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02-05-2012 02:39 AM

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I’m new to this hobby and would like to know if there are any good websites that offer free plans for smaller/beginner projects. I’m interested in building a nightstand/end table.

Thanks for your help!

-- Gina - Pottstown, PA


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#1 posted 02-05-2012 02:44 AM

You can just search for free woodwoking plans. You’ll get thousands of results. A lot of them have free downloads as well as plans you can buy cheap.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 02:46 AM

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 04:29 AM

I do mostly scroll work.
From my experience, most free plans for anything you’d need a plan for are worth what you pay for them.

As for scrolling though, there is one site I recommend all the time to beginners with free plans.
Scrollsaw Workshop

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 04:34 AM

I thought of a site where I’ve ordered a lot of scrolling plans from that offer plans for just about everything and the prices are very reasonable.
woodcraftplans.com
Here is a plan for an arts and craft style end table/night stand. It costs $10.95 plus shipping. All the plans I’ve ordered from them came in short time, were easy to follow, and their customer service is great if there ever is a problem.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 04:43 AM

Gina,

Jim had good advice, and a plus is that you can probably find New Yankee Workshop books at your local library. I know I used to find them in mine, and even if you can’t, I’ll bet they can get one for you easily enough.

Good luck!

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 05:01 AM

New Yankee workshop is a good place for plans, especially for beginners because you can get the video with the plans and watch ol’ Norm build the piece. www.newyankee.com

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 05:28 AM

If you are looking for furniture ideas, this website has a lot of good looking, easy to build projects great for the beginning woodworker.

http://ana-white.com/

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#9 posted 02-05-2012 05:51 AM

As you progress and are ready for more advanced projects check out American furniture designs, I’ve heard they will talk you through some area’s of a project you may have trouble with. Also, consider subscribing too Woodsmith and Shop notes magazines, they have great plans that are designed for new wood workers.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 05:54 AM

Second on Hayes1212 recommendation.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 06:07 AM

Plans? We don’ need no stinkeen’ PLANS!! Try something you designed yourself. A table might be a little ambitious for a starter, in that case.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 06:11 AM

Danpaddles, I love old movie references.
Back on the subject though.
I use a lot of plans for things I couldn’t figure out myself, or for things such as my scroll saw patterns with all the intricate designs and such.
For simple furniture pieces though such a s nightstand, I often just look in my many pattern catalogs for ideas and go from there. I’ll start out building it to look like the photo in the catalog, and modify it as I see fit.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 06:17 AM

Oh, and as for the quote made by Danpaddles,
Most people easily recognize it from Blazing Saddles (1974) ”Badges? We dont’t need no stinkin’ badges”

The line actually originated in a 1927 novel.

In film it was then used in a Humprey Bogart movie in 1948 when Gold Hat said, ”Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

Still others remember it from a Monkeys episode in 1967, and Weird Al Yankovich in UHF in 1989.

It is one of the most misquoted (from changing the words such as Danpaddles done) in pop culture history.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 06:56 AM

Roll on over to Steve Ramseys web site. www.woodworkingformeremortals.com He does not have plans but he does show how to build some great stuff. Plans are over rated. I think the most rewarding part of woodworking is designing your own stuff.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#15 posted 02-05-2012 07:02 AM

You guys are great, thanks so much!

-- Gina - Pottstown, PA

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