for that is By Hand & Eye. You can check out https://lostartpress.com for it and lots of other great books.

Willie mentioned SketchUp. It’s a great tool for prototyping and refining your design. Done correctly, when you’ve completed your SketchUp model, you’ve essentially built the piece on the computer. I’ve managed to achieve a pretty advanced level of understanding of SketchUp and I owe it to Bob Lang. His teaching style was the one that clicked with me and his enhanced PDFs with video built in are excellent. His blog is over at https://readwatchdo.com for more information.

Finally, our very own Charles Neil did a 26 part piece for youtube on building a pie safe three ways. You may not want to build a pie safe, but it covers virtually every aspect of construction from joinery, to wood movement and how to account for it. You can find it by searching on youtube.

Best of luck.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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BoomWood

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#7 posted 04-20-2018 01:02 PM



I ve started putting a bunch of plans on my site, all free. And I m usually pretty open to suggestions for what to draw up next if you have something in mind…

I ve also gotten some decent plans from http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/category/plans/ over the years

- BFamous

Awesome thanks I’ll check it out!

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BoomWood

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#8 posted 04-20-2018 01:05 PM



There s a guy named Ted that has a lot of plans… I think he frequents this site. I think you get like 16,000 plans in exchange for your credit card details.

... Just kidding – please don t buy Ted s woodworking plans.

- TimInIndiana

Good suggestion, just entered in all my information. Just waiting for those plans! :)

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BoomWood

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#9 posted 04-20-2018 01:06 PM



I have posted a link to my Google drive before for members looking for plans. PM me. Huge data base of hundreds of plans, books and magazines. Although, as many members have told me, plans are just a rough idea starter. I have found this to be true.

- Andybb

Sending you a PM, Thanks!

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Mike_D_S

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#10 posted 04-23-2018 05:03 AM

I’m a couple of days late, but you can get a lot of free plans from the Woodsmith TV show from their website for the small price of your email address and getting some promotional emails from them.

They also have the Woodsmith magazine and you can get all the back issues online for $79. This is a fair amount of money, but I like the magazine (I subscribe) and think the plans are pretty well documented and laid out. I built a number of things from their plans and find them to be fairly well described and mostly beginner friendly.

Start by checking the free plans from the TV show and see what you think. The back issues magazine library is something like 200 issues, so I’m sure you’ll find something in there you like.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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