Working with wood can be such a joy at times as you stand back & admire a beautiful piece of furniture or project you have just completed.But it can also be a pain at times too,no matter what job your attempting whether it be big or small, it should always be planned out properly in advance.So depending on what project your trying to complete,will determine how complex your set of woodworking plans should be.Before you begin your DIYproject you will need to make sure all the joints will fit in the area you intend them to go.This is why it is vital to have a good set of blueprints to work to.
There’s an old saying which I remember being told from an old tradesman when I was a youngster first starting out ” measure twice – cut once ” this can save a lot of extra work & expence,so go back & double check your sizes.Imagine how sick you would feel if you made a beautiful set of drawers or a cupboard which was to fit into an alcove,only to find you had made an error & it was 1/2″ too wide !
I’m guessing you must enjoy working with wood otherwise you wouldn’t have arrived here,but to make it as enjoyable as possible,you also need to make it as easy as possible.You could attempt to design your own plans & there are a few tools that can be purchased online to help design your own,but you may not have the time nor inclination to do so,or if your not a woodworking proffesional you may not actually know where to even start & it may actually take you longer to create the plans than to built your project. In order to make your project a happy & rewarding experience you will need a good set of woodworking plans.
One thing I would suggest is to keep away from free woodworking plans which can be found all over the internet,there are many sites offering these & I have looked at a few myself,but found most of them to be quite poor.Sure you will find the odd one or two which may be ok,but in general I think they don’t give enough information or detail to help most woodwork enthusiasts,thus leaving you confused & possibly with an unfinished job,which is the last thing you want especially if you have purchased a beautiful or expensive piece of wood !
Over the years I have found that most DIY enthusiasts would prefer to have a clear & concise set of plans with an easy to follow set of instructions & include plenty of diagrams & pictures of how to assemble whichever project they are undertaking.I’m sure there will be many people reading this who will have built a bookcase or completed another project & thought to themselves “yes I’m quite pleased,but I could have maybe made this better if I only I had a good set of plans.
Since I was a young guy learning my trade, I personally have invested in many really good woodworking books,including books with hundreds of woodworking patterns.I have even moved with the times & in the last couple of years & purchased some online & quite a few electronic books.These have proved to be an excellent addition to my collection,thanks mainly to their good & easy to follow content.
If your just at the beginning of your woodworking journey,I would suggest starting small & simple ensuring your Marking out is correct.
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