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Forum topic by Milo posted 03-23-2012 10:53 PM 1646 views 3 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2012 10:53 PM

I’m just curious where people find online for free, or buy their plans. I have a few projects I want to do this year, and wanted to know where there are some good places online to look.

Just in case your curious, I’m looking for Pie Safe and Blanket Chest plans. I also have a wild urge to build one of those wood geared clocks.



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#1 posted 03-23-2012 10:57 PM

Mine are provided to me, at no cost TO me, by the Obama administration :-p

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 10:58 PM

That was a joke, incidentally :-)

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 11:35 PM

here is link plus on my web page there a link to all the old shopnots and here is my page i have bein meing to get the links up hope it hellp i may have some plan in one of my book i will look

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 11:39 PM

I mainly do inlay and intarsia and I make my own “plans” using images from the internet. I also make cedar trunks of my own design like this one.

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 11:40 PM

I usually make my own but Shop notes and wood Mag, woodsmith have tons of them.

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 11:53 PM

That was funny.

Go to the library and look through the woodworking books and magazines,

-- mrg

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 11:53 PM

Hey Jim, Do you remember if Wood & Woodsmith have any kind of search engine for plans?

Neil, excellent reminder! Thanks!

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#8 posted 03-23-2012 11:58 PM

Vance covered a lot of the places that I go. I also get some from the woodworking magazines and the New Yankee Workshop.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 01:21 AM

Snowy, from the show itself, or do you buy the plans?

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 01:30 AM

My head. Seriously. I look at things I want build, combine what I like best and build it. No plans involved. This or this is as close to I get to a plan usually just in order to minimize waste when milling the wood.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 01:41 AM

I think it’s awesome when a woodworker has a vision, drafts his own set of plans and then builds the piece. It has to be a more special piece when done all by yourself from the vision to the completed project. I enjoy looking at the Projects section…true to life woodworkers…gotta love it.

Here’s a few free ones of mine for you in pdf format.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 02:06 AM

I ask because I freely admit I am NOT a good freestyler at ALL. If I don’t have something to go by, I make junk. I’ve made a few set of plans, simple things to get my dimensions right, but I really want to make a couple of nice pieces for the girls, so I’d like to find plans.


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#13 posted 03-24-2012 05:00 AM


98% of the time, I draw up my own set of plans….I have a degree in drafting techonolgy, and have all the equipment to do it with, so it kinda goes with the territory of drafting my own….I usually start with an idea in my head, then a rough sketch for size, diminisions, etc. Then I draw it up to the final draft….some subtile changes may have to be made, but nothing much. I build custom furniture for folks, so I go by what they want, and makes a few changes, if necessary….You can’t hardly find plans for things like that, so you have no choice but to draw your own….I can only remember building one thing (maybe2) by a set of plans: the NYW router table (the second one Norm built), where I ordered the plans and DVD….still got them both…All of my shop furniture and benches I built just using my own plans….

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 03:23 PM

There is a new website called that is an online marketplace just for woodworking plans. It is still in beta right now, but woodworkers will be able to post plans for sale and buyers will then review the plans sold. There is some pretty awesome software being developed that will allow woodworkers to buy a plan, and then customize parts of it to fit their project. On the designer side, woodworkers will be able to create a 3d rotatable, zoomabe, explodable model. We’re currently looking for quality designers who want to post their plans for sale (or for free), one we get enough plans, the marketplace will open to buyers. We’d love your feedback on this idea.

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#15 posted 03-24-2012 03:33 PM

Try looking up amercan woodwoRker under google books, lots of the old issues are free. There are also a couple of chests that fine woodworking has done, if you find one you like and I have a copy of it I’ll send it. I recently got their CD so I don’t mind passing out my printed copies from the magazines I bought. I’ve never really found a free plan I like. As someone else suggested there is also the library, I built a stool from the plans in a new yankee book and they sometimes have magazine back issues.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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