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CantBurn

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757 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tip resource

So we have all seen the sites that tout the most plans, the cheapest. The question I pose is this, which is it? Or, without saying it depends on what I’m looking for. Just an overall opinion of the “best” is fine. Thanks.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 757 days ago

I usually like Fine Woodworking plans, and have ordered from them before.

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 757 days ago

I never use plans…I just use my own imagination and mind to figure out what I am building. For me personally, using plans would seem to make the process too mechanical.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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CantBurn

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#3 posted 757 days ago

Thanks so far.

Pint-I will check those out.

Greg-I know what you mean. A. I’m not that imaginative and B. I like plans especially when it comes to some measurements. I’m usually a terrible gauge of heights that are good. And obviously, once I cut for height, I can’t add more wood if it needs to be higher.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 757 days ago

Chris – Im also a bad judge of heights and proportions so ive found that when im about to build, lets say, a coffee table, ill check out a retailer online and grab their measurements as a base line for proportions. Ive also been adopting the “sneak up on it” approach which has been working pretty well for me. I cut everythign just a little bit bigger than ill need it and usually plane away the materials until i get a nice good fit. I call it Ninja woodworking, those guys are sneaky.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 757 days ago

Wood magazine has some decent plans on their site.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Tedster

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#6 posted 757 days ago

I like plans as a rough guide to help me avoid simple oversights, make materials lists, and to get new ideas. I don’t follow the plans but I like having them for reference.

http://freewoodworkingplan.com/ has quite a collection of free plans gathered from around the internet.

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DamnYankee

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#7 posted 757 days ago

What Ted said.

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DamnYankee

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#8 posted 757 days ago

Even when I’ve set out to make by a plan I’ve ended up modifying it.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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CantBurn

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#9 posted 757 days ago

All good tips, its nice to see I’m not the only one who can find some use of plans. I figure that until I become Norm, it’s nice to have them as a safety net. Thanks for the link Ted.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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lumberjoe

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#10 posted 757 days ago

A great tip for newbies someone here told me once; build SOMETHING from super simple and detailed plans. Even if you don’t like it. You will learn a lot about how to put things together properly, planning your cuts to minimize waste, and some neat “tricks” that after you do you will say “why the $%^& didn’t I think of that before!

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 757 days ago

It’s nice to have plans but to be honest most of the things that I have built have been done from pictures and then even modified for my own needs. There are plenty of pictures on the internet. A while back I did use a plan for a full size corner cabinet to make a matching pair of built in corner cabinets for our living room. However, the plan was still modified. The plans were good quality, however, and came from Wood Magazine.

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 757 days ago

I find many of the plans my students bring me are flawed but there is on place that I’ve found that have very accurate and useful projects “Woodsmith”

http://www.woodsmithshop.com/episodes/downloads/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bhack

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#13 posted 757 days ago

I don’t think there is a best site. It really depends on what you are looking far. www.plansnow.com, www.ubild.com, many of the magazines web site have plans tab. I like using plans because I am designed challenged so I like plans.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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chrisstef

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#14 posted 757 days ago

anywhere but “Ted’s Woodworking” ... Ted’s a hack.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Remedyman

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#15 posted 757 days ago

Chrisstef, you do realize now I have to go look at Ted’s woodworking just to check it out. Shame on you and your negative advertising.

Maybe I will respond with what I find there.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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